13 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Boy Least Likely To’s relentlessly sunny, 2005 debut, The Best Party Ever, resulted in no small amount of buzz and British musicians Jof Owen and Pete Hobbs wisely stayed the course with The Law of the Playground, offering more of the effervescent, gleeful pop that won them such accolades in the first place. While tunes like the fiddle-and-banjo driven “Saddle Up,” and the sing-along imperative “A Balloon On A Broken String” would not sound out of place on a kids’ TV show, the gleeful bounce and radiant energy often belies more melancholy, adult themes: singer Owen sweetly croons lines like, “I know I look all shiny and bouncy, but I’m all empty inside” and “I wake up every morning feeling sad,” sentiments not exactly made for the Sesame Street crowd. Mood changers like “Whiskers,” with its marching snare drum, sad banjo, and whooshing synths, and the lonely scientist lament, “The Boy Least Likely to Is a Machine,” keep things from glazing over with twee-ness. TBLLT make clever, gleaming pop crafted with a healthy yin/yang dynamic: Think, I’m From Barcelona and Noah and the Whale, with a bit of a Jekyll/Hyde twist added to the whole affair. Bingo.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Boy Least Likely To’s relentlessly sunny, 2005 debut, The Best Party Ever, resulted in no small amount of buzz and British musicians Jof Owen and Pete Hobbs wisely stayed the course with The Law of the Playground, offering more of the effervescent, gleeful pop that won them such accolades in the first place. While tunes like the fiddle-and-banjo driven “Saddle Up,” and the sing-along imperative “A Balloon On A Broken String” would not sound out of place on a kids’ TV show, the gleeful bounce and radiant energy often belies more melancholy, adult themes: singer Owen sweetly croons lines like, “I know I look all shiny and bouncy, but I’m all empty inside” and “I wake up every morning feeling sad,” sentiments not exactly made for the Sesame Street crowd. Mood changers like “Whiskers,” with its marching snare drum, sad banjo, and whooshing synths, and the lonely scientist lament, “The Boy Least Likely to Is a Machine,” keep things from glazing over with twee-ness. TBLLT make clever, gleaming pop crafted with a healthy yin/yang dynamic: Think, I’m From Barcelona and Noah and the Whale, with a bit of a Jekyll/Hyde twist added to the whole affair. Bingo.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

47 Ratings

47 Ratings

worth the wait

crabby23

i didn't think they could top the first record (which hasn't left my top 25 most played since i discovered it a few years ago) but 'saddle up', 'the boy with two hearts' and the lemonade song all give 'be gentle with me' a run for its money in awesomeness...all of their music makes me really happy even though its a little bit sad sometimes, i hope they make many more records and the next one doesn't take so long to come out

THE BOYS MOST LIKELY TO

mr.oscillator

steal my heart! this is as great as there first album. come back to LA

BEST PARTY EVER MAN!!!

the graas

These guys are very underated. Their first Cd was great, but this one is quite a bit better. The Boy Least Likely To are just a feel good band,and in these days they are very refreshing. Enjoy and sit back.GREAT STUFF!!!

About The Boy Least Likely To

U.K. duo the Boy Least Likely To was one of the freshest and most exciting indie pop groups to surface in the mid-decade. The group is made up of singer/lyricist Jof Owen and Pete Hobbs. Owen writes the words and sings them; Hobbs writes the music and plays it. Formed in the English countryside (specifically Wendover), the Boy Least Likely To is influenced by country storytellers like Marty Robbins, C-86 indie pop groups like the Pastels and Television Personalities, and turn-of-the-century pop groups like Belle & Sebastian and Kenickie.

They began releasing records on their own Too Young to Die label in 2003. The Papercuts 7" was first; then came the incredibly good Be Gentle with Me/Hugging My Grudge later in the year. The Fur Soft as Fur single followed in 2004 and the Best Party Ever album (which contained many of the songs released as singles) was unleashed in February of 2005. The record garnered some good reviews and lots of attention from blogs, all of it well deserved. Live shows in the U.K. and Europe were undertaken to support the album, and the rest of 2005 saw re-releases of Papercuts and Hugging My Grudge on 7", and a U.K.-only release of Monsters. The Best Party Ever was issued in America in early 2006 and the band toured the U.S., both as an opening act for James Blunt and as a headliner.

After a long delay, the duo's second album, The Law of the Playground, surfaced in spring of 2009. To celebrate the holidays in 2010, they released a full-length album of Christmas songs -- some traditional, some the duo composed --titled Christmas Special. Before their next album, the duo decided to switch things up and set aside the instruments they had used to create their music in favor of electronic gear. Out went the banjos and ukuleles, in came cheap drum machines and wonky old synths, though their trademark cheerful songwriting style stayed about the same. The fourth album, The Great Perhaps, was self-released in early 2013. ~ Tim Sendra

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