Har Mar Superstar
There is a fine line between succeeding and failing on an album that sounds good and is also intended to be funny. Har Mar Superstar’s albums in the past have been funny and cringeworthy, but after one listen, it’s difficult to pick up the album again.
Although the majority of Dark Touches is not something I would want to listen to on a regular basis, there are a few tracks that are some of Har Mar Superstar’s best work. “Sunshine” exposed more of Sean Tillman’s talent as a musician rather than just as a comedian. The lyrics aren’t too over the top and the disco beats are toned down. “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” also stands out, subtly bridging the gap between comedy and music.
And if you are a fan of Har Mar Superstar’s lyrics, he does not disappoint. Take a listen to “Almond Joy,” I think the title alone speaks for itself. “Girls Only” was supposedly written for the Cheetah Girls, which is why it is from a girl’s perspective. If only they knew what they were missing out on. Har Mar sings, “I’ve got cute little cuticles/ that is indisputable”.
Although this album is an improvement from his previous work, to fully understand this album (and his work overall), you must see him live.