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Friday, September 12, 2008

CD Review: The Break And Repair Method - Milk The Bee

The Break And Repair Method - Milk The Bee
2008, Bluhammock Music

The Break And Repair Method is Matchbox 20’s Paul Doucette, along with a cast of friends and musical associates including Matt Beck (Matchbox 20); Moon Unit Zappa; Nina Gordon (Veruca Salt); David Levita (Alanis Morrissette); Roger Manning (Beck) and Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney). Doucette took a brief recording/touring break by Matchbox 20 to create and record songs of his own, and what a result. Milk The Bee will be released on September 16, 2008, and you have to hear this.

Milk The Bee is full of gorgeous, light and airy pop songs that put a bounce in your step and a smile upon your face. The album opens with This City (Is Bound To Do Us In), an infectious tune that dances along to a violin/piano duet. You Won't Be Able To Be Sad is a classic pop song in the 1980's tradition that has serious potential as a single. The Break And Repair Method stylistically makes me think of the Beatles with Ben Folds sitting in on piano at times like this.

Now We Become Part Of It is one of my personal favorites here, with a lilting melody and a deceptive swing beat. Life Gets Beautiful is perhaps the best pure pop song here with its relentless beat and a melody that will not quit. There isn't a weak song on Milk The Bee, but among all the good songs is one that rises far above: The Most Somebody Can Know is the sort of song they build movies around. It's contemplative and mellow, and you'll find yourself putting your CD player/computer/MP3 player on continuous playback for just this song.

The Break And Repair Method is the sort of band you might overlook on one casual listen. Doucette has a penchant for feel good happy music wrapped around a vague lyrical melancholy, but the melodies stick with you like oatmeal on a cold winter's day. The lyrics are smart and subtle, and the performance is tight. A few listens in you realize just how good Paul Doucette really is. Milk The Bee is destined to be a prized favorite in your collection and is a Wildy’s World Certified Desert Island Disc.

Rating: 5 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about The Break And Repair Method at Milk The Bee will go on sale on 9/16/08 and is available through

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