From its cracked cabaret start to the Salvation Army march of its endearing title track ("Bring me back as a bird and I'll sing all day"), The Piccolo Heart exhibits a rare sense of musical and lyrical humor that is not only refreshingly original and most welcome, it is entirely infectious. Like Tom Waits without the early years of bourbon and the latter years of brimstone, Boutette's crafty songs intermittently creep up or pounce on you. Either way, you're along for a fun ride.
A decidedly happy slop sink of styles, the Junk Monkey's former guitarist ranges woozily from the above mentioned cabaret (Dime In Hand, Love Won't Go Away ("So you'd better make room for it"), then waltzes blithely into Girl In Love ("Who swept the moon from the sky?"). Wilco whispers Brave Little Darling while a bowed bass wreaks havoc on the deceptively pretty First Snow of November. Throw in an inventive rendering of Stephen Foster's Why No One to Love?'and The Piccolo Heart becomes a true restorative in every sense of the word.
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