Duit on Mon Dei is an album that feels like it''s stuck on an island somewhere in the Caribbean, and well, because it''s stuck on the same theme for the entirety of the album with a touch of Harry''s usual weird experimentation, I imagine this is the kind of music you''d hear...
Duit on Mon Dei is an album that feels like it''s stuck on an island somewhere in the Caribbean, and well, because it''s stuck on the same theme for the entirety of the album with a touch of Harry''s usual weird experimentation, I imagine this is the kind of music you''d hear from a man who''s been on an island alone for too long!
"Salmon Falls" is what was missing from Harry''s previous album. This takes the tropical theme and actually makes it *interesting* with the orchestral arrangements sometimes being beautiful, other times really eerie and ominous. All the while being adventurous, creative and carefree with the steel drums... This song has a way of gradually transitioning into imagery of an outer space mission after such a peaceful moment of bliss at the beach. Then the vocals comes in and this melody is smooth sailing all the way to the end. I can truly say I''ve never heard anything like this and that I love it!
"It''s a Jungle Out There" has steel drums and flutes played sparsely while Harry sings a really good upbeat vocal melody. Yeah this song will make you think you''re in a jungle escaping hungry lions and angry giraffes! Did I just say angry giraffes? *facepalm for being uncreative* "Kojak Columbo" is more of the same. Looks like instead of balladry or relaxing tropical tunes making up Duit on Mon Dei like they do on the previous album, Harry''s going for a more exciting and upbeat tropical adventure here which is preferable if I do say so. Songwriting-wise it''s pretty hard to say which album is better though. Anyway, a piano serves as the main beat for "Kojak Columbo". Harry''s hoarse vocals give the music personality too (whether intentional or not).
"Good for God" is sort of like a combination of ragtime and blues turned into a ballad. The background chorus is pretty catchy. "Good for God, I bet he''s got a very hard job!" Yeah I bet he does. Funny lyrics about a loophole too- "Before they put me in the hole, I pray to God I''ll find a big loophole". "Home" has a groovier beat to match the beach and the steel drums this time. Some of the bouncy piano and sax work near the middle is really catchy, but admittedly the vocal melody itself is a bit lacking. "Jesus Christ You''re Tall" is based around a couple swift moving piano lines while Harry blurts out lyrics about Jesus and how nobody wants to dance with him. "What''s Your Sign" certainly starts out on a LOUD note with gospel vocals... unintentional gospel vocals based on Harry''s deteriorating hoarse voice at the time. But then there''s other vocalists (like how many seriously?) contributing to the gospel too. Structurally this is pretty similar to "Good for God" and other songs (well minus the backup vocals I mean). Haven''t a clue what the lyrics are about. I think there''s enough of a struggle just trying to make out what''s being said, lol.
"Easier for Me" sounds like it came directly from A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night with its dramatic show tune nature. But wait! When taken out of context it''s a whole lot easier to appreciate it! When you''re not exposed to over 50 minutes of this musical theater stuff and instead it''s just 2 and a half minute song, it''s much easier to absorb it! It''s still really hokey though. "Down By the Sea" is much nicer than the version from the previous album. It''s more upbeat for one thing, and shorter. A LOT shorter! "Turn Out the Light" has a slight Asian sound to its tropical-ness. Not as good as the version from the previous album. I don''t feel like sleeping to this! No way! Too unusual to fall asleep to. Plus I can''t help but picture Harry Nilsson singing this song to me while I lay in a hammock in a hut. Yeah... that''s weird! "Puget Sound" has a beautiful vocal melody. "A cracker jack was jacking up the bottom of the town, and a little wooden man and his papermate danced a crazy jigsaw puzzle and they laughed at all the hate," is a funny line. This song is really playful and awesome.
3 stars is about right for Duit on Mon Dei. I can only handle so much of the desert island theme even though it''s quite the unusual experiment which is something that deserves recognition, but on the other hand half of this stuff is forgettable toss off material without much foresight. Still not bad.