Album Review: Joker’s Daughter – The Last Laugh (Double Six Records)
Joker’s Daughter is the brainchild of UK dwelling Greek-Cypriot Helena Costas and seeing that she’s signed to Conor Oberst‘s Team Love label, engineered by hip-hop innovator Danger Mouse and that Sparklehorse have lent a hand instrumentally, Rivmixx was expecting big things from this debut.
Unfortunately, the album seems to add up to less than the sum of its parts. Sure, it’s all very nice Drake-esque pastoral folk, suitable for summers days and whiling away balmy nights as background music (‘JD Folk Blues’), but there is little innovation at work on ‘The Last Laugh’. An over indulgence in Arthurian legend, which may seem exotic to her US label, simply sounds tired and a little like Zeppelin on Tolkien, who for all their accomplishments, were never great lyricists.
There are occasional flashes of inspiration to perk the interest of the listener. ‘Jelly Belly’ subtly blends choral vocals, reggae organs and softly squelching synths to great result and instrumental title track ‘The Last Laugh’ is probably the most successful melding of Danger Mouse‘s formidable production talent with folk convention. However, it seems that the producer opted to take a back seat, probably thinking he would serve the album better that way, whereas in reality this release would sound considerably less stale had the virtuoso stepped on some toes and taken the reigns.
Written for Rivmixx