Australasia's Biggest Online Store

We won't be beaten by anyone. Guaranteed

The Handler [Parental Advisory]
By

Rating
Album: The Handler
# Song Title   Time
1)    Transit
2)    Body Request
3)    Dui
4)    Cut Me Up
5)    Sugar Pie
6)    As (Seasons)
7)    Save the Strip
8)    O
9)    Back the Camel Up
10)    Bird in the Hand
11)    Back in the Day
12)    Alone Again (Naturally)
 

Album: The Handler
# Song Title   Time
1)    Transit
2)    Body Request
3)    Dui
4)    Cut Me Up
5)    Sugar Pie
6)    As (Seasons)
7)    Save the Strip
8)    O
9)    Back the Camel Up
10)    Bird in the Hand
11)    Back in the Day
12)    Alone Again (Naturally)
 
Product Description
Product Details

Tracks

1. Transit

2. Body Request

3. Dui

4. Cut Me Up

5. Sugar Pie

6. As [Seasons]

7. Save The Strip

8. O

9. Back The Camel Up

10. Bird In The Hand

11. Back In The Day

12. Alone Again [Naturally]

Performer Notes
  • Har Mar Superstar: Sean Tillmann (vocals, various instruments).
  • Personnel: Jimmy Coup (vocals, whistling, guitar); Wendy Yao, Alexi Wasser, Nelly Kim, Holly Valance, Northern State, Ben Webster, Karen O, Jeremy Allen (vocals); Nick Zinner (guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards); Ken Chastain (guitar, harmonica, percussion); David J. Lichens (guitar); Chris Murphy (violin); Brian Gallagher (flute); Matt Mahaffey (keyboards); Pete Thomas (drums, tambourine); Michael Bland (drums); Dorian Crozier (hi-hat).
  • Additional personnel: John Fields (various instruments); Michael Bland , Karen O.
  • Audio Mixers: John Fields ; Steven Miller .
  • Recording information: Mansfield Lodge.
  • Photographer: Mike Piscitelli.
  • It's more than a little surprising that Sean Tillman has been able to make a three-album career out of Har Mar Superstar. While his randy send-up of urban music doesn't quite reach code-red, Weird Al levels of jokiness, Tillman's music and shtick (wow, a chubby white guy singing about sex!) always come closer to novelty music than sultry R&B. Not that it needs to be genuine -- at his best, Har Mar Superstar is sincerely fake. Har Mar Superstar played the irony of the contrast between Tillman's look and sound to the hilt, and You Can Feel Me added major-label bling to the mix; while both albums had more than a few fun moments, they weren't exactly consistent. On Har Mar's third album, The Handler, the fun moments are fewer, and the disappointments more frequent; there's nothing as clever as "Power Lunch" or as gleeful as "EZ Pass" here. Throughout the album, Tillman sounds less confident than he ever has before, deploying backing vocalists to underscore affirmations like "Har Mar is so sexy!" and shout "woo!" on "Transit" and "Body Request" to remind everyone (including himself) of how much fun we're supposed to be having. Most of The Handler finds Tillman working well-worn territory, but a few interesting production touches perk up "DUI," which features a Kanye West-like, helium-voiced shorty, while "Save the Strip"'s spare, prickly sound nods to Timbaland's productions. The album's middle stretch is quirky enough to be the work of Har Mar Superstar without being grating: "Cut Me Up" is a sleek electro-pop duet with Karen O; though she and Tillman are both vocalists that teeter on the edge of distinctive and annoying, for the most part they stay on the better side of that divide. Another Yeah Yeah Yeah, guitarist Nick Zinner, appears on the frisky, glitchy "As (Seasons)," another one of The Handler's better tracks, and "Sugar Pie" ranks among Tillman's best Stevie Wonderisms. It's too bad that Har Mar Superstar doesn't just release singles instead of trying to come up with an entire album's worth of songs; Tillman's gimmick is fun in small doses, but his fair-to-middling pipes and an ability to make seemingly innocent phrases like "Bird in the Hand" sound drippingly lascivious do not a good album make. As it stands, The Handler shows that Har Mar Superstar can also give new meaning to the term "trying too hard." ~ Heather Phares
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[A] horny, disco-infused party starter for those who like their funk with a side of irony."

Uncut (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[E]xposing his superb white R&B voice, accomplished rapping and groovy pop songs."
Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
Home » Music » Pop
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling The Handler on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond World Ltd.
Back to top