Okay, the review is in Dutch, but thanks google translate you might be able to make some sense of it… well, maybe. Here it is:
The gratitude is great. It’s Vanity & Jokes managed to give us a physical copy of his eponymous album to send. It is hopelessly outdated, but the reviewers can not Musicfrom.nl of digitally transmitted music review. We generally work even with a typewriter (1967) in an old school desk (1938) in a small dark room (1901), while the CD player (1982), to review the audio media playback. The cuts in the arts sector and the economic crisis make this the next 25 years still can not change. Sorry. Vanity was somewhat surprised that the digital transmission of a new album was not enough to get a review. So here a statement.
Anyway. So we are very happy that Udo Pesch took the trouble to work in an envelope to send to us. In this way we also support the ailing PostNL and we also have the chance to enjoy this quirky slice of songwriting. This is partly because so appreciated “Vanity & Jokes” a very nice production has become. “Twelve songs about people who have made errors or mistakes to make, about desire and disappointment,” he says. “Far from perfect, but perhaps still a bit of authentic and honest, hypnotic, alive.” It all makes sense. Self-knowledge of the Rotterdam is great songwriter.
“Vanity & Jokes” is a lounge with a firm bite become. The album has a few challenging songs like opening track “Wolf” and the great ‘This Gun Is Not For Hire “. At last we had to immediately think of the Smiths, who is obviously a degree influenced Vanity & Jokes.
Sensitive to the fragile “Julie” that a nice simple melody line. With his squeaky voice Udo know you again right in the heart touching. A fine point about this CD. But the best song is similarly fragile ‘Venom’ which like ‘Julie’ is characterized by the scratchy vocals and the beautiful arrangement under the words dance. Beautiful!
Vanity & Jokes’s therefore in our opinion has become a very successful solo project. This CD deserves to be on the shelves of record stores to lie and not only as a lonely wandering lost production on the worldwide web. The music of 2011 to hear this record. He is worthy to be in heavy rotation. Udo, give us that opportunity!