Mark Allen Berube | Suspicious Fish

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Suspicious Fish

by Mark Allen Berube

Quirky-punky-folky-funky tunes from NYC's favorite smartass. Smart, punchy and well-crafted acoustic pop.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Something About
Mark Berube
3:48 $0.99
2. The Naked Guy at the Gym
Mark Berube
3:15 $0.99
3. The Way You Smell
Mark Berube
2:06 $0.99
4. Cocktails on the Balcony
Mark Berube
2:57 $0.99
5. Your Big But
Mark Berube
4:24 $0.99
6. Grandma Gave Me the Finger
Mark Berube
3:20 $0.99
7. Come Undone
Mark Berube
3:20 $0.99
8. The Look on Your Face
Mark Berube
4:40 $0.99
9. Mr. Miyagi
Mark Berube
3:05 $0.99
10. Always the Same
Mark Berube
4:11 $0.99
11. Body Farm
Mark Berube
4:07 $0.99
12. Sleep
Mark Berube
3:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
Far more entertaining than any single human being with an acoustic guitar is allowed to be under current law, Mark is a performer who refuses to be anyone's background music. His punchy, well-crafted songs and rapid-fire delivery allow audiences little time to indulge in the laughter he frequently provokes without feeling like they've missed something. This, apparently, is okay with Mark, reluctant as he is to be labeled a comic songwriter. Not that he disdains laughter. Far from it. The humor in his tunes just happens to belie the dark nature of much of his work. Laugh now; think later.

Mark wowed the acoustic community a few years back with his live solo CD "Shut Up So I Can Play", which included such crowd-pleasers as "Ten Years Down the Road" and "I Wish I Was Gay".

Now Mark returns with his first full-production solo studio CD! At last, Suspicious Fish lets Mark's quirky-punky-folky-funky tunes loose in the studio where they hop, skip, jump, scamper about and bore their way into your head, a place that they won't be leaving any time soon. Better start charging them rent.

By turns poppy, funny, angry, goofy, heart-warming and gut-wrenching (and often several of these at the same time), Mark takes you on a guided tour of his psyche with a little help from friends such as Dan Weiss, Jon Kolleeny, Matt Scharfglass, Kay Ashley and Carolann Solebello.



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Todd Beemis

Humor can be a powerful force for telling a unique and serious musical story.
When I first looked at the track list on Mark Berube's 2005 CD Suspicious Fish, my mind filled with the dread of facing a sophomoric, Wierd Al experience. And while some of these tracks don't quite rise to the stellar musical and creative levels of other more accomplished novelty acts such as Ween or They Might Be Giants ("Body Farm" and "Grandma Gave Me the Finger" are groaners), other tracks come closer.

For instance, "Your Big But" goes far beyond the immediate gag of the title and employs clever lyrics and a great tune to create a wholly original song about the lame excuses people give to one another to forestall intimacy. It is a jewel.

Another good track, "The Look on Your Face," features 800-point SAT verbal vocabulary sprinkled into a commentary on network news and how it sucks. When's the last time you heard "syllogism" used in a song? Anyone? Anyone? Thought so.

"The Naked Guy at the Gym" is sheer genius; for all us regular worker-outers, the locker room lurkers are an omnipresent bother and having a song to sing in my head when in their presence will no doubt help laugh the situation off next time.

"Always the Same" is a unique take on the perils of love. "I can't tell if you're really being serious or not" is a lyric from that track, and it may be a listener's reaction to this record. But I have to believe that, given the production value, the musicality, the creativity of the lyrics, that Berube is dead serious.

With liberal doses of both electric and acoustic guitar, harmonica, upright bass and banjo, this record sounds a little country-fried at times. Most of the numbers are pleasant, poppy and straightforward with only "Come Undone" (not the Duran Duran song, mind you) really rocking out.

Mark Berube's work reminds us that not all clever rhymes are in rap music today, and that humor can be a powerful force for telling a unique and serious musical story. I laughed. I cried. It's better than Cats.

Charles Nolan

Quirky, intelligent fun that sticks to the ribs. Worth the Wait!
I've been getting off on Mark's live performances for years and always wondered if his rapid fire energy could successfully translate to a produced album. Wow! After you finally stop laughing, catch your breath and go back for the third fourth and fifth listen, you realize that these are well crafted songs that go way beyond the "funny" category. Most of them are, of course funny and I enjoy singing along to "Grandma Gave Me the Finger" as much as the next guy, but THIS IS REALLY GOOD STUFF and anybody who's been mourning the death of intelligent songwriting will take heart.