New Music Critique: Michael Mullens

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Contact: management@michaelmullens.com
Web: michaelmullens.com
Seeking: Label, Booking, Distribution
Style: Comedy

It’s not every day MC reviews a comedy album. We also don’t always hear an artist with such disdain for the world and all who inhabit it. San Diego-based Michael Mullens makes his woe is me outlook clear in “Fuck the Rich,” listing and berating celebrities, social media, religion, politics and much more. Each song from What is Happy. is essentially “We Didn’t Start the Fire” with a my life sucks spirit. Some of the fun is lost, as the preferred delivery would be seeing Mullens’ theatrics behind a piano. The music itself is actually rocking—sharp power-pop ballads, better than the jokes and material at times. Who besides Bo Burnham is a contemporary? But even Burnham has  moved on to more compelling artforms.