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PIG - Candy

by paul_guyet Rating:9 Release Date:2019-06-21
 - Candy
- Candy

If you’ve ever been curious what the reanimated corpse of Tom Waits on ecstasy performing K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Prince*, the Spice Girls, and Olivia Newton-John would sound like, all your questions are about to be answered. Raymond Watts (aka <PIG>) is not covering these songs, he is polluting them, infecting them, and it is magnificent.

First and foremost, Candy is a serious record. Watts isn’t fucking around. The more emotional songs actually feel more sincere in this form, while some of the more lighthearted standards come off as threats or monologues from serial killers to the body parts of his recent victims (“you never close your eyes when I kiss your lips and there's no tenderness like before in your fingertips…”). His cover of Prince’s “Kiss” resembles that of Tom Jones, if Tom Jones were some sort of demonic, whoremongering Vegas lounge lizard singing through a throat choked with offal, and I’m taking a moment to declare his rendition (or rending) of Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”, with its interstitial dirge blips, more meaningful, more impactful, and altogether better than the original. On the other end of the spectrum, “The Blower’s Daughter” and "If You Go Away" are surprisingly delicate and sorrowful. “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” falls a bit flat, but I’m more inclined to blame Mr. Hall and Mr. Oates rather than Mr. Watts. Because I don’t like their music.

Every gasp and grunt and squeal here will either twist the listener's lips into a grimace of delight or make them massively uncomfortable; both results feel like a success. Watts gives a lot on Candy, and in turn, it takes a lot to experience this whole album from top to bottom**. While it can work as a whole, it might be better to pepper these songs throughout a larger playlist, maybe one called “post-apocalypse lounge” or “kill room klassics”. Whatever the case, Candy is Watts at the peak of his trademark guttural grandeur and this is a deliberate, deep, and fascinating record.

*A really excellent nod to Watts (maybe? He didn't respond when I asked him on social media) sampling the Purple One’s “If I Was Your Girlfriend” on 1988’s “Never For Fun”

** Especially with the additional four vinyl tracks thrown in

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