Best Album

Poetry n' Lotion, "Electric Acres"

Poetry n’ Lotion’s sophomore full-length was released at the tail end of August, just a hair too late to make it into BOTB 2013, its high-octane release party occurring only a few weeks before last year’s issue dropped. We felt the need to pay it some due, since the irresistibly fun, Kickstarter-funded Electric Acres found the quintet embracing an even cheekier and more Zappa/Ween-esque kitchen sink attitude in their songwriting, a fuller instrumental presence with all kinds of added keyboards and percussive textures, and a generally tighter, brighter sound overall. Plus, we can’t help mentioning the epic tribute show spurred by the highest Kickstarter pledge, in which PNL offered to learn an album selected by the winning donor (in this case Kenny Pullin’s mom) and perform it live. Her choice? Abbey Road, and PNL tackled the Beatles classic in a fantastically unconventional yet still reverent concert presented for free this past May at Crowbar.

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