Magic America

Despite its title, this song says more about people outside America than Americans. We’re treated to the odd cliché, dreamed up by a character, Bill Barratt… a man whose Plan A has fallen through and now he’s his mind on a great escape. We don’t find out if he ever gets to realise his plans; during the second verse he surely is in America sending home postcards, but if detailing fast food prices is as interesting as his adventure is he may be heading back home very quickly.

It’s a catchy enough song, but since it appears to be written about a soulless character the song does its best blending in with its surroundings a bit too well. There’s no room for substance here. Bill Barratt’s Parklife‘s charmless man, and the song he inhabits is its “Charmless Man”.

Published in: on July 27, 2007 at 1:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

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