Monday, February 13, 2006

Stay Away From Robert Mitchum (1993) – April March

Set to an upbeat, swinging 50’s-esque arrangement of acoustic guitar, double bass, keyboards, brushed drums, vibraphone, and girlishly winsome vocals, the enchanting April March’s slightly eccentric take on a movie star crush finds her warning all others not to mess with her man. She spends a lot of time with him, but occasionally other women vie for his affections. That’s okay. Ms. March is confident that he’ll rebuff their advances. You see, he’s Robert Mitchum—the film star who enjoyed his heyday in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. She knows him well because she’s “become a fixture at the Wax House.” That’s right . . . she’s sweet on a wax figure. The woman otherwise known as Elinore Blake is delusional enough to personify the ersatz Mitchum’s thoughts, yet also realizes that he’s a “candle that they called a man.” So, she’s not really crazy, she just projects her unrequited adoration for Robert Mitchum onto an inanimate object crafted in his likeness. That’s adorably kooky. And the delightful assortment of background vocals render us amenable to indulge her whimsy.

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