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Mr. Hollywood Jr. (Double Disc Version)

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Download links and information about Mr. Hollywood Jr. (Double Disc Version) by Michael Penn. This album was released in 2005 and it belongs to Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 20 tracks with total duration of 01:03:17 minutes.

Artist: Michael Penn
Release date: 2005
Genre: Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 20
Duration: 01:03:17
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No. Title Length
1. Walter Reed 3:39
2. Denton Road 3:22
3. Room 712, The Apache 3:25
4. Pretending 3:20
5. The Transistor 1:25
6. Mary Lynn 3:08
7. 18 September 1:30
8. The Television Set Waltz 1:01
9. You Know How 4:26
10. A Bad Sign 3:27
11. O.K. 2:49
12. On Automatic 2:46
13. (P.S.) Millionaire 3:48
14. Down By the Riverside (Bonus Track) 4:06
15. Walter Reed (Alternate Version) [Bonus Track] 3:52
16. A Bad Sign (Alternate Version) [Bonus Track] 3:20
17. Denton Road (Alternate Version) [Bonus Track] 3:27
18. I Can Tell (Bonus Track) 4:35
19. Me Around (Bonus Track) 2:33
20. O.K. (Alternate Version) [Bonus Track] 3:18

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It's been five years since Michael Penn delivered MP4: Days Since a Lost Time Accident, a complex yet radio-ready ode to the passing millennium that put the nail in the coffin of his tempestuous relationship with major labels. Epic's support for the record was mediocre at best, so Penn took the logical next step and started his own imprint, Mimeograph. The resulting Mr. Hollywood Jr. 1947, released via spinART, is a loosely constructed song cycle concerning post-World War II Los Angeles. Like fellow singer/songwriter (and Penn's wife) Aimee Mann, who released her own conceptual record earlier in the year (The Forgotten Arm), Penn forgoes the traditional narrative and sticks to what he does best, writing biting and beautiful songs about relationships that are failing, have failed, or are suspiciously working. He lets the year's historical events (the invention of the portable radio, the establishment of the national Department of Defense, a plague of UFO sightings, etc.) wrap his characters in the kind of sepia-tone strokes of nostalgic Hollywood gossamer that would make both Frank Capra and Tom Waits proud. In fact, Penn's slick Tin Pan Alley mini-orchestra (due largely in part to frequent collaborator Patrick Warren's orchestral samples) resembles Rain Dogs-era Waits had he brought Jon Brion on board to produce. When it works, like on the rousing, sentimental opener "Walter Reed," "On Automatic," and "Mary Lynn," Penn knocks the ball into the bleachers, but there's an overflow of midtempo pieces about halfway through that brings the record to a standstill. While songs like "A Bad Sign" and "You Know How" are textbook Penn, they suck the air out of the room, leaving the listener feeling like a winded old police chief who let the bad guys get away. Penn's lyrical spirit of adventure is mirrored by the album's production rather than the songs themselves, a disappointment for fans of past works like "Cover Up," "Drained," "Footdown," and "Battle Room." Mr. Hollywood Jr. 1947 is by no means a bad record; in fact, half of it is better than previous offerings altogether. That Penn is better than some of these songs only reflects the high standards he continues to set for both himself and his very patient fans. Let's hope that another five years doesn't go by before he raises the bar again. [Mr. Hollywood Jr. 1947 was reissued in 2007 with a bonus disc that featured six tracks recorded live at KCRW, as well as the video for the album's single "Walter Reed."].