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Classic Album Review: Mayor McCa | Me is He

Take a trip to MaCaland on the one-man-band's charmingly skewed third album.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


They don’t call him Mayor for nothing. Although, frankly, King might be more accurate.

Christian Anderson Smith is truly a guy who lives in his own world — McCaland, the whimsical setting for the merry musical misadventures of his one-man-band alter ego. Luckily, everyone is invited to visit on his charmingly skewed third CD Me Is He. You’ll find McCaland way, way out in left field, somewhere between the charming ’60s folk-pop of The Beatles (I Don’t Read the Newspaper), the ’50s doowop of Dion and the Belmonts (I Love the Summer ’Cause I Love the Women), the arch whimsy of The Kinks (The McCAmpaign Song), the hip-hop slacker-buzz of Beck, and the dumbass metal of Spinal Tap (I’m Getting Fat / I’m Getting Skinny). With a platform like that, no wonder he’s Mayor.