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Classic Album Review: David Candy | Play Power

Ian Svenonius rechristens himself as a ’60s-style self-help guru and/or cult leader.

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):


Oh, what a tangled web Ian Svenonius weaves.

The Washington, D.C., singer used to mix the Lord’s work with the devil’s music in the gospel-punks The Make-Up. After The Make-Up’s breakup, however, he has revamped his musical messiah complex, rechristening himself as David Candy, a ’60s-style popster hipster with a rap that’s part self-help guru, part monomaniacal cult leader. “Don’t worry. I will look after you. I understand you. I already know you. I have always known you,” he intones soothingly on Incomprehensibly Yours — incomprehensibly enough, over happily ringing vibes, reverberating harps, jangly paisley guitars and ba-bup-bah backup vocals. That freaky fusion of pop psychedelia and pop psychology continues throughout this intriguing 40-minute album, from the vaguely unsettling chorus-mantra of Listen To The Music to the haunting cover of the Lullaby from Rosemary’s Baby. Sweet and soft on the outside, hard and bitter on the inside, Candy is nonetheless delicious — just don’t overindulge.