If the sound of death can be called adorable, then Jim Dooley did the trick over the course of two seasons with the “forensic fairy tale” PUSHING DAISIES, wherein a baker brought the deceased back to life with usually eccentric results. It’s the kind of pokily sweet ghoulishness that Danny Elfman put on the map with BEETLEJUICE.
And while there’s a healthy dose of that sound to go around this delightful 62-minute CD, Dooley somehow managed to pump up Elfman’s skull n’ bones bounce to new inspired heights in Season 2, turning the undead carnival into more of a waltz through a 50’s kitsch department store, complete with commercial jingles.
Happy gloom music rumba’s about with ghost wails, finger snaps do an organ jazz jive, and energetic percussion ticks the time away before the resurrected once again fall to earth. Through considerable inventiveness and production value, Dooley effortlessly conjures The Grim Reaper as one big Hello Kitty with his thankfully non-terminal sense of the absurd, his welcome dose of DAISIES delightfully fitting into any afterlife waiting room.
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