label: Record Collection
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
They broke the mould
when they made Har Mar Superstar. There’s been nothing like
him before and his blend of rock, soul, kitsch and love is unlikely
to be matched. For those unfamiliar with the whole Har Mar thing,
he’s in his mid 20s, he’s overweight, he’s got
a dreadful haircut and he likes to flaunt himself naked whenever
possible. He doesn’t sound like the kind of guy who could
command a cult following. But it’s the fact that he uses
heavy doses of irony that makes him such a refreshing change.
The semi-naked press photos that Har Mar Superstar provides are
real gems and come as a breath of fresh air to the perfect-bodied
pop stars we have become accustomed to.
Har Mar is a soft tempo blend of Stevie Wonder, Jay Kay, Prince
and Michael Jackson. All these are listed as being influential
heroes and all have in some way helped Har Mar Superstar to craft
his latest creation, The Handler. He reckons it will
be huge, and that’s testimony to how far he’s come
since he started five years ago and played 200 gigs a year, selling
his own merchandise and driving himself all over the place.
is actually a mature record with some great soul grooves, and
even some raptastic shades of Eminem in there as well. "Transit"
is very funky and "Cut Me Up" and "Alone Again
(Naturally)" are also worth a listen.
irony of Har Mar being a sex superstar is, obviously, carried
on into the music. Through his lyrics, he seduces, makes love
and reflects on his loverman qualities. Sometimes these lyrics
go a little too far, so heed the warning of the explicit content
on the front. But generally this is a quality piece of music from
a man that carved out his niche in the market and is prepared
to make the most of his quirkiness.
liked The Handler...
2. Body Request
4. Cut Me Up
5. Sugar Pie
6. As (Seasons)
7. Save The Strip
9. Back the Camel Up
10. Bird In The Hand
11. Back In The Day
12. Alone Again (Naturally)