Its imaginative storytelling qualities are effective at times and overwrought at others, as narrator g. Eddison its unclear whether Mr. Eddison is an actual person or just a fictional device cries woe over the generation his junior.
Woody Guthries an obvious influence, as the bluegrass band tackles the taboo with obvious language and remarkably straightforward accusations against a Big Brother government: And they tried to use Pat Tillman as his GI poster boy / 9/11 was a neo-convict ploy.
Parables isnt all eulogizing and complaining, however. A couple of catchier numbers are mixed in, most notably Kickapoo Riffraff, which is a ton of fun just to say, let alone sing. The songs that stick with storytelling are fun in their vivid descriptions; For Worse follows a California cocaine queen whos a 90-pound whore, and an overcaffeinated, undereducated generation.
Its not the most elegantly recorded album, however. No singer is credited, but if its Eddison, as were led to believe, his voice gets muddled a bit low in the mix, occasionally obscuring lyrical meaning.
Still, Magpie Parables is a worthwhile sociocultural study in song, available for purchase at independence76.com.