As a long time Kid Carpet fan, I'm torn between giving you a bit of background on this wonderfully quirky musician or just launching straight into the review and leaving you to discover his genius on your own. The desire to share something I love has won this argument, however, so if you're not a fan of spoilers you should probably skip the next paragraph.

I first saw Kid Carpet live at Camp Bestival in 2007 - I can't remember whether or not I already knew his music at that stage but I do know I've never looked back. All you probably really need to know here is that his previous albums are called Ideas and Oh Dears and Casio Royale, my favourite song by him is called 'Ace Like Space', and he performs using children's toys and guitar hero accessories. Add a sunny field and secret cider into the mix, and you've pretty much got my idea of heaven. Tales From Repo Chick is Kid Carpet's first offering for quite some time, and I was very interested to see how it would compare to the tracks I know and love.

It really is a very good album. Losing none of his trademark sounds, he still manages to introduce a darker aspect to these tracks that hasn't really appeared in his earlier stuff - 'Dancing Monkey' and 'Get A Job' are both fairly bitter rants about the performing business and the societal pressures to get a job and settle down - and there's also more in the way of 'straight' poetry on this album; it showcases solo spoken word pieces (Shuffle) as well as those accompanied by a backing track (In The Garden). Those of you who have ever seen Scroobius Pip perform independently of Dan Le Sac will be hard pushed not to draw comparisons, but you'd do well to remember that Kid Carpet has been doing this for at least as long as the man himself.

However, as tracks such as 'Herd Of Cows' and 'Last Word' show, he hasn't entirely departed from the feel-good vibe his previous style engendered. 'Herd Of Cows' is a wonderfully whimsy ditty about, well, a herd of cows running riot in Bristol City Centre one Saturday night, and it's impossible not to get sucked in by both the story itself and the catchy, guitar-laden backing.

In conclusion, this album is a step forward for Kid Carpet, although still remains firmly tethered to his unique musical style. Not to everyone's taste, it's true, but who wants to make music so bland that no-one has any strong opinions about it either way? Personally, I love it.

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