It isn’t too often that Hollywood stars attain success in the music industry; especially amongst the indie community. One notable exception to this notion, however, is Jason Schwartzman. *Most people don’t even know Schwartzman has a musical career, and while he isn’t universally adored by the indie snobs, he sure as hell isn’t being lambasted. Schwartzman, well known for his role in the HBO series Bored to Death and the 2009 film Funny People, has also released a pair of albums under the moniker Coconut Records. In 2009, Schwartzman released his 2nd album, entitled Davy.
I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t have much to say about this record. It is quite short, only 10 tracks deep, and totaling just over 28 minutes. One of the first things that popped into my head while listening to this album (something that has popped into my head quite frequently these days) was, “Hey. This sounds like the Beatles.” Very short, very poppy, and very catchy songs. The tracks on this record don’t try to do too much, and I admire Schwartzman for his listenability. After seeing several failed attempts of movie stars trying to hold their own in the music industry, I’m happy that Davy doesn’t suck enough for me to tell Schwartzman to stick to his day job. In fact, I think it’s a damn good record, and it deserves the attention it has gotten.
*Disclaimer: I realize Schwartzman was a member of the much more popular rock band Phantom Planet (you know, the guys who are famous for the OC theme song), but I am unaware if most other people know this. Hence, I assume that the public is unfamiliar with his musical career. I’m sorry if I offended your knowledge of Jason Schwartzman. Also, I personally don’t even consider that an important aspect of Schwartzman’s musical career, considering he didn’t even write most of those songs.
Released: January 20, 2009
Metacritic: Not Reviewed