Mark Bacino – Queens English

January 01, 1970

(DreamCrush Music)


Lest one get the wrong impression, Queens English refers not to some attempt to emulate Anglo
influences, but rather to the New
York borough that Mark Bacino calls home. “I was
born, I was raised/Seven blocks away…,” he declares on “Middle Town,”
one of several songs that contribute to the concept arc of this exceedingly
upbeat LP. As it is, Bacino’s been circulating below the surface for several
years now, his two previous albums, Pop
Job… The Long Player!
and The Million
Dollar Milkshake
staking his claim as a pop pundit of the first order. And
while Queens English varies very little from those
initial endeavors, it does ring with exuberance and enthusiasm that often seems
out of sync with these troubled times. If that’s the residual effect that comes
with living in the ‘hood, so be it.  Over
the course of ten songs and its old-timey introduction, the album captures the
rush and exhilaration of his urban environs, from the uptown horns that drive
such songs as the unapologetically giddy “Happy,” the snappy “Angeline &
the Bensonhurst Boy,” the rowdy, rambunctious title track, or the purely
effusive “Middle Town.”


Bacino maintains a signature style, but he’s not bashful
when it comes to miming others as well. There are hints of a wistful Ray Davies
echoing through “Camp Elmo,” the arched attitude of Elvis Costello in “Middle
Town,” as well as the amiable wit and reflection of James Taylor and Randy
Newman underscoring “Ballad of M&LJ” and “Who Are Yours?” respectively. All
in all, they make Queens English an especially engaging outing,
and one that speaks volumes about Bacino’s abilities.


DOWNLOAD: “Queen’s English,” “Middle
Town,” “Ballad of

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