Sunday, July 20, 2008



Not unlike cheese and wine, some record albums and snacks set each other off to a fine degree.

Sound: The Clancy Bros. & Tommy Makem
Flavor: Manner Original Neapolitaner (made in Austria)
Smells: Wafery, hazelnutty
I like: perforations, grids, layers, guitar, four-part harmony
Caveat: perhaps a bit stale. Yet it says "Best before March 13, 2009?" Well, one corner of the package got torn in transit from Vienna, so maybe the exposure to air depleted its life.

Both the music and the neapolitaner are thick and heartier than they look like they have any right to be. The music's boisterous tunes are brought out by the wafers, at once flirting with crisp, yet bendy. Ballads become e'en sweeter under the spell of this snack. It all seems a bit nonsensical, but there's substance there, no matter how folksy and bracketed by "fol de diddle rye raddy rye."

Like The Clancy Bros. & Tommy Makem, this product is "tough-fisted and gentle-hearted." Original Manner Schnitten mit Hasselnusscreme and lilting folk singers -- nay, the very countries of Austria and Ireland -- I just know you're going to be the best of friends.

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