This is improbably great. Tim Fite is the sort of all-round entertainer who mixes a bit of art school with his hip-hop and his soul and his indie rock and his country. Not to show off, not to be clever, just because it would be pretty boring not to. You don't want your music straight, do you? He's a good songwriter, he's a smart guy and he's an interesting guy but more than these, you really get the impression that he's a really decent guy.
Is it still a concept album if you record an record of protest songs all about the same thing? If so, then Fite attracted a lot of attention in 2006 with the concept album Over the Counter Culture. That record, released as a free download, was pretty much a critique of materialism and those people who define themselves by what they own. 2010 saw the release of its sequel, also as a free download. Under the Table Tennis sticks a well-shaped boot into the entire economic system. It's a very timely release.
On the surface, Money Back is about a man returning broken goods and trying to get a refund. But it's not about goods. It's a man who had bought into the system and now wants no part of it. Tim Fite wants his goddamn motherfucking shitass money back. It's an absolute belter, mixing arthouse '60 garage r&b with some top swearing. Just fantastic.
See you all at the polling station.
Tim Fite - Money Back