Spin It: Yule Be Sorry EP

Henrique Couto/Legend of Flannel Bear

Yule Be Sorry EP

Sometimes, you can tell all you need to know from looking at an album cover. Like, for instance, this one. Take a long, hard look at this album cover. Seriously – it’s right here. If you consider yourself the kind of person who would look at this particular album cover and say, “this might be pretty good,” please, do not continue reading. Do not stop to think; purchase this album, have yourself a merry little chuckle. However, if you saw something that irked you about the cover of this album – and it could be anything (the font[i], their faces, etc.), it will not be the last time you wince regarding the confusing and largely unmusical Yule Be Sorry EP, a seasonal split album between Henrique Couto and the Legend of Flannel Bear.

Conceivably taking a ‘punk rock’ approach to recording ukulele ‘songs,’ the first three belong to Couto, and he appears to have little or no understanding of ‘pitch,’ ‘key,’ or ‘beat.’ This becomes blatantly evident as soon as the album begins it’s uncaring and boorish onslaught. Obnoxious faux-jingle bells loop without stopping; luckily, Couto eventually does – but not before the songs become more confusing and disorienting, carrying on for what seems like hours. The second guy (responsible for the last three), Flannel Dude, seems to also have trouble obtaining listenable results (which makes me wonder if he’s actually listening to himself), utilizing an extremely strange and self-derivative song structure three times over – all the while oddly (and perhaps predictably?) ignoring his guitar chords completely in regards to vocal melody.

Both of these ‘court jesters’ strive for humorous lyrics and end up falling just a bit short. The neat little Henrique ditty, “We Wish Jew A Merry Christmas,” while not particularly hateful in any lyrical sense, ends up offering a slice of insight into  what these ‘performers’ consider entertaining and/or comical; slightly bewildering misogyny (asking for presents from “bitches”) and your slightly-below average middle school “gross out” humour. None of this proves to be offensive as it retains no biting social commentary nor the outright wit or intelligence to actually hurt anyone’s feelings. The laughs you may have are clearly not intentional.

Yes, I am sorry, but I think that may be the larger point: They’re charging $8 for an album of good intentions (six tracks of them, in fact), and someone (i.e., you, people with poor taste, friends, well-wishers) will buy it. In light of this horrible review[ii], I imagine these two will bemoan the fact that the ‘establishment’ doesn’t ‘get their style’ and that writers for print-media are ‘out-of-touch,’ and then themselves begin to force everyday folks to seek out this criminally misunderstood ‘album’ in order to prove me wrong. This was premeditated, and someone (probably you) let it happen. This is not to say these men are not untalented. I believe in the good of all people, and that everyone has a larger purpose in our terrestrial existence. If Yule Be Sorry is any indication, this is clearly not the correct path for either of these folks. Look – in a day and age when people are famous for being the joke on accident, We, the buying public[iii], will always sniff out those that are trying too hard, and will always reserve the right to call it as such. We demand forced realism, so long as it’s pretty and succinct. We demand fiction, so long as it’s just far enough removed from our own reality that it is no longer squeamish to enjoy. As an artistic concept, this album is neither. There is an upside, however; Yule Be Sorry eventually ends, but nobody’s[iv] laughing with them.

We begin to unravel the social and cultural connotations: Is this the forced outcome of our post-modernist obsession with shameless and unwarranted self-promotion? Are we to accept this as the product of the amalgamation of over sixty years of pop culture readily available at our fingertips? Perhaps, if it were not for the internet, this album would not exist (it has been promoted actively online), and we’ll blame the web instead – or possibly the lack thereof; there is no conceivable reason anyone with this many freely open reference points should be able to produce an album justifiably deserving of a negative review in a local paper. This is not a fun album; this is devastating. One imagines that “Weird” Al Yankovic must now feel the same about this as Zach de la Rocha feels when he listens to Limp Bizkit – an overwhelming sense of guilt for spawning such reprehensible concepts and unintentional hilarity. Does this particular album deserve this many words? No. BUT, if this trend continues, at least someone will be able to say “I told them to stop.” Shape up or ship off. We can vote your albums off the island.

[i] I am perhaps a font snob, and if that seems inconsequential or dubious to the reader, these particular fonts would be the equivalent of a guy who insists ranch dressing on pizza is good while fingering everyone else’s slice. Also, what kind of person needs two Holiday-themed fonts on album that already has Santa hats and a Christmas tree?
[ii] Or perhaps in spite of it.
[iii] And the downloading public.
[iv] Nobody but the aforementioned.


— W.C. Ruffnel

If anyone is interested the album is available at http://ukeordie.bandcamp.com/

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  1. Stephanie January 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    I found Yule Be Sorry to be a very fun holiday album.

  2. Sami Fields January 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    I love love love every second of this album. definitely my Christmas cd of choice :) great job!

  3. Jus Sayin January 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Did Cuto or the Bear Bang your mom? You seem to have quite a bit of personal hatred for the pair that goes deeper than this Album. I find your snarky undertones to be immature for someone who as a reviewer should stay unbiased and professional while reviewing the material at hand. I really don’t expect much tho from someone who reviews a Christmas Album in January.

    • Wirbelwind January 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

      I had a good time listening to that album. I got one for a friend, too. She loved it (and she is the type of friend who tells you when you screw up).
      I don’t agree with this review at all!

  4. W.C. DoesntKnowJack January 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    I completely disagree with the writer of this article, very talented artists here :)

    • PSYCHE January 12, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

      Very talented indeed

  5. Tom Thumb January 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Thank You! Hit him where it hurts. Most artists come to a wall between making self idolizing work that doesn’t have meaning and making real art, which is art that has an impact and changes previous perceptions. Search your soul and make something real Henrique Couto.

  6. Chandra January 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    This review does seem a little personal. I have very little technical knowledge about music, so I can neither confirm nor deny any arguments in that area, however I can say that “Yule Be Sorry” was the only Christmas music I purposely listened to this past season. I thought the album was entertaining, hilarious, and clever. It definitely kept me laughing. I am very impressed with the songwriting. These two are very talented and I recommend their music to anyone with even the slightest sense of humor! :)

    • badtaste January 12, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

      Talented AND humorous? Let’s get ahead of ourselves now. I guess Nickleback impresses people too.

  7. Jim Marshall January 10, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    I firmly believe that if you like any seconds of this album you are literally mentally unstable. The humor is elementary and so sloppily thrown together, I can’t help but believe that the actual joke of the album is that they convinced you retarded tits to buy it. I agree fully with the review and the reviewer. And I had never ever heard of this shit before I saw this article. So how’s that for unbiased? Fuck you.

  8. Dustie January 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    I was into the CD. Henrique dropped me off a copy to listen to and I got a chuckle out of it. It’s not a masterpiece of jarring social commentary or personal insight, but that is part of the point of it… To stop trying to put an unwelcome bigger importance on every little thing. It was a CD meant to listen to and have a laugh, and to bask in the absurdity of songs that obviously aren’t serious. With that being said, I can immediately see how it WOULDN’T be for everyone, probably for the same reasons I just mentioned that I enjoied it. My personal beef with this article is less of you disliking it, as everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and more on the fact that you used a great deal of the article to push some pseudo intellectual agenda. Or at least I think you did. I got pretty choppy at the end, and the point you were trying to make shifted a few times, then was lost. The irony of this (and what really irked me) is that you wrote a very smug article slamming these people personally and claiming they should reassess their choice of artistic expression, when you yourself are under the guise of a writer, and wrote a very poor, overly opinionated article. The job as a journalist doing a review is to make a point, and provide an objective list of facts that support your particular opinion on the medium in question, while remembering that it is at the end of the day still just that… your OPINION. Now I realize to what I have written here is pretty lame and opinionated myself, but I’m not claiming to be objective in this situation, or a good writer. In fact, I would say I am a very poor writer, and fairly biased in this situation. The bias stemming mostly from the fact that I know these gentlemen more than anything from all of their social media updates, flyers littering downtown windows, self funded recordings, self booked shows, and genuine constant hustle to keep their love of music and performance out there. You on the other hand I have never heard of, and based on this article can see why. Making a large biased statement that reads more like a personal vendetta in an open forum is fine for me, because it’s a reply section, and I’m just some dick. You on the other hand are a professional (maybe?) columnist, and need to keep in check your desire for your articles to read as overly self assured angry essays from the 7th grade. Next time follow the basic formula.

    *Did you like it or not?

    *Legit reasons to support your opinion, not generalized ideas of how you think these people may be that read as personal attacks.

    *Offer more insight as to the music itself.

    *Stop, sit back, and remember that not everyone is into the same stuff, and try and mention some highlights too, such as “You might like this because *blank*”, or “If you are into *blank*, this track may be for you.” You instead opted for an opener that reads as “This font and their faces annoy me, so I hate it before giving it a chance.”

    I hope this mean, biased reply will maybe cause someone to look at something from a new point of view, or at very least stop being so damn grumpy and hop off the high horse just a smidge. Lastly, they so that even bad press is still press, and I bet you will both get some more fans out this situation. Congrats!

    • Steph January 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

      Amen! I was going to reply but this pretty much sums it up.

  9. Ryan January 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    A album that should be in every house during the holidays!

  10. Big Chris January 10, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    Nice hit piece kid.

    This was a very fun album and should be taken for what it is, fun, silly comedy. Anyone who takes it too seriously is part of the problem. (Kinda like the kid who did this hit piece ERR review…)

  11. I'm Sorry Too January 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    I think the review made sense. The album is half assed.

  12. The Trusty Tiger January 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    This album is absolutely terrible, I have listened to it all the way through and I wanted to shoot myself in the head afterward. W.C. Ruffnel hit the nail squarely on the head with this review, bravo!

  13. marc January 10, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    in the future, if your footnote is shorter than 5 words, try parenthesis instead. Christmas fonts aren’t nearly as annoying as scrolling down the entire page to read “and the downloading public”

  14. MIkeninja January 10, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    I just want to know what the writers beef with the artists is. Its a 6 song CD how much of his life was really wasted even if he didn’t like it? oh and they charge some money for it oh boo hoo. They have a right to make a bit of cash just like any other artist. Maybe that’s the writers beef he is angry that other folks are getting paid for their talent.

    • Nippred Tï Arts January 12, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

      Ha, wow. All kindsa derp

  15. Musicthatblows January 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    This album totally blows! I’d rather listen to a bunch of kindergarteners singing at a Christmas pageant than these two hacks who can not carry a tune in a toilet, Buy grandma a box of depends rather than waste your hard earned money on this repulsive turd!

  16. annonymous January 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    This album was clearly made to have fun, make some people laugh and enjoy writing and playing music with good friends. No one ever said that it was made to strive for mainstream play or to “make it big”… just some awesome, good hearted guys making a holiday album. Sure, maybe it’s not your taste, and maybe your humor isn’t up to par with it. And that’s fine, no one said you have to like it. But the entire article seemed like there was a personal agenda against two said artists for trying to have a little fun and maybe make a little money in the process.

    And to personally “attack” the people who buy it (i.e. friends, family or maybe even “well wishers”) is just, in my opinion, further stretching this review into a childish read. How dare people support their friends/family and local music, right? That’s just downright absurd apparently!

    Regardless of professional technique or maybe “spot-on” vocals and key, this album was fun and made for the sole purpose of having a good time. I guess some people just can’t appreciate that.

    • Nippred Tï Arts January 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

      Humor UP to par?

  17. Jessica January 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    While the author of this article was getting irked over fonts/faces, I was enjoying quite a few merry little chuckles.

    I agree, the tone feels very personal but if the intent was to jab at Henrique Couto and Flannel Bear I can sa,y with certainity, this review is more likely to offend the crowd of supporters of this album (and the packed live cd release party) than to hurt HC & FB.

  18. Grill Vogel January 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    I’m sick of Dayton getting a bad rap because of shit like this (i.e. this album and everyone getting defensive about a completely objective, opinionated review).

  19. notafan January 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    While i generally appreciate novelty albums this one is horrible.

  20. Timewell$pent January 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    Support local music, huh? I did just that, unfortunately, I did not receive the joke along with it. Maybe it’s because I am the butt and they are laughing at me for procuring my money. Congratulations boys, I truly am sorry. The fact that someone (or some two) would produce this loathsome ep, pass it off as music/art/humor and ask for money in exchange is flat out insulting and abhorrent. The relentless, inescapable ring of the sleigh bells throughout the first half of this disc is a perpetual reminder that this is an exercise of endurance. Wtf was going on the studio? How negligent can they be? Enough to make any musician who has spent time in any studio (professional or home) cringe. It is so off in pitch, key and beat (just as Ruffnel stated) that it’s aggravating to think these two feel their efforts are deserving of my money. The latter half of the disc sounds as juvenile and idiotic as any run-of-the-mill high school punk rocker with an acoustic guitar. Only this time it’s ‘adorned’ with tinsel and wrapping paper. Their are also two bonus tracks as if their was a “standard” version of this disc released beforehand. What a fucking joy. I was aware of both of these “artists” before this holiday album and was not a fan, so there is my open bias. Even on their own terms, in there own scene, what and wherever that may be, I would call this a misfire. It is obviously just a shameless attempt to cash in on the holiday spirit, nothing wrong with that. However, being that he (Henrique) released another holiday themed album merely months before this one makes this ep seem even more superfluous. At least the prior cd seems more characteristic of the “Henrique personality”. Production quality aside, the song substance falls several yards short of fourth rate. Re-recycled riffs layered behind bad puns. Turn it off. Now here’s a joke for the fans, I did not buy this album, and barely even listened to it. See what I did there?

    • Henrique Couto January 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

      If you wish to e-mail me directly I will refund your five dollars. I mean it.

  21. David D January 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Y’know, not everyone has to like everything…I find Henrique & Bear to be very funny and original in this spin of a twisted but funny Christmas album, I’ve gotta say that if you guys are calling this the worst album ever, you apparently haven’t heard LuLu by Metallica or Rebecca FUCKING Black!!!! Least these two have actual talent and are original in getting people into the Christmas mood. People get tired of the traditional Christmas album and dumb repeated carols of the holiday. At least Henrique and Bear brought something new to the party and made people laugh too. The only thing I’m wondering about this whole article is have any of you put out a cd or a song for that matter? Until you actually sit down, write out a song and lyrics I don’t think you have any right to critique something you know nothing about! So don’t be a fucking douche and rip something apart just cause you didn’t like it. There’s a difference between stating an opinion and being a total asshole.

    • D David January 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

      I would venture to guess that most of the people who slammed this album are musicians themselves, and have probably written many songs. Let’s just call it a hunch. Yes, there is a definitely a difference between stating an opinion and just being an asshole, but why can’t both be done simultaneously? That’s a critic’s job after all. People always like to divide the world up into two specific groups in order to make it more convenient to generalize. The population split in two could very easily be idiots and assholes. They coexist because of and in spite of each other. To some, the album is funny. To others, the article is funny. Assholes come to be as a result of dealing with too much idiocy in the everyday world. But really, who cares. Can’t we all pick on each other and just get along?

    • D.David January 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

      I would venture to guess that most of the people who slammed this album are musicians themselves, and have probably written many songs. Let’s just call it a hunch. Yes, there is a definitely a difference between stating an opinion and just being an asshole, but why can’t both be done simultaneously? That’s a critic’s job after all. People always like to divide the world up into two specific groups in order to make it more convenient to generalize. The population split in two could very easily be idiots and assholes. They coexist because of and in spite of each other. To some, the album is funny. To others, the article is funny. Assholes come to be as a result of dealing with too much idiocy in the everyday world. But really though, who cares. Can’t we all pick on each other and just get along?

    • DiggyD January 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

      I would venture to guess that most of the people who slammed this album are musicians themselves, and have probably written many songs. Let’s just call it a hunch. Yes, there is a definitely a difference between stating an opinion and just being an asshole, but why can’t both be done simultaneously? That’s a critic’s job after all. People always like to divide the world up into two specific groups in order to make it more convenient to generalize. The population split in two could very easily be idiots and assholes. They coexist because of and in spite of each other. To some, the album is funny. To others, the article is funny. Assholes come to be as a result of dealing with too much idiocy in the everyday world. But really, who cares. Can’t we all pick on each other and just get along?

  22. P-Rom January 10, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    I don’t know that anything constructive can come from a review like this. It’s like a hipster talking about death metal.

    • Rosemary& January 12, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

      Give it some time

    • 2ndit January 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

      Maybe the artists will take the writer up on his suggestion and stop making music. That would be constructive.

  23. Saturn January 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    This music is silly and fun. It’s not supposed to be about the meaning of life. If that’s what you’re looking for, look elsewhere. But if you want a comedic bit o’ Christmas music, then this certainly does the job.


    “We, the buying public[iii], will always sniff out those that are trying too hard, and will always reserve the right to call it as such.”

    I’m going to call this article out as such.

    By the last paragraph, concerning the “social and cultural connotations” of music created for the purpose of being funny, it’s pretty clear that the author thinks much of himself. Much too much, I would say. “Perhaps, if it were not for the internet, this album would not exist…” is a true enough statement, but the same can be said for this writer’s job, and this article.

    In short, I think that this article says more about the pompous qualities of the author than about the music itself. I feel that this writer may be better suited to doing pieces on his view of the world or the “cultural connotations” of our changing times, instead of music reviews.

    (Also, as a bit of a “font snob” myself, I found the font that this article was written in to be distracting. And, as someone else mentioned, the footnotes were unnecessary.)

    • Solarsun January 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

      Well, being the planet snob that I am, I must say that Saturn really is not the ideal choice. “Oooh, it has rings.” So what, It’s a goddamn Jovian planet. Get real

  24. Chastwick January 10, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    This album has been out for months, is this some kind of revenge? Sounds like Ruffnel has doubts about his own talent.

  25. Headcheese January 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Well whether or not you liked it, I just have to say that it appeals to my juvenile sense of humor side (it’s not all about being an intellectual) and I thought it was just supposed to be for fun anyhow. I am a touch insulted by your review as it seems you are putting those of us who like this type of humor and music down. I don’t really think that’s what a review of something should say to the reader even if you don’t appreciate it. Not everyone likes the same things but I don’t think I should be made to feel like my intelligence is lesser than yours just because I did enjoy something that you didn’t. Of course with a name like headcheese I’m sure you’ll think this is exactly my kind of thing but remember, this is the internet and you have no idea who I really am so judge not folks.

  26. Kahla January 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    I’m glad to see so many other people also came to the same conclusion as me on this review- it has way too many personal undertones.

    The music was made to make the season a little more fun for those of us with a different sense of humor. As others have said before on the replies.. its a six song ep if you didn’t like it then the greatness of technology is YOU CAN TURN IT OFF. What does it matter if HC and FB make money for doing something out of fun? No one said YOU had to pay for it. I found it a nice way to get a laugh this past Holiday Season. Also the release party was good fun as well.

    If you took the effort to find out what type of people the artists are, as well as their friend/fan basis then you would understand this music is written in accordance with their sense of humor. I am by no means saying you aren’t entitled to your opinion on the ep, but you could keep the snarky personal undertones out of it.

  27. Grill Vogel January 10, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    This is an asinine display of hypocrisy and human nature.

    People who like this album are attacking a writer for not liking this album and writing about his opinion as is HIS JOB. Don’t read the fucking paper or magazines or watch TV if you don’t want have your delicate fucking disposition hurt.

  28. Chris M January 10, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    I would have rather seen Jet Kid Committee make a Christmas album.

  29. Rush Limborger January 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    It appears as though everyone who already owns this album is rushing to it’s defense – I wonder what people might think who have just discovered it?

  30. Chelsea January 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    Based on Ruffnel’s “overuse” of quotation “marks,” I would say that “writing” is not his correct path.

    I have a difficult time taking an article seriously when the author’s snark is less humorous than the album he intends to skewer. In addition, the criticisms were weak and smacked of someone who holds a personal grudge. Criticizing the font? Really?

    Or take this gem: “None of this proves to be offensive as it retains no biting social commentary nor the outright wit or intelligence to actually hurt anyone’s feelings. ”

    The song fails because it’s inoffensive? It would be funny if it offended someone? I’m not sure what the author is trying to get at. This could be because the sentence is poorly written, or is could be because the author is grasping at straws.

    Rufnell then goes on to speculate as to what the artists’ reactions would be to his review (I imagine these two will bemoan the fact …). His creepy little fantasy about Couto and Bear gives insight into the author’s purpose – to insult people who have more talent than he does. What serious critic inserts his daydreamed confrontation with the artists in the middle of his article?

    Rufnell states: “We, the buying public, will always sniff out those that [sic] are trying too hard, and will always reserve the right to call it as such.”

    Rufnell is trying too hard, and I’m calling it as such.

    I have heard the Christmas album, and I thought it was both funny and well-made. I could go on to explain why the font looks the way it looks, I could dissect the humor of each song, but I don’t need to. It’s a solid album, and unbiased listeners can and will vouch for its quality.

  31. A fan January 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    Personally, I enjoyed the album…but then again, I also knew that this album was not meant to be a mainstream holiday classic. While everyone is entitiled to their opinion, this review seems to have some extremely personal undertones towards Henrique Couto and The Legend of Flannel Bear. You don’t care for the album that’s your opinion and your right, but there is no need to attack those who might enjoy the music.

    In some ways, I actually felt that the songs reflected the current culture….the holidays are completely commercial and and almost everyone gets consumed with the notion that they have to have the newest and greatest thing and that is what people should buy them because it’s Christmas. Why not make fun of that? The album was meant to be fun, but like any artist out there, there will people that do not like the music.

  32. Jobamalama ding dong January 10, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    This CD adds humor, joy for the season, and down right poking fun. Its has mixes of twists and original pieces. If you don’t like the CD then try to produce your own CD with original songs. =) Overall, I enjoyed the humor and a simple smile that the CD brought.

  33. flannelbear January 10, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    Holey Cow my cd got reviewed!
    And 29 comments.
    I sir will take this as a win.

    • Stephanie January 11, 2012 at 12:22 am #

      You go girl!

    • Ployesterwlof January 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

      Uh….win? There is no bad press, this is true. However, the cd is still appallingly godawful.

  34. Andy C January 10, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    Irregardless of the content of the actual CD this is the absolute worst written review I have ever read. An embarrassment to any actual publication that would run it. Clearly a hatchet piece from the very first paragraph. If it isn’t then the writer needs to step back and reevaluate why they are reviewing music, because it shouldn’t be to write such a lengthy, wordy, needlessly verbose diatribes that breathlessly attempt to psychoanalyze not only the people performing the music but the potential listener, who the writer stops often to make sure I know is probably me (in parenthesis often no less). How DARE you attempt to know who listens to what. You don’t get that authority just because you got a free CD to review. You don’t own the authority to know what I or any other listener may like or dislike. YOU are not reviewing the listener and you are doing a poor job of reviewing the product that was handed to you as well.

    This isn’t a review, this is some overwrought, over-thought attempt at trying to put the writer of the piece above the material he is reviewing, above the people who created it and most of all above ANYONE who might ever want to purchase it or god forbid, enjoy it. Real critics don’t do that. Real critics show objectivity, of which this person shows below zero of.

    If I was an editor of a publication I would have thrown this drivel back at the writer and demanded it be rewritten. But obviously the Dayton City Paper has some pretty low standards. If it includes enough big words they are dazzled. I learned nothing about this album. I learned a lot about this critic though.

    • Steph January 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

      Thats exactly what I was thinking not to mention I would’ve thrown it back simply for the whole footnote mess. Use parenthesis (that’s why they exist.)

    • Shelikesbigwords January 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm #


    • Prance Varner January 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

      big words? like connotations and amalgamation? it’s no wonder you’re a fan of these guys and their poor and sad excuses for music. do you think critics should criticize or try and please you?

  35. Kayla January 11, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    I found this CD to be hilarious and quite enjoyable, just like the rest of Henrique’s music. The author is so pretentious I could hardly make it through the review.

    “My personal beef with this article is less of you disliking it, as everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and more on the fact that you used a great deal of the article to push some pseudo intellectual agenda.”

    I couldn’t have said it better myself, thank you Dustie.

  36. Stephanie January 11, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    Sure, you have to have a pretty offbeat sense of humor to be into this sort of thing, but that’s what makes this album great.

    It’s all in good fun. It’s musical comedy that might not rub everyone the right way, but It certainly didn’t deserve this sort of bashing.

    I haven’t had the chance to see these dudes live yet, but I’ve heard they are AWESOME. I’m really looking forward to it!

  37. LMAO!!! January 11, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    Dude do you not have a sense of humor, and doing a review for a Christmas album a month late. What you didnt have anything to do while your mom was washing your Astrofuck underoos?

    • Jess Tam January 11, 2012 at 4:56 am #


    • Asholbang January 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

      No sense of humor? Have you read it? Way funnier than that the actual ep in review. “Astrofuck” now there’s comedic gold. A real band has a real underwear line.

    • Asstrobang January 12, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

      No sense of humor? Did you read it? Real bands have real underwear lines.

  38. John W January 11, 2012 at 12:28 am #

    When my mother was in the hospital, I would visit her every day. Most of the time I would stay overnight. Daily, I would ask if she needed anything – food, water, help getting up and moving around, but she never needed anything, she was a strong woman.

    Instead of requesting my help, she would in turn ask me if Henrique Couto and Flannel Bear’s Christmas Split had been released. She asked this day in and day out from the end of November. The doctor’s said her health was declining.

    Then, in the middle of December, Henrique and Flannel Bear released their album. My mother listened to the first song and urged me to go out and buy her headphones – the best ones I could find. I came back an hour later with Dr. Dre’s Beats.

    It was a true Christmas miracle. She had gotten better in a hurry, all while constantly listening to Yule Be Sorry, whenever she was awake. By the end of the week, my mother had returned home. The doctors said they had never seen anything like it. But I knew not to expect anything less of this EP.

  39. Leo Stahl January 11, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    I’ll trade your “Radiohead” for some “Henrique Couto & Flannel Bear” any day.

  40. Rani January 11, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    So it may seem that fans of the album are coming to its “defense”, but most of us are just merely pointing out the fact that this review is entirely biased on the writer’s personal dislikes for the artists. I can’t say that I would be as upset if it were strictly written to depict the opinions of the album, but then continues on to insult Henrique and Flannel Bear, and also smugly include their fans as well. I also have a problem with the fact that this review was written behind an alias. Because if readers actually knew who it was, and what projects they were also involved in, that might affect the public’s view of the members of said projects.

    • Lewis Carroll January 12, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

      Pseudonyms are nothing new

  41. ApeeDee January 11, 2012 at 1:01 am #

    Wow, I am shocked… I love this album! I am so sick of hearing people do a covers of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’. Henrique & Flannel Bear’s album is fun, sure it’s a little kitsch but that’s what I like most about it.
    My favorite song turned out to be ‘Buy Me Presents’. I LOVE it!!! It’s SO honest, it’s awesome!!
    And ‘All I Want For Christmas (is a Machine Gun)’ is hilarious! It just makes me think of when I worked retail and wanted to strangle all those customers even though the song isn’t retail oriented.
    I guess if you would rather just hear another cover of ‘Frosty the Snowman’, this albums not for you but if you have a sense of humor and want something new, this is it.
    And it’s far better than the Redneck Christmas Album I was given a few years back.

  42. Tibido January 11, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    This is honestly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard, whether it’s supposed to be funny or just crass, it fails miserably on both accounts. Henrique Couto, can you honestly say why it makes sense to write a song called We Wish Jew A Merry Christmas about Inviting Jews to Christmas and then say “Have A Secular Christmas” in the song? Does that even make sense? You do realize that Judaism is a religion and this whole thing makes you like a fool as well as an anti-semite. I listened to two or three songs online and shut it off. I understand you’re trying to make a point because you’re angry at God and all that, but you’re so mixed up and confused on what you want to say that it makes no sense. I do not enjoy calling people out, but you need to be called out. The reviewer was justified in tearing you down. This is a horrible album by equally horrible persons. Straighten up and fly right, try to learn something about human values and maybe you’ll feel better and won’t have to write so many mean, hideous things about people and things you don’t understand. Thanks.

    • Henrique Couto January 11, 2012 at 6:58 am #

      I believe we can celebrate and love any way we see fit because there are no rules, just like there is no god.

    • Steph January 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

      No. On a personal blog he would have been justified to tear him down all he wanted, but a professional review should be the pros, cons, and generally light hearted. This was the opposite. I agree whole heartedly that his boss should’ve demanded a rewrite.

    • The Trusty Tiger January 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

      Preach it Brother!

  43. Tabatha January 11, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    I totally dig the album. Many times I have listened to Henrique’s music and it has made me smile. The album is meant to be fun. Not everyone wants to listen to the same old stuff every year. In fact this was the only Christmas music I did listen to.
    I think they should have an album for every holiday, use 2 font styles, and plaster their faces on the cover…again, because its awesome!

    People would have respected your review a little more had it not seemed so hate filled.

  44. hatersgonnahate January 11, 2012 at 2:06 am #

    I’ve sat here for about 5 minutes reflecting… I have a lot of things to say, but i will choose to say only a few. Variety is the spice of life… Dayton has plenty of indie, punk, folk, metal, rock, scene, and broken hearted singer song writers ( don’t get me wrong i like all of the above ) But they Henrique and Flannel Bear wanted to do this… I think it is fun and entertaining… There are too many musicians in the world and not enough artists…. Any way you look at it this is unique to other releases from local artists…. I’m choosing to be positive, i respect everyone…. I think it is a work of art.

  45. Kayleigh January 11, 2012 at 4:13 am #

    Henrique Couto and The Legend of Flannel created a wonderful festive CD. A joy to listen to by those who appreciate their music and the time that was taken to create it. Well done!

  46. Anon January 11, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    “In light of this horrible review[ii], I imagine these two will bemoan the fact that the ‘establishment’ doesn’t ‘get their style’ and that writers for print-media are ‘out-of-touch,’ and then themselves begin to force everyday folks to seek out this criminally misunderstood ‘album’ in order to prove me wrong”

    That’s a pretty ad hominem argument you got there

  47. Jess Tam January 11, 2012 at 4:50 am #

    Well W.C. Ruffnel,
    Let me start by saying that I find your “review” much less of the aforementioned, but rather an attempt to slander the characters of Couto and “Flannel Dude”. Really?! You don’t even have enough respect to get the name right?!

    Furthermore, if a good album was based on font and cover art, we would find ourselves seriously deprived of any real quality music.

    In reference to your second paragraph, let me just say that the qualities (of the artists) in which you are trashing, we the fans find endearing. It’s but only PART of what we love about them and their music.

    Onto your third paragraph, I will now quote you. “None of this proves to be offensive as it retains no biting social commentary nor the outright wit or intelligence to actually hurt anyone’s feelings.” NO SHIT MORON! IT’S A FUCKING CHRISTMAS ALBUM, WITH NO INTENTIONS OF HURTING ANYONE’S FEELINGS.

    Moving on to the fourth paragraph. I find it very offensive that you consider the “someone” who buys this album to be “with poor taste”. YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT ME ASSHOLE! And I bet you don’t have the balls to say that to my face!

    Lastly, I would like to say that art is in the eye/ear of the beholder. You don’t have to like everything that’s out there. But if you appreciate art, you can respect the creation of it despite whether you find it personally pleasing. You have ludicrously critiqued this album. Seemingly more based upon your personal assumptions of their character, rather than the album itself. Just to follow suit, I suppose I’ll take this time to critique your review. By which I mean, I’ll make assumptions about your character. Simply put…YOU’RE A DIRTY DOUCHEBAG! You try and make yourself feel superior by being a bully and using big words. That’s fine, because it doesn’t change the fact that you’re a hemorrhoid. An undesirable pain in the ass!

    I find that this album is entertaining and worth every penny and minute of your time! Moral of the story kids, don’t just take the word of a douchbag. Listen and form your own opinions!

    • flannelbear January 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

      for the record I am okay with being called FLANNEL DUDE it was one of his better points in the review.

  48. Michelle Antisocial January 11, 2012 at 5:18 am #

    I just want to start off by saying that this may be the most pointlessly nasty review I’ve ever read.

    It’s not so much that I have a problem with your opinion, though I happen to disagree with all of it, it’s that I have a problem with the tone of the article. It’s one thing to express the way you feel about music, but to attack the these two musicians and their listeners the way you just did is, in my opinion, completely uncalled for.

    I don’t know why you think you are fit to judge anyone’s career path. I just really wish you would take a second to think about what it might feel like to have someone publicly tell you do not have the talent to do whatever it is you want to do with your life. That could really crush a person. Honestly, if these two musicians weren’t as strong as they are, that could have been just what you did. I would think anyone with any ounce of creativity would know better. But, hey, maybe that’s what you wanted to do. Maybe you really hate these two guys for some childish reason and the only way you can express it is with a fake name on newspaper album review blog. I gotta say, that’s pretty sad. Maybe next time the album review could just be about reviewing an album, not trying to tare people down.

    Oh, and also, the footnotes are a serious problem.

  49. Pizza Lover January 11, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    Fuck you, W.C. Ruffnel, ranch dressing is delicious with pizza. I’ll finger your pizza all day long until you stop with the excessive quotations in unnecessary places. Seriously though, this article is riddled with the things, making it very painstaking to read.

  50. Steve Rudzinski January 11, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    This was a really solid EP, sure a couple of the songs were weak but for the money it was very enjoyable. Definitely not deserving of a review like this.

    • Notthe99% January 18, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

      If only “a couple of the songs ‘are’ weak” and it is but a 6 (or 8) song EP, what does that tell you?

    • Steve Rudzinski January 21, 2012 at 7:31 am #

      That the majority of the songs are still fantastic and it was well worth the money?

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