Those that know Tim Heidecker from his antics as a comedian, particularly on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim may be surprised to learn that he's also a hell of a serious musician. I wasn't sure what to expect when I was told he made music, I remember thinking "Is this going to be an Adam Sandler type thing?". That is music with comedy mixed in? I could not have been further from the truth. Heidecker is one hell of a musician with serious chops both musically and lyrically. For his newest release High School, we see him writing about the ups and downs of being a teens in Pennsylvania in the 90's.
The opening track "Buddy" firmly establishes that Heidecker is not playing. In an alt/rock vibe that is reminiscent of Tom Petty, Heidecker absolutely kicks the doors in like any good opener should. There's a lot to love about this album, the bright rhythms that again evoke Petty, Heidecker's vocals which evoke 90's nostalgia or even Evils Costello. Heidecker has had a fantastic career in comedy, but it seems like he may also have another great calling with is music. He is witty, smart, and a fantastic storyteller on High School.
Tim is able to bring it up or take it down, as he does midway through the record with "I've Been Losing" as he wonders if he'll look back at regret on his life and that the road up ahead is filled with looking back on what came before. It's a powerful song and can't miss on the album. Finally, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention there is a duet with Kurt Vile on the album. It's a freaky fun track that begs to be sang and danced to. In short, Heidecker has a winner on his hands here. As I mentioned before, I wasn't sure what to expect going into this one, but I'm quite pleased with the result. Be sure to check it out! Rating - 4.5/5