Jordaan Mason and the Horse Museum’s ‘Divorce Lawyers I Shaved my Head’ is a beautifully written album all the way down to the chord progressions.The albums tells a heart breaking and relatable story, the lyrics are witty and dark and the diversity in instruments and band members are just some of the reasons the album is so fantastic. The album’s story is that of a man who falls in love with someone who assigned gender at birth was male but they begin to identify as a female. The Man then, becomes confused about his own sexuality and values. The album goes through all the different stages of grief, such as, denial, anger, sadness, and finally, acceptance. Lyrics that really highlight the idea of denial within the story are “how do you fertilize what cannot be?” and anytime he uses male pronouns to describe his partner it suggests contempt and denial within the story towards the partner. Anger is shown through the songs “Racehorse: get married!” and “Wild dogs: divorce” with lyrics like “you can swallow shotguns if you want to it's your wedding day, say: yes, aprons or rifles, anarchist?” and “wild dogs: can I confess, I never wanted this marriage, coming home to wife and kids and failed science experiments”. The sadness mentioned earlier is highlighted mainly in the songs “After the Glandolinian War” and “1990 was a long year and we’re all out of hot water now”. The “Glandolinian war” is reference to the novel
“In the Realms of the Unreal”
by Henry Darger.
The Glandolinian war is a fictional war in the novel between the Roman Catholic land of
Angelinia and an evil empire of child slavery and child hatred called Glandelinia. This ties in with the album as Henry Darger’s work is often compared to the authors own struggle between his innocent or “Angelinian” side and his wrongful or “Glandelinian” side, and the album’s main idea is the struggle between right and wrong in the character’s head and the ...
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