Release Date: Dec 4, 2020
Record label: Fire Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Experimental Rock
In the truly difficult year of 2020, Jad Fair knew the world could use a pep talk, and it turns out he was just the man to do it. Of the many surprising things about the rather inexplicable career of Half Japanese, it's particularly remarkable that they're not only still around and quite prolific four decades after they brought out their first album, the willfully inept noisemakers have evolved into a listenable and thoroughly charming rock band. 2020's Crazy Hearts, the sixth album since Fair revived Half Japanese with 2014's Overjoyed, is as accessible as anything he's ever given us, full of straightforward, cheerfully impassioned rock & roll with some garage rock and psychedelic touches to keep things colorful, coupled with Fair's individual lyrical outlook.