Johnny Polygon
Wolf in Cheap Clothing


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bulldog USER (114 Reviews)
December 19th, 2010 | 36 replies | 5,126 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Come and reminisce over all the times you’ve had, good and bad, with a loser and a weirdo.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

Now that you’ve had almost a month to ‘catch up’ with thirty tracks’ worth of unreleased material, greatest hits, and the best of the past decade from Johnny Polygon, Tulsa’s very own musical renaissance man has bestowed upon us an early Christmas gift: the long awaited Wolf in Cheap Clothing. The seven track EP is the third release from J.P. in 2010 – the others being his Valentine’s Day release Rebel Without Applause and the aforementioned Catch-Up – and marks the end to a strong year for the up-and-coming rapper/singer/proud medical marijuana cardholder. Made possible by 2Dopeboyz and the good folks down at DJBooth.net, Wolf in Cheap Clothing is twenty-two minutes of love, heartbreak, sex, and partying with plenty of 80’s and 90’s influence to boot, minus the kitsch.

On Rebel Without Applause, Johnny was faced with a dilemma – he couldn’t “figure out if [he was] a rapper or a singer”; ten months later, we’re still at the same impasse. As the sole vocalist on Wolf in Cheap Clothing, J.P. appropriately alternates between the two; showcasing his deftness as both. The stark contrast, between the two (his comedic, at-times apathetic rapping and smooth, reflective brooding) always keeps things interesting.

Despite being made on the budget of a proud independent artist, the production on Wolf in Cheap Clothing is remarkably eclectic and well-mixed. In fact, there’s something for just about everyone here. “Everyday’s a Holiday” is so lax and jazzy. “Handle My Wasted” is a frenzied party beat with bouncy, high-pitched synths. “Stupid Li(f)e” is almost orchestral in its stylistic variations. “Someday” is simplistic and demands foot-tapping in cadence. “F-ckin’ Awesome” revels in retro style. With influences that flashback to the 80’s and 90’s, the sonic diversity is complimented by a radio-ready appeal and a knack for catchy sing-song hooks.

But the ultimate appeal of Johnny is his lyricism. That being said, Polygon doesn’t so much fit the mold of a hyper-lyrical rapper than he does as a singer-songwriter. He has an eerie penchant to seemingly whip up ambiguous proverbs out of thin air and create contemplative Facebook status-ready quotations at will. He has the ability to make the most trivial topics interesting and his dry wit and abrupt, blunt punchlines are always equally unexpected and entertaining. Moreover, he has the appearance of being wise beyond his years, and there are oddly sagacious lyrical snippets to be found throughout the EP. But all of these abilities are trumped by his defining strengths,

Honesty and humility.

Rather than being pompous and self-aggrandizing, Johnny is humble and self-aware. Such a thing is almost a paradox; a rarity within the genre. But such things are commonplace and second nature in the music of Johnny Polygon. On “Stupid Li(f)e” he admits that his materialistic lifestyle is insubstantial. He finds himself emotionally lost and heartbroken on “Nevermind”. “Invincible” is a stream-of-consciousness narrative that begins when Johnny wakes up next to some slut, unaware of where exactly he is. Everything has a sense of empathy to it, as if Johnny has truly lived every single thing he purports to have suffered through in his music. In short, Johnny’s an entirely relatable character: he’s had his good adventures, but he’s also been dejected and down in the dumps and he’s had more than fair share of his trials and tribulations.

Will Johnny ever make it big time like he so often expresses his wish to do? Maybe. But until then, he’ll continue casually playing the humble everyman role. Either way, there’s no doubt the Oklahomie’s on the come up. Record companies will tell him to represent a place more rugged, and he’ll just say, “f*ck it. Tell ‘em I’m from Oklahoma and watch ‘em love it.” Well, I love it, Johnny. Nicely done. I’ll see you at the Cain’s in a few days. Bet with this EP there will be more than fifteen people at the show.



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Bulldog
December 19th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First review back as Bulldog. Feels good, man.

Anyway, this is pretty good. Was a bit of a grower. Can't tell if I like this or his 2009 EP "Group Hug" better. You can download this for free at http://www.johnnyfuckinpolygon.com

Urinetrouble
December 19th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

glad to have you back bool. pos'd

Urinetrouble
December 19th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good shit i guess, but not a 4-5

Inveigh
December 19th 2010



24793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

jammed this today in my car -- pretty great stuff

nice review Bully, good to have ya back on the orig account

Bulldog
December 19th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys, it's good to be back. Glad you all digged the EP. It might end up on my end of the year list.

Don't know bout you two but my favorite tracks on here are "Someday", "Nevermind", and "Fuckin' Awesome"

Urinetrouble
December 19th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

who produced this?

Bob Saget
December 19th 2010



49 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Johnny Poly is pretty swag

Bulldog
December 19th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Various people. Picnic Tyme produced "Invincible" and "Nevermind", FourOhOne produced "Everyday's a Holiday", Anthony Jenkins produced "Someday", The Soundmen produced "Fuckin' Awesome", and Danny Duren produced "Stupid Li(f)e".

There's a neat story behind the production though. When the project was first conceived, Johnny Polygon asked all his Facebook friends (he has a profile instead of a fan page) via a status to submit their beats to him for a chance for them to be on the album. Dude is a really cool, down-to-Earth guy.

Bulldog
December 19th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Johnny Poly is pretty swag


Yea but your parents are fucking gay for not letting you come to the concert with me Wednesday.

Bob Saget
December 19th 2010



49 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea basically.

Bulldog
December 19th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've decided that "Group Hug" is my favorite Johnny Polygon release. Though I've yet to get "Leggo My Eggo", shit is more rare
than a Lil B song.

JustJoe
December 19th 2010



1399 Comments


So much music to check out. I'm overwhelmed.

glad to have you back bool. pos'd [2]

Bulldog
December 19th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Joe, I'm just glad to be back on Bulldog. I have a lot of music, and ratings, to catch up on as well. You should check this out though if you get the time man.

JustJoe
December 19th 2010



1399 Comments


I've added it to my evergrowing list. You should check out my third review if you're in the mood for a headache.

Urinetrouble
December 19th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thats a cool concept man for the beats; speaing of Facebook, booldawg are u on it?

iisblackstar
December 19th 2010



431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

might actually check this out, sounds interesting

i thought this guy was a dick to you or something once?? or am i delusional

Bulldog
December 19th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You should check out my third review if you're in the mood for a headache.


Will do.

speaing of Facebook, booldawg are u on it?


Yea man you want my profile or something?

might actually check this out, sounds interesting


You should bro. http://www.johnnyfuckinpolygon.com

i thought this guy was a dick to you or something once?? or am i delusional


No I met him outside of his concert once while I was trying to find a scalper and I talked to him for a while and he gave me a free t-shirt and advised me to sneak into his concert. He's a cool dude.

iisblackstar
December 19th 2010



431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sounds like a good dude.... couldve sworn you emailed him a review awhile back and he ignored it or something. checking it out now

Urinetrouble
December 19th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah i want to add you booldizzle

Bulldog
December 19th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea he did ignore it but he's got alot of shit to do.

Aight urinetrouble.



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