Published January 13, 2006
Hús datt is a collection of 21 deliciously short collaborations between perverted drunkard/master wordsmith Megas and oddball country duet Súkkat, and the result walks a fine line between prolific brilliance and being as thick as the proverbial post. Megas sings and plays with a beefed-up energy not heard from him in years, and the lyrics remain steadfastly superb.
But Hús datt’s excellence does not lie only in its lyrics; this is one of the few occasions on which Megas can actually be enjoyed by those who do not speak a word of Icelandic. Súkkat’s playing shines in a subtle and casual way, and the odd stereo overdub on Megas’ vocals not only enhance the disorientingly drunken experience of listening to him sing, but, on the few songs where the overdub is not used, a disarming intimacy. This endearing folk album laughs as hard as its contemporaries cry and yet seems more honest than all of them combined. It is also easily the most exciting thing on Bad Taste’s Christmas release list.