It’s taken me awhile to come around to The Boy Least Likely To for one seemingly trivial (some might call it “anal”) reason: The group’s name drives me batty.
You see, I’m a copy editor, so I can be kind of obsessive-complulsive when it comes to grammar. The Boy Least Likely To commits a cardinal grammar sin: Almost never should you end a sentence in a preposition. Seriously. The boy least likely to … what? The boy least likely to fly? The boy least likely to sing? The boy least likely to poop? Something. Give me something! Argh! It reminds me of the Sunny Day Real Estate album How It Feels to be Something On. Oh, what would Strunk and White say?
Well, grammar misstep aside, I’m quickly warming up to the group’s wistful and refreshing tunes; Be Gentle With Me is priceless. Plus, they are YANP-approved, so you know they’re good. And I was pleasantly surprised to hear the guys in the group name-drop Son Volt among their current favorites.
The Boy Least Likely To, on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, 4/6/06:
1. Hugging My Grudge
2. I See Spiders When I Close My Eyes
4. My Tiger My Heart
6. The Battle of the Boy Least Likely To
7. I’m Glad I Hitched My Apple Wagon to Your Star
8. Be Gentle With Me
9. Fur Soft As Fur