Throwback Thursday: King of the Egg Cream (2014)

Ambition is a wonderful thing. It propels us forward like few things can. That being said, there is a downside to being ambitious. In our drive to succeed, we may ignore a few moral or legal boundaries, which can stop us in our tracks.

The 2014 Tablet magazine helmed album King of the Egg Cream is based on an old-fashioned radio show. Harry Dolowich (Justin Bartha) is a lawyer who wants more than life offers in his largely immigrant Jewish neighborhood of Brownsville offers. This leads him to become the ringleader of a syrup racket in Brooklyn in the 1920s.

This is obviously a niche type of album. That being said, I have truly enjoyed it. Harry is an interesting protagonist. His intentions are good, but in the end, his ego and his drive get him in trouble. What makes it more than a standard period narrative is the details of the era, allowing the listener to be swept into the narrative.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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