I Killed the Monster

Various artists (Second-Shimmy)

Time Out Ratings :

<strong>Rating: </strong>0/5

This isn’t the first tribute album devoted to Daniel Johnston, and it probably won’t be the last: The strange man’s songs reward any number of interpretations. Overseen by producer and “outsider” music regular Kramer, I Killed the Monster is wildly uneven—a quality that may suit its subject, but remains frustrating. Within this 21-song muddle, however, are some real gems, including a beautiful recording of “Worried Shoes” by Daniel Smith and Sufjan Stevens that nails the songwriter’s sense of wonder, innocence and sorrow.—Jay Ruttenberg