Not Funny Review

Not Funny Review

Not Funny is a 5-track album by musician, artist, social media influencer, husband, father— and weirdo— Nicholas Megalis. Megalis utilizes his manic singing, folksy guitar playing, fresh observations, and rock influences to point out the unusualness in everyday life from the perspective of an outsider. Not Funny is an anthem for the unapologetic uprising of unique identity; and Megalis is the Commander in Chief of this army of freaks he is inspiring.

*Track One: Who Am I? / Hello from My Head
The track starts off with delicate piano and Nicholas lightly sings out a cry of identity. He repeatedly asks “Who Am I?”. After half a minute, the song kicks into gear and the fast strumming of Nicholas’ guitar takes the spotlight. All of a sudden the question of identity is answered with “I am dead”… only to be refuted immediately after: “I am not. I’m just lying, it’s a part of me”. Nicholas continues to manically explore the idea of who is. He makes claims, he takes them back, he stutters and repeats himself, and the song is quick shifting and curious. Nicholas completes the verse after singing many memorable lyrics such as “look me in my eyes, let me die before I go to sleep”, “I think I am okay”, “Hello from my head, did you think I was lying when I said I can’t even feel my head”. Ultimately, the verse ends with a desperate “Do you love me? Do you think I will ever be okay?”.
The song sounds like it will end, until a electric guitar takes control and continues the quick, manic riff. Nicholas’ voice busts away from whatever effects were on it before, and he repeats the same verse with a beautifully chaotic tone. He screams, stutters, loses pace, and dramaticized his voice like a theatrical actor at times. The song ends with a breath of relief, and the listener realizes the world of franticity that they have just entered by turning on this album. This song is the track that represents the album best, and I would say this could be one of the best songs on the album.

*Track Two: Hahahahaha
Carried by a simple ongoing guitar riff, this song is carried by Nicholas’ interesting lyrics and flow. It’s a bit of off-the-rails commentary on Nicholas’ surroundings and feelings. He appears to be singing to his love interest about their relationship, his state of mind, and what he thinks about general life. This song sounds alright during the first few verses, but the chorus is made up of Nicholas just obnoxiously singing “hahahaha” with several voice effects. The guitar gets stale and the verses grow boring towards the second half of the son, but overall, this is a solid addition to the album.

*Track Three: Yes I Can’t
To start, Nicholas performs quietly with his ominous guitar strumming. He sings about a relationship of some sort with his friend/partner, who is the target audience of the song. The tension soon builds towards the end of the verse and beginning of the bridge. The guitar then begins filling every corner of the track as the chorus enters, and Nicholas sings louder with more rock influence. After the first chorus, Nicholas then goes back to guitar strumming and lighter singing, but the disturbance in his voice grows violent, and by the time the next chorus comes he is basically loudly growling his lyrics. From here on, Nicholas jams out with heavy guitar and intense singing, pretty much just repeating the chorus. This song is exciting throughout and is one of the best on the album.

*Track Four: Eye for One
Beginning with piano and a bouncing bass, Nicholas starts listing off beliefs on top of a bluesy, slow, old-timey instrumental. During this verse Nicholas claims one his most notable lyrics: “I believe that love’s a joke / if you hadn’t made one we would’ve never spoke”.
The instrumental then does a full 180 flip of tempo and becomes an anxious spewing of lyrics about The Beatles, Ancient Evils, and Labido. Soon after this, the bass slows way back down and Nicholas shouts another memorable line when he sings, “I believe in my heart, that God is real! / I hate parking, but I like chocolate and how it makes me feel”.
The instrumental then speeds up and never slows back down. Nicholas’ voice grows intense and he ends up screaming, “I will prove to you that I am not a mistake!” This outburst is then followed by a trip of crazy space-like noises and effects. Nicholas then stops the music to give one final blow of passion. The song fades out to a crinkling, static noise. This song isn’t the best on the album, but it holds some of the most interesting perspectives and shifts. It is in the middle of the pack: nothing special.

*Track Five: Telepathy
This song starts off with some light strumming and flowery synths. Nicholas delivers some of his highest pitched and graceful vocals. He calmly shifts tones and pitches, giving the song a smooth feel. By the second verse, his voice starts being dressed with reverb and back up singing, and the track gets a bit more intense, as Nicholas yells, “I don’t know if I’m alive, or pretending to be”. From here on the instrumental builds and the hype of the track intensifies. Eventually we are left with a soft, delicate outro that repeats the intro track’s (really the whole album) motif of self discovery and identity: Nicholas sings, “Who am I….” or closing piano notes. This song concludes the album just as well as Track One starts it. This track once again exemplifies love, hope, and self-identity.

In conclusion, I would say this album is pretty good. It’s only a handful of songs, but I believe this is for the best; I’m not sure Nicholas could keep up the magic he shows off in these 5 tracks. There’s not a bad song on this album, but there’s also not any face-melting classics.

Best thing about this album: theme, uniqueness, and rawness.

Worst thing about this album: lyrics can be cringey at times, and “we live in a society” vibes.

Rating: 7.7321/10