Pure acoustic pop candy from the Belgian King of Pop! Okay, he's not really from Belgium...and not really a king. But his acoustic pop candy sure is sweet. Melodic, candid, and unassuming, 'Hopelessly Marginal' is a playful and honest collection of simple acoustic originals that will stick in your gourd long after you want them there. Consider yourself warned. Mertens' maiden effort is perhaps best described as 12 crudely performed acoustic pop gems, written and recorded by a single guy with a single 12-string guitar. Humorous and insightful, 'Hopelessly Marginal' is a long-anticipated collection of heart-felt, angst-ridden, and off-the-wall romps that made the creator a living, breathing party favor. Tragically under-produced by a gent who can't read or write music, one wonders what this guy could do with a bigger budget and some studio assistance. One thing is certain -- what this CD lacks in Polish it makes up in charm. One listen to Happy Crappy Valentine's Day and you'll be humming it all day long...