The Finns do not think that a smooth-talking, slippery, year-round Santa located miles from anywhere is remotely strange. Which explains a lot about this new one from 22 Pistepirrko, a band---like the Evil Superstars---able to suspend both disbelief and credulity for 45 minutes as they take the basic building blocks of recent popular music and mash them together in ways any sane person would cringe at, somehow making the resulting sound exceedingly palatable. We're talking bits of trip hop, rock, Manfred Mann, disco, Bob Dylan, drum'n'bass---and much more---not only on the same record, but in the same song. It's like listening to 15 minutes of Peel condensed into 3 minutes of song, eleven times. Brilliant.