review of "Vote In November: Election 2004 Anti-Theft Device."\\"
John News Smith
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Mon Oct 4 04:38:01 EDT 2004
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"Vote In November: Election 2004 Anti-Theft Device"
by Various Artists
P.O. Box 12736
Portland, OR 97212
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This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 9/04
"Kevin's Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews"
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Hey, the folkies are doing their part. While not able to fill stadium
after stadium like Springsteen, Mellencamp, Pearl Jam, the Dixie Chicks
and others on the Vote For Change tour, folk artists are doing what they
can by musically expressing their respective political beliefs before
the November 2 election with the release of this highly charged and
deliberately titled CD.
And for those newly emerged from hibernation, this is not the sound
track from the recent Republic National Convention.
It did give me pause though when one of the contributors, Sons of the
Never Wrong, caught my eye. I immediately thought the neo-cons currently
in power had somehow organized their male children into a Pat Boone
cover band. Fortunately, I was wrong.
Well, what to say about the offerings here: the most fun is Chris
Chandler's and Anne Feeney's "Carnival #4" from their CD "Live From The
Wholly Stolen Empire." The combination of the ingenuity of Chandler's
spoken words and Feeney's biting vocals satirically prick the pomposity
of the usual suspects in D.C. as well as the contradictions being lived,
or endured, by so many throughout the country. This is a marvelous cut.
Jack Hardy, who lost a brother in the terrorism at the World Trade
Towers, chimes in with the acidic "In Bed With The Enemy." He slams
George W. Bush's harlot relationships with the Saudis, big oil, Enron,
WorldCom and the like, with lines like "any port-folio in a storm."
Hardy also lampoons the disputed Florida vote count in 2000, the Bush
family "makeover" from blue blood to common man with the "move" from
Maine to Texas and also even tosses out a line about the reason for the
drinking habits of the Bush daughters.
Kate McConnell's "Mercy" contains a searing line commenting on the
standard M.O. of the current administration: "...my neighborhood gets
smaller as Bush comes to shove..."
"Dangerous Times" by Chuck Brodsky details a number of pre-and-post 9/11
peculiarities of American political life that never get fully addressed
in any prominent or readily accessible media.
Les Barker scores point after point with his poetic contribution "The
Civilised World" and Andrew Calhoun provides a solemn rendition of the
Stephen Vincent Benet poem, "Short Ode," a tribute to the fallen in war.
Dan Bern, who has previously provided so many other searing, insightful
songs gets a bit pedestrian with "Bush Must Be Defeated." Opening and
closing with multiple repetitions of the song title, he ends each line
in the middle with rhymes of "defeated" such as "...the Rose Garden
unseeded..." and "the imposter excreted."
A very nice touch is Joyce Andersen's uplifting "Filled With Love" a
personal, non-political declaration that closes out the release.
This isn't quite Zell Miller-amped-on-steroids at the Republican
National Convention, but it's certainly red meat for liberals.
Waterbug Records is offering this CD at a relatively inexpensive price,
especially with bulk sales. Employing a slightly different admonition
than Karl Rove's November 2 directions, order early and order often as
this release will either be a celebratory device or one of solace come
40 or so more days.
* The Wumper - Steve Gillette (1:47)
* Mercy - Kate McDonnell (3:55)
* Bush Must Be Defeated - Dan Bern (3:58)
* Lied - Myshkin's Ruby Warblers (2:04)
* King George III - Hugh Blumenfeld (2:46)
* You Better Keep An Eye On Him - Jonathan Byrd & Dromedary (3:04)
* The Civilised World - Les Barker (2:39)
* Born A Thousand Times - Sons Of The Never Wrong (5:29)
* Carnivals - Chris Chandler & Anne Feeney (7:19)
* In Bed With The Enemy - Jack Hardy (4:16)
* Dangerous Times - Chuck Brodsky (4:45)
* Two Kids - Anais Mitchell (3:49)
* Short Ode - Andrew Calhoun (2:41)
* The Thief - Michael Troy (3:52)
* Filled With Love - Joyce Andersen (3:53)
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