Submitted by mojoworking on 30 August 2012 - 3:16pm
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What does it sound like?:
Would you vote for a man who drove for 12 hours with his dog strapped to the roof of his car? Thankfully you probably don't have to. But at least half of the Americans who are registered will cast their vote for Mitt Romney this year. It's a scary prospect and one which Ry Cooder has clearly given much thought, with the opening track here written from the hapless hound's viewpoint. As the U.S. heads towards the November bunfight "Election Special" takes a look at the cesspit that is American politics. Cooder's albums are a cottage industry these days with Ry penning the songs and playing every instrument except drums, which are handled by his son Joachim. This is as good as anything he has given us recently with one rather large reservation: the lack of virtuoso guitar. These days fretboard histrionics are kept to a minimum but the songs, at least, are as powerful as ever. "Election Special" will win Ry few friends on the American right, but it will surely keep blues fans happy.
What does it all *mean*?:
Another year, another well-aimed, politically-charged Ry Cooder album. Last time out it was Wall Street with "Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down", now it's Politicians. As always, Ry's aim is true.
Goes well with …:
Despite the overt political overtones, this is the real deal as authentic blues albums go and it sounds equally at home alongside John Lee Hooker or Johnny Winter.
Might suit people who like …:
Americana, old school blues and fine guitar playing.