I Hate Walmart
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
The title is the theme that runs through most of the lyrics of the eighteen originals and one cover song: biting social commentary and satirical twists on consumerism and other aspects of modern-day life. A few love songs, however, are thrown in for diversity. This is no album to just play in the background---the words demand attention. I would think of it as a musical book with different chapters about race relations, sexual orientation, politics, environmental issues and human hardships. The lyrics are included in the CD booklet, which helps to follow the mostly fast and upbeat songs. If you´re not quite as politically active or sympathetic to the issues raised it may be difficult to listen to the whole album without space for mental recovery. But, if you need a topical song for a program or broadcast, the chances are good you find it here. A few surprises are also included!
The musical production is varied and underscores the issue, from solo banjo or guitar accompaniment to a full band backup. The accompanying musicians are all very capable, switching between folky, country, talking-blues, and rock arrangements.
This CD is not an instant hit in my department, but it wins after several listenings and certainly deserves a space in the musical library of the politically interested. (As you might have guessed already, there is no G.O.P. song material!)
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Edited by David Schultz