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Paul Lippert - Democracy for Lovers

Democracy for Lovers

Paul Lippert

Raspberry 735

Available from Paul Lippert's web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

Molly Ivins and Florence King were two of my favorite female political writers, and Paul Lippert took a shine to Tejas Molly, so, since her passing, he's decided to take up the sassy firebrand's ways even more strongly than he heretofore had. Good, as we can never get enough protest against this damnable Big Business plutocracy.

Lippert isn't just a good musician and composer but a very clever and subtle lyricist as well. As a writer, I always appreciate anyone who can use words for maximum value, but this guy goes way beyond, making the listener linger on meanings to both surface and blood deep contemplations:

I've got a brick meant for your window
Lying here asleep upon the floor
It's made from clay just like my heart
Baked until it's dried and still as stone

That's the kind of protest intro, to the extremely hypnotic I've Got a Brick, that's memorable and a companion to Bruce Cockburn's Rocket Launcher, less extreme in sentiment but just as immediate, just as searing in a rural in-your-kitchen fashion. Lippert's voice is melodious but possesses a type of frailty that colors his plaintive intent with more than just passing emotion. Each cut is recorded in a fashion brightly illuminating the instrumental contributions from sessioneers who've worked with Bill Frisell, David Sylvian, Laura Love, and others, work beautifully matrixing the vocals.

Democracy for Lovers is a soft-rock/folk effort that indeed kicks up a fuss about the current state of political affairs in Bush's fascist Korporate Khristian Kallous America but is also a collection of very attractive musical cuts provoking equal interest in melody and craft. What with everything going down, you just might find yourself in a position to, as the writer puts it, "wake up in the morning on the right side of a smirk"…you just have to decide what side that is. And his version of Bacharach & David's What the World Needs Now is Love is the best and most affecting I've yet heard.

Track List:

  • Years of Peace (trad. adapted by Lippert)
  • I've Got a Brick
  • In God We Trust
  • Winner Take All Democracy
  • What the World Needs Now is Love (Bacharach & David)
  • This Rain
  • Sometimes a Song is Just a Song
  • Do You Believe?
  • Give Me (Cascio / Lippert)
  • Last Time I Looked
  • When Johnny Comes Flying Home
  • Bring Her Back
All songs writen by Paul Lippert except as noted.

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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