The first two albums I have reviewed this month look at America from completely different musical and political perspectives.
This month’s selection is a bit of a Cook’s tour of the world and where better place to start than Detroit – the metaphorical centre of the musical world.
These artists do not set out with the conscious aim of looking at class. But through their art they have created works of beauty that demonstrate the complexity and changing nature of working class life
Imperialism leaves behind germs of rot which we must clinically detect and remove from our land but from our minds as well.
You know there is a drought of good music when swathes of the music press tell you Marks to Prove It, by the Maccabees, is the album of the summer. So in the never-ending search for new and exciting music, I have spent the last month buying reissues and crate digging.
The protest song is back and its return can be dated precisely to 9 August 2014. On that day a police officer shot and murdered an 18 year old black man, Michael Brown. Since then, we have seen a number of artists produce songs of rage, lament and protest.