CODY CHESNUTT My Love Di­vine De­gree One Lit­tle In­dian

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Raw soul­ful truths and can­did sto­ry­telling have been Cody Chesnutt’s stock-in-trade since the one-time Death Row song­writer and rock band front­man’s solo de­but The

Head­phone Mas­ter­piece landed in 2002. My Love Di­vine De­gree, his third al­bum to date, re­minds you of the At­lanta na­tive’s acu­men when it comes to writ­ing songs that suit a rich mix of sounds and styles. He’s more than ca­pa­ble of writ­ing a pop stun­ner, as I Stay Ready shows, but this al­bum is more about a quest for pos­i­tive liv­ing in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances, fea­tur­ing protest songs ad­dress­ing re­cent his­tory and in­ci­dents with hope to push back the dark­ness. Add in sweet pro­duc­tion tones from Kanye West and Com­mon aide An­thony “Twilite Tone” Khan and you’ve an al­bum of pow­er­ful, poignant rel­e­vance. face­book.com/ iam­cody­ches­nutt

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