Beat­nik Youth 7/10 Vet­eran poet teams up with pro­ducer Youth, unit­ing free jazz, rock’n’roll and am­bi­ent

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Sound­ing a lot like his old friend Iggy Pop, Detroit’s iconic “White Pan­ther” in­tro­duces him­self as “a beat­nik, dope fiend, poet, provo­ca­teur, race traitor and rene­gade”, recit­ing his beat po­etry in a sub-bari­tone growl that lurches from the bored to the psy­chotic. he waxes lyri­cal about Monk, Ker­ouac and Gins­berg (on the am­bi­ent “Bril­liant Corners”), lusts af­ter black women (on the swing­ing “Red Dress”), is­sues a lib­er­tar­ian’s char­ter (on the MC5-ish “ain’t No­body’s Busi­ness”) and – on “War On Drugs” – teams up with the late howard Marks to sug­gest that dope­heads and deal­ers start an ag­gres­sive counter-of­fen­sive. Best of luck with that one.

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