Please Don’t Be Dead 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - 21st-cen­tury blues from amer­i­canSo­mali vi­sion­ary NigEL WiLLiaMSON

Plun­der­ing lib­er­ally from ev­ery facet of the African-Amer­i­can mu­si­cal tra­di­tion from Robert John­son to Child­ish Gam­bino, the fol­low-up to 2016’s Gram­my­win­ning The Last Days Of Oak­land is the third in­stal­ment in Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz’s on­go­ing “black roots mu­sic for ev­ery­one” man­i­festo. Ad­dress­ing sub­jects from ad­dic­tion and gun crime to cen­sor­ship and ob­scene over-con­sump­tion, the anger is right­eous but leav­ened with the hope of change. “Plas­tic Ham­burg­ers” is a crunch­ing blues­rocker; the slow-burn­ing “Bad Guy Ne­ces­sity” swells ma­jes­ti­cally on a gospel cho­rus; “Trans­gen­der Bis­cuits” is a thrilling blues/hip-hop mash-up, while “Bull­shit An­them” is James Brown up­dated for the Black Lives Mat­ter era.

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