Title - 'The True False Identity' (Sony)
Artist - T Bone Burnett
Not easily accesible - this is not lighthearted easy listening. It takes abit getting used to. Maybe like me, T-Bone's quirky production has gotten in the way of his songs in the past, and the first listen I felt the same thing. More annoyed than anything. However, I admire T-Bone so much, I made myself keep listening to it because I really wanted to hear what he had to say. Slowly but surely I began to tune into the lyrics, the punk-like fervor and anger imbedded in the heart of every song,the incredible guitar work of Mark Ribot and the overall sense of purpose in the music. This is the soundtrack to the decline of western civilization, and a howling yelp of personal angst as well. I don't think there is a bad track on the CD - most are outstanding - 'Seven Times Hotter...', 'Long Journey...', 'Fear Country', are my favorites. Crank 'em all up LOUD. The True False Identity speaks volumes to our world today - it requires a listener's ear, a poet's heart, and a sublevel of frustration and disillusionment to listen to this adequately - don't expect to charmed or mollified, but do expect to be moved. T-Bone gives life to the old bumpersticker, 'If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.' Listen to this - often. A piece of art, a statement as strong as this cd, makes George Bush nervous.