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20 Aug. 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 17 Aug. 2012
  • Release Date: 17 Aug. 2012
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Copyright: 2012 Nonesuch Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 38:32
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  • ASIN: B008TTZFH2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,984 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Leonardo27 on 20 Aug. 2012
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The dust has barely settled on Ry Cooder's acerbic last album, but he's back again spitting bile and pulling no punches in the run-up to the US presidential election, Mitt Romney and his Republicans the merciless target this time.

Given the speed of this follow-up, and its relatively short duration (9 tracks, 39 minutes) one suspects that some of this material may have been left over from last time; for example, "The Wall Street Part of Town" has already been in circulation for quite some months now.

Cooder's increasingly politicised stance may not suit all tastes, and at times he does come over a little preachy, but in strictly musical terms this is one of his best recent releases.

Production-wise it's much more stripped-down than of late; most of the usual Cooder stalwarts are absent this time. Cooder plays guitar, bass and mandolin with his usual aplomb, son Joachim plays drums and long-time Cooder loyalist Arnold McCuller contributes backing vocals to one track. The result is a sound and a feel harking back to Cooder's early-seventies work, and it's none the worse for that.

Despite the serious subject matter "Pull Up Some Dust..." contained some genuinely humorous moments, and Cooder's sense of mischief hasn't deserted him here either, witness "Mutt Romney Blues" told from the perspective of the Republican's canine. Possibly a cheap target, but it's another of those memorable dustbowl narratives that Cooder has rolled off with almost effortless ease for over forty years.

"Kool Aid" is perhaps the joker in the pack, its sinister and moody backing track drawing on Cooder's vast movie soundtrack oeuvre.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Bryson on 15 Sept. 2012
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After first listen nothing stood out as special, but after a few plays and careful listening to the lyrics I am once again delighted with Ry & Joachim's virtuosity.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Aug. 2012
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Ry's latest record carries on from where his last, `Pull up some dust and sit down', left off - both lyrically and musically as Ry bemoans the current state of politics in the US in the run up to the forthcoming Presidential election. Ry came to fame as a supreme `guitar technician' reinterpreting old folk and R&B but his last four records have seen him concentrating on writing his own songs to express his political views . At times I find these views a bit naļve and over-simplified, and in the case of "Mitt Romney Blues" and "Cold cold feeling" I felt the lyrics were a bit clunky and detracted from the music. However, they are obviously heartfelt and when they work, as in the majority of the songs here, they combine with the music to give added gravitas and grit, with swipes at Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, the N.R.A. and even Romney's Latter Day Saints. I don't think that Ry will be voting Republican any time soon!

Again we have a mix of Guthrie-esque Cannery Row-style folk blues together with harder-edged electric blues, with Ry playing all the instruments himself with just son Joachim helping out on the drums and Arnold McCuller singing harmony vocals on the final track. Indeed I think that Joachim really comes of age here, really driving the up-tempo tracks and adding subtle contributions to the more folky songs. Fans of Ry's electric blues slide guitar will love the rocking "The Wall Street side of town", "Guantanamo" and "Kool-Aid", while "Cold, cold feeling" probably has Ry's most bluesy slide for years, very much in the Elmore James style. The gentle "The 90 and the 9" sounds like an out take from "My name is Buddy", as does the haunting "Brother is gone" and "Going to Tampa" has some really nice mandolin, like a throwback to `Paradise and lunch'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John The Pot on 14 Sept. 2012
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I have been a fan of Ry Cooder from the earliest - I have everything
he's done and still listen to it regularly, particularly in my
workshop. In my opinion he's at his best when playing material
closer to his roots - I was not so keen on "Buddy" or, going
back a few years, "The Slide Area" - even so, he can do no
wrong, so this latest will join an impressive body of work
from one of the most significant players of the last 100 years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marat on 8 Oct. 2012
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Great follow up to pull up some dust. First five tracks spot on. Ry confirms his status as a true heir to Woody
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. C. Anthony on 24 Sept. 2012
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This is Ry Cooder back to his early style of singing/writing/playing and is a great CD especially if like me you really into the "original" Ry Cooder. At first I listened to the music rather than the words but after a few plays I'm getting into the lyrics, which again are typical of Cooders early stuff, brought up to date for the topic of this CD.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Driver on 22 Aug. 2012
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Understated, nailed-on, stripped-down guitar workout from the best there's ever been. Stand out tracks - well, just about all of them, (although I do have a soft spot for the gentle reference in '90 and the 9' to those ageing musicians who ripped him off in the past and haven't really delivered since). Joachim Cooder's percussive talents seem to grow with each new album while the great man's subtle mastery of every stringed instrument he picks up continues to amaze. Can't see anyone voting Republican after this.
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