- Audio CD (5 Sept. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Nonesuch/Perro Verde
- ASIN: B005BY8MSM
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- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
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When Ry Cooder recorded his first two albums, collections of songs by the likes of Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie that evoked the desperate times of the Great Depression, he could scarcely have imagined that 40 years later he'd be singing of the same old problems, but relating them to modern times.
In the intervening years since that eponymous 1970 debut and the following year's Into the Purple Valley, Cooder has learned to trust his own songwriting rather than relying on his encyclopaedic folk and blues knowledge, and few of his nearly 30 albums and soundtracks have been as strong as this.
His last album, I, Flathead in 2008, told the story of beatnik salt flats racer Kash Buk, and although one theme similarly emerges from Pull Up Some Dust�, here Cooder delivers numerous desperate, broken, bloodied and disenfranchised folk left to rot by those who put greed before humanity. Individually they are studies in blues, country, dustbowl folk and boogie, but collectively they add up to a powerful state of the nation address.
Bleak humour streaks most of Pull Up Some Dust�, whether it's the hard-done-by financiers dragging up the ladders on No Banker Left Behind, maimed soldiers returning home in the anti-war polka Christmas Time This Year, or his hilarious impersonation on John Lee Hooker for President, which imagines The Hook's manifesto for the White House ("Everyone gets one bourbon, one scotch, one beer / Three times a day if they stay cool / And little chill'uns get milk, cream and alcohol / Two times a day if they stay involved in school").
Elsewhere, Jesse James contemplates returning from Heaven to visit some Old West justice on Wall Street in the Tennessee waltzing El Corrido de Jesse James, the pleasures of an uncomplicated life are extolled in Tex-Mex ballad Simple Tools and The Almighty is lambasted for His negligence in If There's a God. In the end, however, on parting shot No Hard Feelings Cooder dismisses the rich and powerful as ripples in history welcome to go their way if they let him travel his own path.
Good luck with that, Ry, but this is about as good and sustained a riposte to the grubby, grabbing times we live in as any artist has mustered, which makes it essential listening.
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Top Customer Reviews
The whole album sets out its stall with "No Banker left behind" inspired by a Robert Scheer column in the Huffington Post where Cooder arraigns these vile creatures and comments "Well the bankers called a meetin', to the Whitehouse they went one day/They was going to call on the president, in a quiet and a sociable way/The afternoon was sunny and the weather it was fine/They counted all our money and no banker was left behind". It is very funny but also very cutting, a national anthem for a new depression which could be adopted by the US and a dozen other countries, Next is the excellent Mexican flavoured "El Corrida de Jesse James" which is followed by two of the albums massive highlights.Read more ›
This time round there are no elaborate narratives, but there is a common theme: these are songs of a broken, divided society and the gap between rich and poor, but with the anger matched against humour. He's a master at setting bleak or thoughtful lyrics against jaunty melodies.
"No Banker Left Behind" is the story of bankers on a spree after they "robbed the nation blind", set to a romping, country-edged tune, while "Christmas Time This Year" places a horrific story of war casualties against a cheerful Mexican dance melody, with accordion from Flaco Jiménez.
Ry Cooder plays guitar, mandola, banjo, bass and keyboards, and constantly changes direction from the evocative portrait of a rich man and his maid in "Dirty Chateau" to the gospel-edged stomp of "Lord Tell Me Why ("a white man ain't worth nothing in this land no more"), which is quickly followed by the witty blues of "John Lee Hooker for President".
He ends with "No Hard Feelings", a finely sung ballad that first rewrites Woody Guthrie ("this land should have been our land") and ends in despair and resignation.
Magnificent. R. Denselow
Starting with 2005's `Chavez Ravine', Cooder's music has become increasingly politicised and there are few holds barred here, with the banking crisis, the war in Iraq, immigration and the environment just a few of his targets.
All Cooder's traditional musical styles are amply represented here, from dustbowl-style acoustic blues through Tex-Mex, rock `n' roll, gospel, doo-wop, old-time crooners and then some.
There are welcome cameos from a number of familiar Cooder stalwarts: Jim Keltner, Flaco Jimenez, Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller and Willie Green all make appearances, alongside son Joachim Cooder and vocalist Juliette Commagere, an ever-present since `Chavez Ravine'.
"Baby Joined The Army" is a long, bleak, raw, stripped down and primal blues, in which the protagonist chillingly and tellingly observes "They told me if I get killed in battle, I still get paid". Bet that was a winning line down at the recruitment stations.
"Humpty Dumpty World" and "Lord Tell Me Why" are musical throwbacks to such albums as "Bop Till You Drop" and "Borderline", the latter interesting for its paradoxical use of a blatantly Afro-American vocal arrangement to bemoan the fact that "A white man ain't worth nothing in this world no more". Along with the rocking "I Want My Crown" it's arguably the best thing on the album.
Despite the pervading seriousness, there's still much fun to be had.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great slide guitarist, good voice and very witty with a good eye for what is happening in the political and social arena.
Love all his stuff.
great to hear Ry Cooder has still got it and has come up with new material that sounds new whilst keeping his feel for the bluesPublished 15 months ago by Patsy
Ry retreading some of his earlier roots and all the better for it.Published 18 months ago by Mr. Richard Robinson