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4.0 out of 5 stars The Bourgeois Blues
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...
Published 23 months ago by Leonardo27

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ry Cooder
A bit disappointing really to be honest. Nothing on this jumps out at you as in any way special. I say this as a long time admirer of Ry Cooders musical explorations. Still there's always the next one to look forward to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cooder back on form, 17 Sep 2012
This review is from: Election Special [+digital booklet] (MP3 Download)
Forget all the negative reviews and comments Cooder as always been political witty and aserbic and the folk who think he hasn't just haven't listened to the same Ryland Cooder that I have.

On this one Cooder is back to his early muse commenting joking and taking on the way of the world.

His playing is as usual stellar stuff and the production second to none. Great Album........thanks RY.
Bluefrog
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Absolute Nuts!, 24 Aug 2012
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Get this - put it on loud, sit back and enjoy! Ry has been great for 40+ years but this is stupendous. His politics are worn loud and proud, as though they weren't on previous output. This makes it clear for anyone stupid enough not to have previously realised. Buy with confidence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Legend!, 31 May 2013
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I've been following Ry Cooder for decades and always find his albums interesting. I can't wait to listen to this one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid production and good, if same-y, collection of songs, 2 May 2013
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I would have given this 5 stars if there had been a bit more humour or more variety in the songs. Granted, this is all on a theme, at a time when it mattered to get POTUS re-elected and the tea party activists sent packing, but it's a bit too earnest for me. I prefer his other recent work, including Chavez Ravine and Pull up Some Dust.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ry Cooder, 11 April 2013
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A bit disappointing really to be honest. Nothing on this jumps out at you as in any way special. I say this as a long time admirer of Ry Cooders musical explorations. Still there's always the next one to look forward to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Democrats win, 29 Mar 2013
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Blues to an election - surprisingly works - would obviously work when you think of it. Money orientated campaigns to enrich the already well off. Back to earth music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Keeps Going, 5 Mar 2013
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Ry comes out with another stinging attack on the crassness of the Republican campaign with the venom of a snake. Look forward to the next group he has a go at.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Right-on Ry, 14 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Election Special (Audio CD)
Ry is in Woody Guthrie mode here - sharp lyrics, lovely playing (as always) but drops a star for me because of straightforward use of blues song structures in several cases - makes some of the songs sound a bit over familiar. Always worth a listen though :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Election Special, 3 Jan 2013
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Follow up to last years excllent "Pull up some Dust...", and every bit as good, if not better. Released to co incide with the US elections, it's 9 political protest songs done with humour and skill. Drumming by Ry's son Joachim is brilliant, he has a loose 'sloppy' feel but always hits the 'one' perfectly. Only criticism is it's a bit short, 38 mins vs Dust's 62.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Righteous Ry., 26 Dec 2012
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After such a long,esteemed career through folkblues, Tex-Mex.funk,film soundtracks and collaborations with musicians from all over the world, from Cuba to Ireland Ry keeps recording, luckily for us. This set shows us he's lost none of the fire,from the early days he interpreted Woody Guthrie with passion, and a real social conscience, this is in that vein. An attack on the right wing of American politics, Mitt Romney firmly in his sights, this is heartfelt stuff,great musicianship as usual. Another great album from Ry Cooder.
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