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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2013
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Again, Sixto Rodriguez gets to the point in this album. I recommend any song he has done. It definitely strikes a chord with me. It's funny how it took all these years for me to discover his work - did so after watching the 'Searching For Sugar Man' movie. A very humble man!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2013
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At last Rodriguez is recognized for the writing and performing genius he is! It's been a long time coming, but finally this artist is achieving the fame and recognition he has so long deserved. This album is beautifully written and sung and I can't wait to get more of his work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2013
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I saw the documentary/film on Rodriguez and had to get the CD "Cold Fact". I was not disappointed! The songs are poignant, the lyrics are poetic and the orchestration unique. Rodriquez' vocals are fabulous - every word is clear and easy to understand. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2013
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I bought this album after seeing the Searching for Sugar Man movie. I loved the movie, I love the man Rodriguez, and I love this album. I bought the other one too (Coming from Reality). This album is the better of the two, but Coming from Reality is also highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2013
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As it probably brought most people. I'm so inspired by this story about success and acknowledgment and the music throughout the documentary was so good I just had to go and buy this album on principle alone to support this artist. Always support good music and good people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2013
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We had never heard of Rodriguez before seeing "Looking for Sugar Man". He is an amazing song writer and performer never given his due. So glad to see his talent acknowledged and celebrated at this late date. This CD should be in every music lover's collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2014
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First concert I saw with my husband and daughter! In June '14 we saw him in a more intimate venue with many Rodriguez fans. After seeing the documentary, "Searching for Sugar Man" the experience was so profound and memorable & I felt so lucky to do be there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2013
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I heard Sixto's music in the film, Searching for Sugarman and really liked it. The CD is not disappointing. It combines folk, rock and little blues. Lyrics are smart and each song has a unique sound--unlike a lot of albums where stuff ends up sounding the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2013
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I'm sure there are countless great works of art that were never appreciated in their time and won't be luckily enough ever be fully appreciated. Luckily, Rodriguez' story was brought to light by the excellent film and now many more people know his music.
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on January 24, 2015
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By now just about everyone has discussed Rodriguez's amazing story. What intrigues me is why his music didn't click with American audiences, but spoke so eloquently to other people.

There are, of course, a few mechanical explanations for his failure in the U.S. In 1970, lots of concerned parental groups were putting economic pressure on radio stations not to play songs that glorified hippie misconduct. Some of them went quite paranoid, looking for hidden allusions to sex and drugs in song lyrics. Rodriguez didn't make them look very hard. I can't imagine that "Sugarman" got much radio play, nor "I Wonder," with the line "I wonder how many times you've had sex." There are a few songs on his second album that you'd have trouble playing on the radio nowadays. In one, he alludes to a girl who "drank gold." That ain't orange juice, my friends. And an artist whose work didn't get much radio exposure didn't sell many albums.

In South Africa, on the other hand, censors didn't bother with subtleties like boycotts. They just took a stylus and gouged out the offending tracks on imported albums, with the result that Rodriguez's music acquired the lure of the forbidden. No wonder uncensored bootleg copies sold well. On the other hand, that alone couldn't have made his music as popular as it became unless it had something more going for it. Rodriguez was the quintessential angry young man, and I'm sure that appealed to the rebellious impulses of people who hated the apartheid regime. He sang about inner city grit, the chasm between rich and poor, the way that the former rig the system against the latter, and of course, about middle class hypocrisy. His voice is perfect for that kind of music -- powerful, with a sharp edge.

Why didn't he speak as effectively to the angry young men and women of the late 60's and early 70's in the United States? Well perhaps because by that point we were worn out with outrage. The Vietnam war was winding down, but protest movements had accomplished depressingly little to make it any shorter. Dylan had already enraged his fans five years earlier by moving on from folk-protest music and starting to play electric guitars. Maybe Rodriguez told us more truth about life in the inner cities than we could handle. But in a country where you weren't supposed to utter such truths out loud, his work was liberating. That's my theory and I'm sticking to it.
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