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  • Audio CD (August 29, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: August 29, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B005BY8MSM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"These times," says Ry Cooder, "call for a very different kind of protest song. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" We're way down the road from that."

On his fourth solo effort for Nonesuch/Perro Verde Records, the globe-trotting composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist leaves behind the fantastical yarn-spinning, the magical realism, and allegorical tunes of his acclaimed, Grammy Award-nominated California trilogy-Chavez Ravine (2005), My Name Is Buddy (2007), and I, Flathead (2008) - for the most forthright album of his career. The 14 songs on Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down are, by turns, angry, outraged, bitterly funny, and deeply poignant. With brilliant, Woody Guthrie-like directness and a healthy dollop of satire, Cooder's lyrics address the often-sorry state of our domestic affairs: the bank bailout, the anti-immigration movement, the ever-growing gap between rich and poor, and the never-ending war in the Middle East and its devastating physical and emotional toll on young soldiers.

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 5, 2011
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In the same way that Neil Young gave a vitriolic state of the nation report to America with 2006's "Living with war" we now have another veteran guitarist and giant of real music making a similar declaration. Like Young, the Californian master musician Ry Cooder doesn't like very much of what he sees at the present time whether it be greedy bankers, embezzling landlords, lamentable television, rabble rousing politicians and the prospect of young men being sent into early graves. The great news is that he wraps up all this social comment in "Pull up some dust and sit down" in some of the finest songs he has recorded in years. This album sees a return to the funky preoccupations of "Bop til you drop" with an excellent gospel base, a nice Mexican tinge and a reverential nod to the folk protest of Woody Guthrie. Throughout the musicianship is so good its almost criminal and its worth stressing that as a protest album Cooder's latest is jam packed with sly humour and repeated listens will leave you with a very broad grin.

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.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Pete Shelton on September 1, 2011
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Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down takes the the listener further along Ry Cooder's triumphal progress into his elder years. There is real poignancy in both lyrics and music, the same poignancy that found expression in the character of Kash Buck in I Flathead. The world has changed and not for the better; it's inevitably easier to see that with greater clarity at 64 than in your early twenties, his age when he recorded his first solo albums. Then he sang the blues, both of the dustbowl and the delta. Now he sings a perhaps more universal blues of loss and regret, but not of bitterness.

Above all, Ry Cooder is a folk musician - folk, as in regular people. Character is his forte as a singer - he has always found a voice in both his own and others' songs that expresses human quirks and idiosyncrasies, passions and follies in ways that the lyrics may only have hinted at. Ry is a true character actor, as well as being one the very best musicians working in America today. In this record he again he draws on the sadness and beauty of south-western border music; this is his home turf.

Characters populate Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down; the aging reprobate and his Mexican maid in Dirty Chateau, the sidelined working-class white man (Tea Party fodder) in Lord Tell Me Why, the Kash Buck-like old geezer of Dreamer. These people are real folk. We have known them. We are them.

Contemporary America is not a cultural or political climate to celebrate. No wonder Ry has God dismiss the whole damn thing in Humpty Dumpty World. We may be in a sorry political shape and in thrall to corporate power, but at its heart the people themselves are better than that - these songs find the beauty in their self-expression, however mundane.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Real Person on September 16, 2011
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Wow! Whew! This cd is quite a ride... There is some great classic Cooder playing/sound/style here, and he pulls no punches in his view of where things are at in the US of A of late. The range of vocal stylings and sounds is amazing - on several occasions I asked myself, "Is that Ry singing on this one?". A number of powerful, funny, sad, angry songs. I'm really diggin it, but it will not suit everyone's (political) sensibilities. I definitely get the comparison to Guthrie. Most everything is played by Ry accompanied by his son, Joachim, on drums. If you like Cooder, check it out.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. R. Miller on September 24, 2011
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As a lifelong Ry Cooder fan (bought his first album as a teen), I've accumulated many much loved recordings over the years. This, quite simply, in my humble opinion, is his best work. A fusion of the musical genres he's investigated over the years, punctuated by his most trenchant political lyrics, "Pull Up Some Dust. . ." is made even more impressive by the range of Cooder's singing. Yes, his singing. Long known for his multi-instrumental brilliance, Ry's voice has always been considered, uh, Ry's voice. Singular, slightly peculiar, but always resonant. On this album, he stretches his vocal cords to become as multi-faceted a singer as he's previously been an instrumentalist. It's not just the eerie impression of "John Lee Hooker for President" that is so startling. He takes his voice in a myriad of different directions, and inflections, as each song dictates. Mr. Cooder, you prove that old dogs can learn new tricks!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison on September 7, 2011
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'Pull up some dust and sit down' follows on from 'I, Flathead' and 'My name is Buddy' and has a similar sound and feel to those two albums. Lyrically it takes its tone from Woody Guthrie's 'Dustbowl' protest songs (as on 'My name is Buddy') to comment on the current American economic and political scene, with songs about bankers, foreign wars and crap television. If all this sounds a bit worthy and dry, Ry manages to infuse the songs with humour while making serious points and to wrap the whole thing up in good musical settings. However, in many ways both this record and 'My name is Buddy' are almost 'Socialist' in their message and I find it hard to believe that they would have been accepted in the States even five years ago.

The good news is that Ry finally returns to playing some great bluesy electric slide on numbers like "Humpty Dumpty world", "Baby joined the army", "Lord tell me why", "I want my crown" and "If there's a God". Speaking of blues, there is also a very authentic John Lee Hooker impersonation on the very funny "John Lee Hooker for President". As in his 70s albums, there is lots of variety here from the Tex-Mex grooves of "El Corrida de Jesse James" and "Dreamer" to the gospel-funk of "Lord tell me why" and the tender ballads like "Dirty Chateau" and "No hard feelings".

There is a lot to take in here and I think that this record will definitely take repeated listenings. After only a couple of listens I'm finding it hard to pick a favourite track - I like the quirky love song "Simple tools" and the all the electric slide numbers mentioned above but I think that at this early stage I'd have to go for "Baby joined the army", where the song's powerful anti-war message is underlined by Ry's strange, unnerving solo electric slide guitar backing. All-in-all this is Ry's best album in years and if musically it isn't quite as good as his 70s/80s records it does match some stunning music with powerful social and political messages.
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