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Born in Panama, raised in California, and molded by New York's music scene. Two solo albums before Cobain took over.
The creation of Chocolate Genius Inc., an alter ego that quickly transcended such a title. Sound-expanding collaborations with Meshell Ndegeocello, Van Dyke Parks, Doveman, Cibo Matto, 2/3 of Medeski, Martin & Wood, and Thompson's only
constant, Marc Ribot. And then, a seemingly sudden glimpse of high thread counts and private jets on Springsteen's Seeger Sessions Tour in 2006, followed by an 'emotional roller coaster' in Senegal.
That one never quite left the back of Thompson's mind, a space shared with thoughts of strange coincidences and slaughtered animals, love and loss, family and friends. Music to match every valley and peak, free of genre constraints or any particular
scene despite what you may have heard about Thompson's co-starring role in the 'neo-soul movement'.
And now this: Swansongs, the final chapter in an extended trilogy (see also: 1998's Black Music, 2001's Godmusic and Black Yankee Rock released in 2004 ) that's turned first-person tales into truth-seeking therapy sessions. More than just an
exploration of the letter 'I', you know? Or as Thompson puts it, 'Gracefully embracing decay is the constant theme. Letting go. The curse of religion. The passion is the poison. That old dilemma worship and penance; sparkle and fade; bass
and trouble.'

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'...he spreads his gutter poetry across a bed of low-key grooves, odd synths and shifting textures.' --Pitchfork

He takes us on this journey with an idiosyncratic intensity inspired by everything from the Beach Boys to Sam Cooke. --Interview

...tunes move in slow motion, with undulating guitar lines or measured rhythm-and-blues vamps behind husky,
weather-beaten vocals. --The New York Times

1. She Smiles
2. Enough For You
3. Like A Nurse
4. Kiss Me
5. Lump
6. Polanski
7. How I Write My Songs
8. Mr. Wonderful
9. Sit & Spin
10. When I Lay You Down
11. Ready Now

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: One Little Indian Us
  • ASIN: B003UIRBEM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DIOONER on September 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Marc Anthony Thompson must be the embodiment of all underrated songwriters on his very own. The fact this guy has stayed virtually unknown from the mainstream for the whole 26 years of his career is both a scandalous injustice and a gift for those empassioned enough to have followed him through his somewhat erratic but rewarding recording history.

"Swansongs" is his sixth album proper, the fourth under the Chocolate Genius alias, whose first release as such, 1998's "Black Music" was the closest the man got to stardom. And yet, even then, he couldn't be categorised to one single genre. Being championed by spot-on fans such as Lou Reed, Meshell Ndegeocello or Bruce Springsteen, who enrolled him in his Seeger Sessions Band in 2006, didn't even help make him the great crossover artist he so blatantly deserves to be.

But hell does he care ? His music pours soul, pop, jazz, rock and heartbreaking poetry by every bit, and this new release, his most intimate sounding yet, is no exception. His warm and seductive voice is this time the blatant centerpiece of proceedings, yet such delicate sonic invention is no letdown either, with "Like A Nurse", "Kiss Me" or "Polanski" being obvious highlights, but on second thought you might as well quote all eleven selections here. Those elegiac 34 minutes are to hold and cherish like your everyday milk and butter, believe me. If you've never heard Marc Anthony Thompson yet, and start with this new album, I sincerely envy you. Some may have sold their soul to the devil to earn their skills, yet this guy sounds like he stole the grace of all angels at once.

Highly recommended.
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By Dr.G on October 11, 2012
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Not half bad. that is what the doctor who is reviewing this album thought. Now I just need more words...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F Bruno on October 21, 2010
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Ok, if you have not purchased a Choc G album in the past you need give this a try. It is a bit moody but has the flavor of most of their ablums and is great. I rank this up there with Black Yankee Rock.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LostAliceInNYC on October 17, 2010
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My fiance and I just saw him last night at Terminal 5 in NYC. He opened for Citizen Cope. He was fantastic! He also joined the crowd after his performance and mingled with fans. He was very humble, silly and very chill. :) I would recommend catching his show!
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