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War & Peace

Butch Hancock Audio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 17, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Two Roads Records
  • ASIN: B000JFY0ZC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Give Them Water
2. Damage Done
3. When The Good and The Bad Get Ugly
4. Toast
5. Old Man, Old Man
6. The Devil in Us All
7. The Master Game
8. Road Map for the Blues
9. Between Wars
10. Cast the Devils Out
11. Brother Won't You Shake My Hand
12. Pot of Glue
13. that Great Election Day

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Butch Hancock's self-produced War and Peace, his first solo CD in almost 9 years, meets face to face with the mountains of lies that appear to be rising higher and higher all around us and all inside us, and reminds us: the times they are STILL a'changin'. From the riveting acapella opener, a call-for-peace/prayer/warning/urge-to-compassion to the final cut, a 7min plus get-out-the-vote anthem which would set Woody Guthrie, Willie Dixon and Mississippi John Hurt dancing proudly in their graves, Hancock pulls no metaphorical punches. His voice, still warm and scratchy after all these years, blends with the harmonies of long-time buddies (and ex-Flatlanders band mates) Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

The title comes courtesy of Leo Tolstoy. The vocals are Lone Star Bob Dylan, made grittier by an East Texas wind. And the style is Woody Guthrie by way of Robert "Masters of War" Zimmerman. That said, ex-Flatlander Hancock brings unassailable conviction to this collection of original protest songs, which draw on Biblical references, activist literature, and Phil Ochs-like humanity to drive a stake through the heart of Hancock's fellow Texan in the White House. "They never found a single weapon of mass destruction," he needles in "The Devil in Us All," "but they all smell oil/got to get it into production." Hancock plays nine instruments here, and calls on old bandmates Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore for his chorus of witnesses. Still, at times, as on "Old Man, Old Man," a monologue to his maker, Hancock-as-producer needs a bit of help--his keyboards are too cheesy to rattle God's stained-glass windows, and much of this has a DIY, on-the-cheap tone. Can you really plug an electric guitar into your truck's cigarette lighter? --Alanna Nash

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling as ever! February 18, 2007
I have been listening to Butch Hancock's music for many many years now and it is never short of superb. The new album is no exception! This time he turns his exceptional ability with words on to the state of the world & to the politics of conflict. His songs tell it like it is & leave you in no doubt of his opinions but they do so with humor and without the bitterness and threat that can often leave an artist appearing no better than those they would criticize, If you like Bob Dylan or Dan Bern's way with words and tune then do explore Butch Hancock's extensive back catalog. Butch is also a talented painter & photographer (amongst many other things!) & has very intentionally remained outside the corporate music industry for all his days - had he chosen to join it then believe me everybody would know his name & work. Explore a unique storytelling talent - you will not be disappointed!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All arounf good album March 10, 2007
The music is pleasing and the lyrics are right on (or at least make you think). What more can you ask?
OK. It was unfair to just drop the above review, as it is not in the least bit helpful to someone looking for an album they can enjoy on both a musical and a social level, or for those who would prefer to keep their heads in the sand. So, here goes:
War and Peace is a rousing celebration of the progressive world view. If you think George Bush is doing a good job and we should be sacrificing our children and the Iraqi children so that he Dubya can feel like a man, and that 9/11 justified turning America into Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany; You will not like this album. But, if you believe in the core American values of freedom, fairness, justice and mercy; you will love the lyrics. If you think that good music is categorized by insane screaming and music played too loud to understand the words, or alternately by a singer that sounds like they have a severe sinus infection, or is trying to get you in bed ala Larry the Lounge Lizard, then this isn't your type of music. But if you like highly skilled musicians and clear singing, in a wide range of styles then you will enjoy this album.
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4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't say it unless you've something to say... January 20, 2007
Butch is a fine original Texas songwriter from the Great High Plains but this collection is an example of when songwriters think they have something to say about politics but truly don't. Typical clever lyrics as with all Hancock recordings but the message is more worn out and tired than war itself. Artists would do well to have depth of knowledge on their subjects, maybe that's why the rule: write about that which you know. In this CD Butch shows his political and social thoughts are about deep as the rivers flowing around Lubbock.
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4 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars War and Peace January 9, 2007
As a fan of Buth and his song contributions to the Flatlanders, I was disappointed to find many of the songs to be unsubtle, strident polemics against war or the obstacles to peace. The melodies were not memorable. It is in sharp contrast to Neil Youngs most recent release dealing with the same topic.
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1 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars West Texas reality check needed September 8, 2008
One of the great Texas singer/songwriters of the 1970s and 80s smokes some of The Dixie Chicks loco weed and sullies his musical legacy with some truly half-baked "protest" songs. Dylan was smart enough to finally distance himself from his early political songs and their humorless fans. I've met Butch and Dylan too and they were both pretty sharp operators, so I'll attribute this career misstep to "too much time spent in Austin without a reality check". Butch, head back to Lubbock some weekend and find out what real Texans are worried about these days. It sure ain't a won war, Hoss.
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