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Joan Baez remains one of the most celebrated and influential artists of her generation. Her impact on successive generations of singer/songwriters and female artists in particular is wide-reaching and crosses all genres and boundaries. Fellow artists from Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt to Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Indigo Girls cite her as a primary influence on their own careers. A new studio album from Baez is an event that will be celebrated by the media.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.51 x 4.96 x 0.31 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Joan Baez
- Original Release Date : 2018
- Date First Available : January 11, 2018
- Label : Joan Baez
- ASIN : B078XY2GGQ
- Number of discs : 1
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From the title track, written by Kathleen Brennan and Tom Waits, Joan makes it clear that this musical journey will be one of recollection and reflection, tempered by regret and yet fortified with a resoluteness that experience brings.
It's about taking stock of where we are and how we got there....or why we never left. Another track that stands out after the first couple of listenings is Anohni's 'Another World', a song calling hopelessly for a world and a life almost gone. It is devastating and brings to mind the catastrophes facing our world. 'The Things That We Are Made Of' is another beautiful poem/song by Mary Chapin Carpenter recalling experiences of youth and romance, full of vivid imagery that MCC writes into her lyrics, and that Joan makes so beautifully intimate and her own. 'Silver Blade', rapidly becoming another favorite from this collection, is a fine and evocative 'revenge ballad' by Josh Ritter. Recalling one of the Child Ballads of Joan's earliest repertoire, it tells the story of the indignity of power and prestige abused and exploited.....with justifiable revenge brought about by the woman who carried that blade. It also seems like it could have been penned as a sequel perhaps to another of Joan's most requested ballads, 'Silver Dagger'--that would be a question for Mr. Ritter.
Zoe Mulford's 'My President Sang Amazing Grace' fits perfectly into Joan's career-long coupling of her music with her activism--it tells the haunting and tragic story of the Charleston SC church shooting and asks why and how, but offers no resolution. What it reminds us of is the simple humanity and healing within a song....and of the difference compassion and humility can make in a nation's leader. Another of my favorite songs so far is Eliza Gilkyson's 'The Great Correction'---a challenge to humankind to either change our ways, or face a devastating, inevitable 'correction' that may already be upon us.
Truly, Joan and her team of music-makers have brought us a collection of songs--stories and musings, rhythms and rhymes--worthy of inclusion with the best of her recordings! Always and forever.....the voice of the human experience---haunting, wistful, aching, joyous and JUSTIFIED! BRAVA, Joan Baez, on another bold and beautiful musical journey.