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A work of genius,
This review is from: The Greatest Story Never Told (Audio CD)
Saigon's "The Greatest Story Never Told" is a work of genius that vividly describes the challenges facing young African-Americans today through a lens of hope for the future.
The album tells two stories. First is the story of the modern-day poor, particularly the native black population, in the United States, largely trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty from a combination of the legacy of slavery, significant public policy failures, and general societal indifference. Interwoven with this is a second story, that of Saigon himself, including his time in jail, his decision to focus on serving society through his music, and his battle with and eventual split from his original record company to preserve his artistic integrity.
This album is like a rap opera as it slowly tells these intertwined stories, in an inventive and ever-changing way, through a series of gritty anthems. The album should preferably be listened to in a quiet place, from start to finish in a single listen, because the whole of this album is much greater than the sum of its parts. It will take you on a vivid, at times wrenching, yet ultimately beautiful journey filled with history, truth, sadness, but most of all hope for the future.
It is my sincere hope that this album will be in the running for one of the top albums of 2011. By drawing attention to the profound difficulties and lack of opportunity facing many African-Americans, Saigon can contribute in some small way to improving the outlook for the next generation.