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Winnipeg Free Press

°Let Freedom Ring! (Yep Roc Records)


°Let Freedom Ring! (Yep Roc Records)

Chuck Prophet has been banging out a living in the music industry since he was a teenager, when he toured the world with cult roots act Green on Red. He's released eight previous solo albums, all filled with songs that should have seen him mentioned in the same breath as Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen.

On his ninth album, the crack guitarist (and former crack junkie) might just accomplish that. °Let Freedom Ring! is a study of the failed American dream, an indictment of misplaced patriotism and a fantastic rock `n' roll record. It's raw in spirit but refined in presentation: it combines the feeling of being thrashed out in a garage with attention to detail—touches of fiddle, shoop-shoop backup vocals, harmonica and piano—that belies its tossed-off attitude.

The ironically anthemic title track looks at a time where "the hawk cripples the dove," while Barely Exist is a moving, eloquent to Mexican immigrant workers, and the scorching guitar on the dirty boogie Where the Hell Is Henry? is balanced with the measured, Stonesy strut of the sultry come-on Hot Talk. Bombastic and tender, this might be Prophet's best work yet. `Ö'Ö'Ö'Ö1/2

—Jill Wilson

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by Staff writer on December 5, 2009 COMMENTS • Filed under CD Reviews (¡Let Freedom Ring!)