Jeffrey Alan Rocklin's N?Dangered Species: On the Road to Camp Freedom
The amiable, and generous Jeff Rocklin, a long-time player in the poetry scene, handed me this disk on his birthday with no idea as to my capability to review it. That’s just how he is. Jeff shares with us the constant reminder to question one’s current state of freedom or bondage.
His is a stony/hippy take on a tied down America from a tye-dyed poet. He’s got a cool voice and delivery. Imagine the voice of Terence McKenna backed by LA blues/jazz musicians or maybe a liberal ""Bob Roberts." They all sound like they want to be playing together. There’s some solid playing on here.
I especially like "Executive Blooz," with its excellent blues riffing and its reminder of the exact implications of being a cog in the machine, and "Down On My Last Nickel," a slightly trippy, saxophone drenched, and beat message about the high costs of war on the individual. There’s also the spunky pickin’ and roadhouse feel of "The Wild Breed." However, "Perpetrate the Myth," really captures the essence of this disk through both the subject matter (don’t play their pawn…), and the new wave, by way of Blondie’s backing band, feel. Fun. I’ve always felt the music of political poetry often falls back into the hands of the choir, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying this disk. I think I’ll leave this on my iPod a while and see how well it stands over time.
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N'Dangered Species: On the Road to Camp Freedom, copyright 2008 Jeffrey Alan Rocklin