In Review :: YES! Music Picks - Jackson Browne, Asa, Mary Gauthier
Musical inspiration while putting out the Spring 2009 issue
Time the Conqueror
Old soul Jackson Browne bears down on the world today. His new album asks us to learn from the past (“Giving That Heaven Away”), pay attention to our present (the provocative “Drums of War” and “Where Were You,” a 10-minute reminder of the dark days of Hurricane Katrina), and live for a better future (“Far from the Arms of Hunger”).
Nigerian guitarist Asa grew up listening to Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, and Bob Marley, and now brings her own smoky voice to songs on injustice (“Jailer”), the uncertainties of life (“No One Knows”), the state of society (“Fire on the Mountain”). Mainly in English, with some Yoruba.
Mary Gauthier’s lyrics cut like those of poet/songwriter Leonard Cohen. In the title track, she pleads for mercy for her father and brother, but also for church, country, and “every living thing.” A soundtrack for the ’00s.
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