CD The Burning Beard * (CD 1132193), Audio Other
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The Burning Beard *

  • 1. Hated, The
    2. Windows & Walls
    3. SSMF
    4. Angular Perfection
    5. Little Light
    6. Street Smarts
    7. Call to Arms, A
    8. Oh, Lord
    9. Fastness
    10. Burntown
    11. Blood Money
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3053

  • Credits
    EngineerScott Sloan

    Personnel: Jesse Johnson's Revue (guitar); Davis Lee Hooker (Wurlitzer organ).
    Additional personnel: Jesse Johnson (guitar); Victor Paul Nash (vibraphone); Davis Lee Hooker (bass guitar); Bill Holloway (drums).
    Recording information: Hotel, 5th And Burnside, Downtown PDX.
    If somebody gave beardy anti-fascist Sam Schauer a McGovern sticker and a "Free John Sinclair" T-shirt and took away his drum machine, his politically inclined folk-rock would sound every bit as at home in the pre-Watergate era as it does in the equally roiled post-9/11 world. The Burning Beard, Schauer's second album of acoustic guitars, progressive politics, and half-looped/half-improvised drums, is pretty much guaranteed to annoy anyone who voted even once for George W. Bush thanks to Schauer's non-strident but no-punches-pulled lyrics to songs like "Blood Money" and "A Call to Arms," but Modernstate isn't about sloganeering. These 11 fragile, insular songs, with Schauer's halting, seemingly Nick Drake-influenced semi-whisper of a voice, are too delicate for war rallies; they're more like what plays in the crash pad around 3 a.m. the morning after, when excitement is battling exhaustion to a draw. ~ Stewart Mason

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