Independence Meal (Alix Olson)

Independence Meal (Alix Olson)

     
 

It's difficult to come to a single conclusion on Independence Meal. It's clever and humorous, though not really a comedy album. Alix Olson's message is powerful -- anti-George Bush, anti-big business, pro-environment, and desperate to lend a voice to the marginalized, she speaks for the true democratic spirit of America like Howard Zinn (who makes a guestSee more details below

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It's difficult to come to a single conclusion on Independence Meal. It's clever and humorous, though not really a comedy album. Alix Olson's message is powerful -- anti-George Bush, anti-big business, pro-environment, and desperate to lend a voice to the marginalized, she speaks for the true democratic spirit of America like Howard Zinn (who makes a guest appearance) with an art folk band instead of a typewriter. Still, it's not a Zinn or Chomsky type of political record. Olson is incisive, though: "You've gotta steal back the truth even from NPR, these days" ("Pirates") is a line that rings so true in an age where even the would-be leftist radio station seems ineffectually moderate. Unfortunately, Olson's breathy spoken word rants over spare guitar picking come off prickly and somewhat annoying. And it's not the words -- Olson's message is amazing -- but the delivery, which would fit quite well at a Boho open mike night but isn't exactly the stuff of rousing rock releases. Perhaps it's unfair to view Independence Meal as a rock or folk album, or even a political comedy record. The music seems amelodic, shambly, and a little dull. But taken as a poetry record, from the broken protests of the title track to the hot sexual politics of "Subway Lips," Alix Olson has a commanding presence that forces the listener to either pay attention or press stop.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2003
Label:
FEED THE FIRE
UPC:
0677516530422
catalogNumber:
2
Rank:
248954

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