Independence Meal

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All Music Guide - Charles Spano
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Charles Spano
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: 4/15/2003
  • Label: FEED THE FIRE
  • UPC: 677516530422
  • Catalog Number: 2

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pirates (5:42)
  2. 2 Unsteady Things (4:59)
  3. 3 Independence Meal (7:46)
  4. 4 Beautiful Bones (2:40)
  5. 5 Dorothea Tanning (3:55)
  6. 6 8x10 (5:43)
  7. 7 Subway Lips (2:55)
  8. 8 Wholly Human (4:29)
  9. 9 Bedtime Poem (2:23)
  10. 10 Kindness and Rage (4:56)
  11. 11 Womyn Before (4:30)
  12. 12 Blessed With a Family (4:16)
  13. 13 [Untitled] (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alix Olson Primary Artist, Choir, Chorus
Ubaka Hill Drums, Choir, Chorus
Ember Swift Choir, Chorus
Pamela Means Guitar, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Lyndell Montgomery Bass, Violin, Choir, Chorus
Chris Pureka Guitar
Technical Credits
Karen Kane Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Ubaka Hill Arranger, Composer
Pamela Means Arranger, Composer
Jodi Hersh Graphic Design
Alix Olson Arranger, Composer, Producer, Graphic Design
Lyndell Montgomery Arranger, Composer
Chris Pureka Arranger, Composer
Michael Fossenkemper Mastering
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