Kakistocracy

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Although it sounds like a frat-boy joke playing off the earthier associations of the Greek word "kakistos," or "the worst," Kakistocracy is an actual word, meaning "government by the incompetent and corrupt." Boy, what an on-the-nose title for an album released by an American band in 2006, huh? A deadly serious rebuke to the second Bush Administration and all of the incompetence and corruption associated therewith, Kakistocracy makes Steve Earle look like a milquetoast. Led by lyricist Luke Powers and multi-instrumentalist Tommy Spurlock (a longtime stalwart of the Austin music scene who's recorded with everyone from George Jones to Shania Twain), the Spicewood Seven ...
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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Although it sounds like a frat-boy joke playing off the earthier associations of the Greek word "kakistos," or "the worst," Kakistocracy is an actual word, meaning "government by the incompetent and corrupt." Boy, what an on-the-nose title for an album released by an American band in 2006, huh? A deadly serious rebuke to the second Bush Administration and all of the incompetence and corruption associated therewith, Kakistocracy makes Steve Earle look like a milquetoast. Led by lyricist Luke Powers and multi-instrumentalist Tommy Spurlock (a longtime stalwart of the Austin music scene who's recorded with everyone from George Jones to Shania Twain), the Spicewood Seven include guest shots from a variety of names both well-known (Garth Hudson of the Band adds organ) and not, including a wide variety of guest singers. The songs aren't all directly related to the Iraq War and other examples of government malfeasance; songs like "Crystal Time" (a raving first-person account of the scourge of methamphetamine on rural America) and "Chinese Murder Mystery" are less accusatory, but amplify and deepen the anger and sorrow at the album's heart. Kakistocracy is by no means an easy listen, and just the sight of it will make the average Fox News viewer's head explode, but for all of those who have been complaining that there's no protest music coming in response to this war like there was to Vietnam...well, here it is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • Label: Austin Records
  • UPC: 684857040626
  • Catalog Number: 70406
  • Sales rank: 253,740

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mercury's in Retrograde (3:38)
  2. 2 Iraqi Soldier Blues (3:54)
  3. 3 Crawford, Texas (2:49)
  4. 4 Poor Boy (3:01)
  5. 5 Easy Answers (3:18)
  6. 6 Going Down the Road to Bagdad (3:18)
  7. 7 21 Guns (3:16)
  8. 8 Mr. President (3:48)
  9. 9 Crystal Time (3:00)
  10. 10 Garth's Dox (0:42)
  11. 11 Dying Planet (3:10)
  12. 12 Chinese Murder Mystery (3:02)
  13. 13 400 Years (2:53)
  14. 14 Trumpets Goin' Round (3:38)
  15. 15 Halfmast (3:24)
  16. 16 America, What's Happened to You? (4:28)
  17. 17 Prayer for the Living and the Dead (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spicewood Seven Primary Artist
Rosie Flores Vocals, Track Performer
Leon Rausch Vocals, Track Performer, Musician
Jane Bond Vocals, Track Performer
Garth Hudson Track Performer, Pipe organ
Bill Johnson Choir, Chorus
Jim Karstein Percussion, Drums, Track Performer
Jamie Oldaker Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Tommy Spurlock Banjo, Bass, Dobro, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Surdo, Lap Steel Guitar, Group Member
Randy Mason Guitar, Soloist
Herschel Cunningham Choir, Chorus
Elana Fremerman Fiddle, Vocals, Track Performer
Mary Bruton Choir, Chorus
Ross Westerbur Keyboards
Brennen Leigh Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
David Hearne Vocals, Track Performer
Ray Strucker Trumpet
Luke Powers Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Bill Johnson Engineer, Mastering
Tommy Spurlock Composer, Producer, Engineer
David Hearne Composer, Engineer
Luke Powers Composer, Engineer
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