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|Richie Havens||Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals|
|Keith Christopher||Bass Guitar|
|Richie Havens||Composer, Producer|
|Andy Fairweather Low||Composer|
Posted October 1, 2010
Richie Havens has traveled full circle. His first record (Mixed Bag), released on Verve Records in 1967, showcased the Brooklyn-born musician/poet/painter musically eclectic sensibilities. It makes sense then that his latest effort, an album that featured his interpretations of Bob Dylan, Jesse Fuller, Gordon Lightfoot, as well as his own compositions, would be released by Verve Forecast, a label designed as a vanguard of current singer-songwriters. Havens’ outlook on the world at large has remained intact. A close listen to his lyrics reveals that he is a critical optimist. He hopes for change yet is very aware of the “ men in the shadows” whose alleged protection of liberty is a smoke screen for more insidious dealings. But Nobody Left to Crown gives a hint of hope in its otherwise bleak snapshot of politics. In the absence of a leader, Havens suggests, the people need to lead themselves. To paraphrase a theory he’ s often expressed we are the government, the people in the nation’ s capital are our representatives. It is up to the people to fight for change. Nobody Left to Crown completes the trilogy of Havens’ output for this decade. Wishing Well (2002) and Grace of the Sun (2004), released on his own Stormy Forest imprint, indicated that some of Havens’ best material has arrived in the latter part of his career. With a return to the label that started his recording career, Nobody Left to Crown is the most consistently good of the three albums. Like the most prolific songwriters and storytellers, Richie Havens is a man who still has so many more things to say, in both his own words and through the work of others who touch his fiery, poetic soul.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 21, 2009
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