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When I'm President
     

When I'm President

by Ian Hunter & the Rant Band
 
Don't read too much into the release of When I'm President just weeks prior to the 2012 U.S. Presidential election. This is by no means a protest record. Ian Hunter isn't nearly as angry as he was back in 2007, when he released the savagely funny Shrunken Heads, nor is he as reflective as he was on 2009's

Overview

Don't read too much into the release of When I'm President just weeks prior to the 2012 U.S. Presidential election. This is by no means a protest record. Ian Hunter isn't nearly as angry as he was back in 2007, when he released the savagely funny Shrunken Heads, nor is he as reflective as he was on 2009's Man Overboard. Perhaps inspired by the brief but glorious reunion of Mott the Hoople, Hunter indulges in good old-fashioned noise, grinding out three-chord boogies and occasionally slipping into a sweet reverie, the slower tunes letting the faster ones kick a bit harder. Backed once again by the Rant Band, the music is loose and earthy, easily swinging into a snippet of gospel at the end of "Wild Bunch" or quoting Jerry Lee Lewis on "What For," and it's a pure pleasure to hear them play whether they're luxuriating in a ballad or updating Chuck Berry, but once again, the key to When I'm President is Hunter's sharp, incisive songwriting. He may not go broad, but he does go deep, finding new twists within his sonic signatures and writing lyrics that cut to the quick. As always in Hunter's third act, there's an acknowledgment of his advancing age but he never dwells on it, never spends time making When I'm President into a last testament. It's a snapshot of where he is, and he's in a wickedly joyous mood.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2012
Label:
Slimstyle Records
UPC:
0705438005428
catalogNumber:
80054
Rank:
38613

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ian Hunter & the Rant Band   Primary Artist
Ian Hunter   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Group Member
Mark Bosch   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Group Member
Andy Burton   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Clavinet,Bells,Vibes,farfisa organ,Wurlitzer,Group Member,Hammond B3
Steve Holley   Drums,Tambourine,Shaker,Group Member
Christine Ohlman   Vocals,Background Vocals,screams,Girl's Choir
Paul Page   Bass,Group Member
Mark Rivera   Flute,Saxophone
Andy York   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Mellotron,Dulcitone,Guitar (Baritone)
Rick Tedesco   Electric Guitar,Soloist
James Mastro   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (Baritone),Group Member
Rant Band   Vocals
Jesse Hunter Patterson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ian Hunter   Composer,Producer
Andy Burton   String Samples,Additional Music
Peter Moshay   Engineer
Andy York   Producer
Max Maxwell   Cover Drawing
James Mastro   Composer
James Keith Brown   Graphic Design
Jesse Hunter Patterson   Composer

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