New Songs Of Freedom (Ep)


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Review Text Venerable Texas songwriter Chip Taylor, who penned such enduring classics as the primal garage punk prototype "Wild Thing" and the sublime and sensual "Angel of the Morning," has had a renaissance of sorts in the past couple of years, emerging as a sort of wise country philosopher whose hushed, unhurried vocal style gives his frequently politically poignant songs a kind of back porch élan. New Songs of Freedom isn't a new album exactly, but more like a sampler, including tracks from various upcoming projects Taylor is currently working on along with a handful of tracks from his now out of print Black and Blue America album from 2001. It all adheres pretty well, though, and works as a coherent sequence in spite of its varied sources. The opener, "Dance with a Hole in Your Shoe," has the feel of a '50s beat poem, albeit recited by a wizened country cowboy after a long day riding fences, and it probably shouldn't work, but it does. Another striking track here is "Former American Soldier," which recounts the forgotten story of the Lao soldiers of Vientiane who fought alongside the U.S. in Laos during the Vietnam War and then were unceremoniously abandoned. It's a powerful, chilling song and underscores Taylor's belief that songs should be more than casual entertainment. All in all, this "mini-album" has its own internal logic, and while it might be a placeholder for projects Taylor has in the pipeline, it still manages to speak with a voice of its own. ~ Steve Leggett

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Dance With a Hole In Your Shoe - 4:58
  2. 2. Intro To Former American Soldier (Chruch of the Train Wreck Podcast) - 2:22
  3. 3. Former American Soldier - 4:46
  4. 4. New Song of Freedom - 4:52
  5. 5. Sunshine's a Waterfall - 4:19
  6. 6. Intro To Black and Blue America - 1:05
  7. 7. Black and Blue America - 6:54
  8. 8. Intro To Dance With Jesus - 0:20
  9. 9. Dance With Jesus - 4:56
  10. 10. Intro To Theme From an American Hero - 0:18
  11. 11. Theme From an American Hero - 4:52
  12. 12. Making of Dance With a Hole In Your Shoe - 25:47

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