Marc Ribot

Songs of Resistance - 1942 - 2018

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Finding a theme to hang a compilation album on is key to the whole endeavor. Veteran musician Marc Ribot makes no mistakes on Songs of Resistance - 1942-2018, combining and updating classic protest songs for the Trump era.

Connecting past to present, Ribot brings together music tied to the idea of resisting oppression. His team of collaborators, including Tom Waits, Fay Victor, and Steve Earle revamp old and new efforts alike.

Ribot's reach is broad, finding space to accommodate civil rights songs next to Italian anti-fascist rallying cries from WWII. Switching styles so often can jar, making it an uneven experience, but at its worst the songs are merely interesting.

At its best, Songs of Resistance is much more. The Spanish language "Rata de dos Patas," title translating as two-legged rat, combines the venomous lyrics of the original with clips of Trump's anti-immigrant Mexican rhetoric. Later, "The Big Fool," complete with thrilling guitar, updates Pete Seeger's anti-Vietnam "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" into an environmental lament.

What Ribot has put together is an impressive weaving of problems past and disasters current to demonstrate as bad as it gets, people are willing to stand up and fight the good fight. (www.marcribot.com)

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happy wheels
September 10th 2018
11:18pm

Switching styles so often can jar, making it an uneven experience, but at its worst the songs are merely interesting.