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Election Special

Ry Cooder

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Ry Cooder is such a masterful guitarist and bluesman that even when he writes topical songs that are sure to lose some impact as years pass and topics change, they come across as art first and politics second. In other words, the rustic and acoustic "Mutt Romney Blues" is still a fantastic performance regardless of how you feel about Mitt Romney's dog riding on the roof of a car. "The Wall Street Part of Town" throws together a tough electric blues band to rock down the canyons of downtown Manhattan. "Guantanamo" adds positively lusty electric guitar lines to a guttural and rocking sing-along of evil proportions. "Cold Cold Feeling" shows The Black Keys how it's done when it comes to dirty garage blues, with the slapback echo on Cooder's voice adding a ghostly spiritualism. "Going to Tampa" throws together a country string-band ensemble for a lacerating take on Cooder's vision of the 2012 Republican National Convention. (He didn't anticipate Clint Eastwood arguing with an empty chair.) Best of all is the dark night of the soul evoked in the voodoo-swamp blues of "Kool-Aid." For protest music, this stuff rocks.

Customer Reviews

5 stars for the music

It seems every review on this music is based on the political leanings of the reviewer. I have never seen more 5 and 1 star reviews. No middle ground. I am a music loving conservative and big Ry Cooder fan. This is some of his strongest music in years (a great accomplishment given his recent releases). If I had to agree with the politics of everything I listened to, I would probably have to throw away half of my music collection.

Good to Hear!

For those of you lamenting about his politics-the only question I would ask is what have you been listening to for all these years? Ry's first album, with songs like Do Re Mi & How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live should've been a pretty clear indication of where he was headed on the political spectrum. If you don't know the man's story, don't show the world how ignorant you are about it please? Like others, I welcome the sounds on this latest offering. Ry's slide sounds as strong as ever & the acoustic songs could've come off any one of his old Warner Brothers albums. Nice to hear

A real Patriot...great music great musician

Ry Cooder never let's you down. Great music from one of the best string players there are. He's last two albums have hit the nail on the head politically. He and Steve Earle have been condemning of the politicians while not of the American people. Buy this album...great.


Born: March 15, 1947 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Whether serving as a session musician, solo artist, or soundtrack composer, Ry Cooder's chameleon-like fretted instrument virtuosity, songwriting, and choices of material encompass an incredibly eclectic range of North American musical styles, including rock & roll, blues, reggae, Tex-Mex, Hawaiian, Dixieland jazz, country, folk, R&B, gospel, and vaudeville. The 16-year-old Cooder began his career in 1963 in a blues band with Jackie DeShannon and then formed the short-lived Rising Sons in...
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