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Erin McKeown (TVP Records)

Folk singer Erin McKeown has a gift for infusing her work with a lively irreverence that reflects the mind of a unique talent. Manifestra marks her most overtly political record to date. Album opener "The Politician" speaks to the malleable morality of those in power. And the final track, "Bagdad to the Bayou"--penned in collaboration with Rachel Maddow--is a groovy, '70s-influenced ditty that addresses injustices varying from the Gulf oil spill to indefinite detention in Guantanamo Bay. Another album highlight, "That's Just What Happened," is a slinky, bluesy number that morphs into an upbeat ragtime tune. Needless to say, McKeown fears no genre and with good reason: she's a musical jack-of-all-trades and master of nearly all.

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Title Annotation:HOT LICKS
Author:Shatto, Rachel
Article Type:Sound recording review
Date:Apr 1, 2013
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