Review : Various Artists - Soundtrack For a Revolution
Hip Hop DXIn the Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman-directed documentary, Soundtrack For A Revolution, freedom fighters recount the role music played in the Civil Rights Movement. On the soundtrack of the same name, soul musicís biggest artists breathe new life into timeless tracks of change.
Science says that music releases feel-good endorphins, or oxytocin. For a generation who fought for freedom, the message in the music not only lifted spirits, but reminded freedom fighters of an all-too important end goal. Soundtrack For A Revolution reminds us, as President Barack Obama often says, that we ďstand on the shouldersĒ of the brave men and women who fought for our freedom. For their fight, the nation remains eternally grateful....full text
All musicAngie Stone's "Wade in the Water" carries an assured swing like that of the Staple Singers' studio version, but it's stripped down in comparison, supported only by drums, keyboards, and bass (no background vocalists). The Roots' take on "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" is especially potent, with Black Thought delivering a stellar (sung!) lead vocal, joined by handclaps and background vocals from TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone. This makes for a nice companion to the Light in the Attic label's Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967-1974, also released in February 2012, as well as John Legend and the Roots' Wake Up!, a 2010 set of covers....full text
Soul TracksSoundtrack for a Revolution can be viewed as a work of art, a piece of history and an educational document. Listeners can enjoy the album as art even if they donít know a lot about the movement for which these songs provided the soundtrack.* However, knowing something about that history allows the listener to make these songs three-dimensional. Soundtrack for a Revolution serves both as an album that stands on its own as a fine album and also and as a piece that can create a larger conversation and a thirst for more knowledge about a pivotal time in our country's history. For those reasons and more, it is Recommended.
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