Coretta Scott

Scream & Shout

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When a band calls itself Coretta Scott, students of politics cannot help but notice the name. Coretta Scott King was, after all, the wife of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- undeniably one of the most important and consequential civil rights leaders of the 20th century (along with Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Medgar Evers, and Mahatma Gandhi). One naturally assumes that a band named Coretta Scott has some type of political focus -- perhaps a reggae band, perhaps some members of the Black Rock Coalition (BRC), perhaps something along the lines of U2 and Bono. But Scream and Shout, surprisingly, isn't a political album, and Coretta Scott is far from a reggae band. Actually, this alternative pop/rock effort is on the emo side of punk-pop; the lyrics are about emotions and the ups and downs of romantic relationships, not politics -- and the valid comparisons include Jimmy Eat World and Good Charlotte, not Black Uhuru, Rita Marley, or Gil Scott-Heron. Melodic yet hard-driving, Scream and Shout is quite typical of the alternative/emo discs that combine introspective lyrics with extroverted melodies -- a combination that would have been considered unlikely back in the arena rock climate of the '70s and '80s but has been quite common in the post-Nevermind '90s and in the 21st century. Scream and Shout falls short of remarkable and isn't in a class with Good Charlotte's best work, but it isn't a bad or weak album either -- slightly uneven, but not weak or bad. Overall, this disc indicates that the not-so-political Coretta Scott is worth keeping an eye on.

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