The Fire This Time

Dancing on John Wayne's Head

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This is probably one of the most unusual and creative dub records you're ever likely to hear. Imagine typical bottom-heavy, bass-filled Jamaican dub reggae -- complete with horns, percussion, the whole nine yards -- mixed with traditional Native American vocal music (don't ask how it works, just believe that somehow it does). Now add spoken word samples from Native American, black, Russian, women's lib, and other sociopolitical leaders discussing the effects of colonial imperialism and totalitarian governments on the common man (and, of course, woman), and what you get is this radically inventive album. Even if at times the strength of the political agenda threatens to overshadow the power of the music, give credit to The Fire This Time's Pat Andrade and Marcela A. Toro for crafting a thought-provoking concept piece that matches cool grooves with a progressively conscious message.

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