Justin Sane

Life, Love and the Pursuit of Justice

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Life, Love and the Pursuit of Justice Review

by Brian O'Neill

The first solo project for Justin Sane is on the same continuum as the highly politically and socially charged material that the Anti-Flag and A-F Records leader became known for in those roles. At least half of the disc is either acoustic or just Sane singing along with a very clean electric guitar that he played himself, making Life, Love and the Pursuit of Justice seem just like a folk undertaking, taking activist lyrics back to their roots. The bleeding-heart liberal mindset can grow tiring after a while, especially if you either disagree with the politics or, more charitably, find fault with the cloying naïveté he expresses in the utopian society he seems to expect. But if he's preaching to the converted (and this probably won't hit more than the core Anti-Flag fan base), he does a credible job in transferring their rage to songs that don't seethe for a change of pace. Bob Dylan won't be losing any sleep, however.

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