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Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement - Various

2008-12-31 12:51
Yes We Can
But enough about what divides us. This is an album all about coming together to fight for a more just America, right? Well, sure, if the whole thing weren't just one long gooey advert for what'll amount to nothing more than a sexually attractive Bush.

And Obama may write poetry, but his political speeches are still just words, and he's still just a man - a man business superpowers are holding firmly by the short and curlies. And anyone who thinks anything different is, at best, naive. You may love America. You may feel that as an African you have some connection with someone who calls himself African American… but don't go taking that literally, either. It's not like Obama's going to let you into his country. That would be going a bit too far with this whole "African American" business.

Alright, enough politics? If your musical icons are on this album, supporting him, shouldn't you give Obama a chance? Well I'd love to, but I just can't. Because laid over the okayish tracks by Lionel Richie, John Mayer, Dave Stewart, and Jill Scott are annoying excerpts of Barack Obama and Martin Luther king, and adoring clapping and cheering crowds. And the rest is more patriotic syrup… the stickiest issue being Keb' Mo's "America the Beautiful". It's enough to make you want to murder golden retriever puppies with a plastic fork.

Perhaps this stuff sounded good to Americans while Obama-fever had the globe in its grip… but now? It's embarrassing. Like running into the first guy you slept with, or going to school without underpants on.

Grassroots movement? Damn, and here in Africa we've done gone and been smoking dem flowers all this time.

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