Lord Save Us All From Depravity
a review of free*
the Secret Life of Pudding
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
by Nat Budin
The self-proclaimed greatest band in the history of recorded music, Jim's Big Ego, has just released their new album, "free*". That's right, "free*". That's "free" with an asterisk, which has a couple of meanings, from what I can tell:
- It's available for pay-what-you-want-including-nothing download from their web site, but if you want a higher-bitrate version or a physical (CD or vinyl) copy, you have to pay a designated amount of money. Sort of like an NPR pledge "gift."
- The music on it is Free as in Freedom, or at least, Creative Commons-licensed, although the liner notes aren't super clear on exactly what the licensing terms are, unfortunately.
So, how's the music? To make a long story short, it's good! Some highlights (for me, on a first listen):
- Pascagoula Pawn & Gun - a country/western song from Jim's Big Ego! "Had to pawn my gun to buy the bullets, had to sell the bullets to get the gun - one day I'll get them both together, then everybody had better run!" Hilarious.
- Award Show - they've been doing this one at concerts for awhile, and it's still funny.
- International - Jim's modern take on the Communist anthem, which, dare I say it, makes socialism catchy.
- Depravity - as Jim says, depravity is all around us! A wonderfully sarcastic slap at the right.
- Utopia - a really beautiful song, the kind for which you take out the lighters at the concert. Reminds me a lot of the earlier JBE and solo Jim albums.
To sum up - you may as well try it, it's free! And this band is clearly betting that, like a junkie, you'll keep coming back for more.
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