Album: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Running for the Drum (Cooking Vinyl)
Friday 03 July 2009
Buffy Sainte-Marie's first album in 17 years finds her spirit as undiluted as her charm, still making persuasive, engaging arguments for Native American attitudes, and using the establishment's devices against itself – as in a version of "America the Beautiful" that features the rarely performed line, "Till selfish gain no longer stain the banner of the free."
As before, she employs samples of native chants on "Cho Cho Fire" and "No No Keshagesh" ("No No Greedyguts"), a surging anti- developer protest driven by a pow-wow groove and didge-style drone, while she casts another dubious eye over "America the Beautiful": "Talk about your beautiful for spacious skies/It's about uranium, it's about the water rights." Alongside political tracks and her denunciation of CIA spooks, "Workin' for the Government", there are personal songs eulogising hospice carers ("Easy Like the Snow Falls Down"), an Elvis tribute in early Sun Studio style ("Blue Sunday"), and an acknowledgement of the interrelatedness of events both small and large ("Little Wheel Spin and Spin"), all delivered with passion and engagement.
Download this: 'No No Keshagesh', 'Cho Cho Fire', 'Workin' for the Government', 'Little Wheel Spin and Spin', 'Blue Sunday'
Is the comedy album making a comeback?comedy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
- 2 The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 3 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
- 4 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star, dies aged 45
- 5 Businessman charged £75 for three small bottles of water in London hotel
Secret Cinema: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
Top Gear Burma episode breached Ofcom rules over Jeremy Clarkson's racial slur
Game of Thrones season 4 blooper reel unveiled at Comic-Con 2014
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 teaser trailer sees Katniss lead rebellion against the Capitol
The Simpsons Family Guy trailer: First look at crossover episode after Comic-Con debut
The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Opponents of Israel's military operation in Gaza are the real enemies of Middle Eastern peace