Cody Chesnutt - Black Skin No Value
- Artist: Cody Chesnutt
- EP: Black Skin No Value
- Label: Vibration Vineyard
- Year of Release: 2010
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- Reviewed by: carlita on 2012-11-21
For those music lovers looking for great retro soul/classic rock blends who might have missed 2002's confident and self-assured "The Headphone Masterpiece", we have a solution. A short and poignantly-packed introduction to Cody ChesnuTT, 2010's Black Skin No Value will serve you well.
Coming across Cody while watching Dave Chappelle's Block Party a few years ago, since that moment, with just a few notes, he transports the listener immediately decades prior, where popular music had a political slant and influenced the consciousness of the country as a whole.
Before the 80's glamorous rock star life of sex, drugs and cash ruled the airwaves, injustice, discrimination and oppression was a daily occurrence, inspiring several timeless records, discussing issues that unfortunately still prevail modern-day. Black Skin No Value resurrects the soul peace, protest and love spirits of Marvin Gaye, Edwin Starr and Bill Withers to produce pensive, stripped hors d'oerves, leaving the listener longing for more.
Whether it's warning of overconsumption on "Do Better to the Young", recognizing self-culpability on "Everybody's Brother", potentially questioning drug selling or trillion dollar fiscal deficits on "Where Is All the Money Going", Cody sits positively "upon the perch" as our generation's quintessential sensitive soul seeker .
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