Didi Stewart | No Love Songs: Laments for a Broken Society

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No Love Songs: Laments for a Broken Society

by Didi Stewart

A ten-song tragicomedy taking on American foibles, politics, and prejudices.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Everybody Talks
2:58 album only
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2. Phones on a Train
3:44 album only
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3. Lie
2:40 album only
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4. Concrete Bunker Home
2:40 album only
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5. Homeless in Paradise
4:18 album only
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6. Songs About Love
3:27 album only
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7. White
4:05 album only
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8. A Star to Steer By
4:10 album only
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9. The Stars and Stripes Asunder
2:51 album only
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10. Evacuate the Planet
5:07 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Artistic transformations come at the darndest times.

Mine arrived November 9, 2016. The morning after Election Eve. Gobsmacked and sucker-punched, I figured I could either fall into a four year depression or do something constructive to deal with the oncoming Age of Trump.

So I started writing. Furiously. Ten songs completed in two months, going in a very different, less "pop" musical direction than previous efforts. The sound is more stripped down, with a basic piano/bass/drums approach augmented by tasteful guitar, accordion, and backing vocals.

No Love Songs captures the unthinkable moment when the USA began its long, dark slide into kakistocracy. Don't be put off by the "political" description--the album isn't polemical or "protesty" (not that there's anything wrong with that.) The songs are lyrical and impressionistic, touching on the karmic wages of anti-immigration cruelty ("Homeless in Paradise") the absurdity of white supremacism ("White") and the epic selfishness of Silicon Valley survivalists ("Concrete Bunker Home.") There's also a bluesy tune about post-election iPhone zombies, a short-story-in-song about corporate fatcats rocketing into space to escape environmental disaster, and an autocratic take on "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

Plus one sweet little pop-style anti-love song, just to lighten things up.

Packed with melody and humor, "No Love Songs" is anything but a Debbie Downer. And the album has a timeless quality that will keep it from feeling dated once (if) you-know-who leaves office.

I really like this one. I hope you will, too.

Produced and engineered by Chris Rival

Featuring the considerable talents of:

Joe Mulholland (piano)
Alizon Lissance (piano, Hammond organ)
Bruno Raberg (acoustic bass)
Dave Mattacks (drums and percussion)
Kevin Barry (guitar)
Sonny Barbato (accordion)
Cassandre McKinley (backing vocals)

Front cover photograph by Susan Wilson
Art and graphics by Judy Dombrowski






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