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by Rob Roper

On these spoken word pieces, Rob Roper shows off a different side of his musical personality, with social and political commentary over an interesting musical hybrid of rock, folk and hip hop.
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wave the Flag and Give 'Em God
8:19 $1.35
2. Accept, Embrace, Surrender
6:22 $1.35
3. Indigenous
8:03 $1.35
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Rob Roper shows off a different side of his musical personality here, going in character for political and social commentary using the spoken word format over a musical backdrop. The music is an interesting hybrid of rock, folk and hip hop. Roper's fans are in for a surprise here, since his previous albums have been primarily acoustic guitar-based folk or folk-rock. But on these songs, you will hear a lot of distorted rock guitar, mixed with acoustic guitar and synth. And Roper plays more lead guitar on these songs than all his previous releases combined.

"Wave the Flag and Give 'em God" is spoken from the point of view of a cynical election campaign manager, instructing his not-so-smart candidate on how to get elected. Sinister-sounding electric guitars thrashing over a hip hop beat provide the musical backdrop. Obama, Bush and Clinton's speeches are all sampled to add humor and drive the point home.

"Accept, Embrace, Surrender" was co-written with Nancy Farmer. It is based on the story that singer-songwriter and transgender man "Coyote Joe" Stevens told to Nancy. Musically, the song goes between rock and hip hop, with Roper rapping the verses, and Farmer singing the choruses and backing up the rapping.

"Indigenous" is spoken from the point of view of an indigenous person. The surprise ending drives home the commonality of the suffering caused by European colonialism on indigenous people all over the globe. The programmed beat is unusual, with acoustic guitar and synth-dulcimer tracking licks, until the big distorted electric guitar comes in. The song fades out with an emotional Santana-like guitar solo.

Roper recorded these songs at home over the past 9 years. He played all the instruments and programmed the drum machines. In 2015, he took the tracks to Brian Hunter at Sawtelle Studio at Swallow Hill in Denver (the engineer for his EPs Me and The Other Side of Nowhere), and they edited and remixed the songs, improving the drum programming, re-recorded some tracks, and added samples and effects.

The political lyrics will surely be controversial, and the music may not work for those fans looking for another acoustic album. But Rob Roper will surely gain new fans with this innovative release.



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