Essentially, this record will fall into niche laps, but the widespread importance of the message will be enhanced by every little intake of oxygen it is given to fly further. Eyebrows will be raised with the lexicon choice for ‘Bombing for Peace’ and ‘Bastards & Bitches’, but the impact does not stop with the vocabulary, think more pace, structure and imagery like ‘chainsaw to a melody’. In fact, word construction is a major redeeming feature of this body of work, which kicks off with a lyric-laden attack on the media in ‘Talking Talking Head Blues’ and later wanders into poetic territory with the highly ‘philosophical’ ‘Nietzsche Wore Boots’. Hitting the search button on your devices is a useful addendum to listening to this album.
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On a record that is short, sharp and straight to the point, the two remaining tracks roll out as the metaphorical number ‘Big Old River’ and the thoughtful narration of ‘The Ballad of Timmy Johnson’s Living Brother’. Songs that demand being listened to and achieve their purpose when the reasons for their existence are being contemplated.
Do not imagine this record is a tough listen. As you would expect, acoustic guitar (complete with the implied sticker – ‘this machine kills fascists’) generally but not solely rules the instrumentation. Accessible melodies occasionally give it an ironic easy listening feel, while hooks are aplenty. Eventually, the smart lyrical content wins the day though. We are left with the notion ‘for the world’s failing systems lie broke and dying’ and on that note the real reason for the existence of Keegan McInroe’s A GOOD OLD FASHIONED PROTEST has been nailed.
1. Talking Talking Head Blues (4:00)
2. Big Old River (2:52)
3. Bombing For Peace* ** * (2:07)
4. Christmas 1914 (3:39)
5. Bastards & Bitches* ** * (1:00)
6. The Ballad of Timmy Johnson’s Living Brother (3:25)
7. Nietzsche Wore Boots (3:00)
8. The Love That We Give (4:51)
9. Keegan’s Beautiful Dream (2:53