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Alex V. Cook is an author, journalist and music critic living Baton Rouge, LA. His work has appeared in The Believer, The Oxford American, DownBeat, Paste Magazine, Hails and Horns and The Wire, and his first collection of essays Darkness, Racket and Twang: Essential Listening from the Fringes of Popular and Unpopular Culture was published by Side Cartel in 2006.

He is the music editor for, editor for Sweet Tooth, and a frequent contributor to 225 Magazine, OffBeat and Country Roads.

He is a founding contributor to the Badasses of Contemporary Composition blog.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Coolest Song Ever Right Now: Robert Pete Williams - "Prisoner's Talking Blues"

Despite the unnerving fact that Dire Straits - "Walk on By" has been entering my head everytime I get in the car for the last week, I declare this number as the Coolest Song Ever Right Now.

Spectral. Moving. Haunted. Elemental. Its like this is a hard, damaged little acorn of a song that the entire Oak of Music grew from.

The whole album is as good as the cover promises, eschewing the usual musicological aridity plaguing similar collections (Arhoolie complilations are the best) and is actually filled to capacity with moving and entertaining performances, and this song is but the first on the disc, but perhaps its all you need.

Robert Pete Williams - "Prisoner's Talking Blues"


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