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Ry Cooder Talks with BBC Radio 4 About His New Album; Philadelphia Inquirer Gives Album Four Stars

  • Monday, September 26, 2011
    Ry Cooder Talks with BBC Radio 4 About His New Album; Philadelphia Inquirer Gives Album Four Stars

    Ry Cooder was recently featured on the BBC Radio 4 program Today. He spoke with reporter Nicola Stanbridge about his latest Nonesuch release, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down. Cooder explains his aim to give voice, through the songs on the new album, to the concerns of ordinary working people in face of the corruption and inequality he sees in contemporary American society. The interview was also broadcast on public radio stations across the US on The Takeaway from Public Radio International. You can listen to the segment pri.org and bbc.co.uk, where you can also read an extended transcript of the interview.

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    The Philadelphia Inquirer gives the album a perfect four stars.

    "Having completed his brilliant trilogy about a bygone Southern California with 2008's I, Flathead, Ry Cooder now turns his attention to 21st-century America," writes Inquirer reviewer Nick Cristiano. "Cooder takes deadly aim at rapacious bankers, warmongers, land barons, and the like, showing the devastating impact of their actions on ordinary folk," in the spirit of "the scrappy populism of Woody Guthrie." At the same time, Cristiano finds, "All of it is set to an incredibly rich melting pot of folk, blues, country, rock, and norteno."

    Read the complete review at philly.com.

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    The Chicago Sun-Times gives the album three-and-a-half stars out of four. "Ry Cooder has an all-encompassing vision of the world and the people who occupy it, which he puts to good use in his music," writes reviewer Mary Houlihan. "A modern-day Woody Guthrie, Cooder is not afraid to lay out the country’s troubles as he sees them. This is an album that matters by an old master who has never let down his guard." Read the review at suntimes.com.

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    Canada's North Shore News, out of British Columbia, gives the album nine stars out of ten.

    "Ry Cooder has put out many fine records over his long career and Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down ranks right up there with the best of them," exclaims reviewer John Goodman, who describes it as "a funky, soulful set of 14 original tunes that veer all over the map." Goodman cites specific tracks off the album—"El Corrido de Jesse James," "Humpty Dumpty World," and "John Lee Hooker for President"—as "Cooder at his best. Brilliant stuff."

    Read the review at nsnews.com.

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    To pick up a copy of Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, head to the Nonesuch Store, where vinyl and CD orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album at checkout, and MP3 and FLAC lossless files are also available to purchase.

on September 26, 2011 - 2:04pm
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Ry Cooder spoke with BBC Radio 4's Today about his new album, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down; the interview was broadcast in the US on PRI's The Takeaway. The Philadelphia Inquirer gives the album a perfect four stars, likening it to "the scrappy populism of Woody Guthrie ... set to an incredibly rich melting pot of folk, blues, country, rock, and norteno." The Chicago Sun-Times too calls him "a modern-day Woody Guthrie." Canada's North Shore News says: "Brilliant stuff."

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Ry Cooder was recently featured on the BBC Radio 4 program Today. He spoke with reporter Nicola Stanbridge about his latest Nonesuch release, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down. Cooder explains his aim to give voice, through the songs on the new album, to the concerns of ordinary working people in face of the corruption and inequality he sees in contemporary American society. The interview was also broadcast on public radio stations across the US on The Takeaway from Public Radio International. You can listen to the segment pri.org and bbc.co.uk, where you can also read an extended transcript of the interview.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer gives the album a perfect four stars.

"Having completed his brilliant trilogy about a bygone Southern California with 2008's I, Flathead, Ry Cooder now turns his attention to 21st-century America," writes Inquirer reviewer Nick Cristiano. "Cooder takes deadly aim at rapacious bankers, warmongers, land barons, and the like, showing the devastating impact of their actions on ordinary folk," in the spirit of "the scrappy populism of Woody Guthrie." At the same time, Cristiano finds, "All of it is set to an incredibly rich melting pot of folk, blues, country, rock, and norteno."

Read the complete review at philly.com.

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The Chicago Sun-Times gives the album three-and-a-half stars out of four. "Ry Cooder has an all-encompassing vision of the world and the people who occupy it, which he puts to good use in his music," writes reviewer Mary Houlihan. "A modern-day Woody Guthrie, Cooder is not afraid to lay out the country’s troubles as he sees them. This is an album that matters by an old master who has never let down his guard." Read the review at suntimes.com.

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Canada's North Shore News, out of British Columbia, gives the album nine stars out of ten.

"Ry Cooder has put out many fine records over his long career and Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down ranks right up there with the best of them," exclaims reviewer John Goodman, who describes it as "a funky, soulful set of 14 original tunes that veer all over the map." Goodman cites specific tracks off the album—"El Corrido de Jesse James," "Humpty Dumpty World," and "John Lee Hooker for President"—as "Cooder at his best. Brilliant stuff."

Read the review at nsnews.com.

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To pick up a copy of Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, head to the Nonesuch Store, where vinyl and CD orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album at checkout, and MP3 and FLAC lossless files are also available to purchase.

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Ry Cooder: "Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down" [cover]

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