This was kind of a disappointment for me. Listening to Jello is like a lecture in that he imparts a lot of information and you usually get a lot out of his spoken word albums - even if you don’t agree with everything he’s saying. This album, the first one he’s done since September 11th, sounds very tame. It’s almost as if he’s holding back. My guess is that he’s choosing his words very carefully for this one, knowing how people feel about that whole World Trade Center thing. This cautiousness sort of takes the edge off this album. On top of it being so diplomatic, it is also very short. Most Jello Biafra spoken word albums last over an hour - most of the time it’s longer. This one lasts less than 35 minutes. You get a bunch of timely information and some critique of the government, but 35 minutes isn’t enough time to really go into any of the nuances of his political knowledge and opinion. This is more like a message to his fans than a full-on rant session. I may not agree with all of his opinions, but I’m more than willing to let Jello say his piece. After all, we’re still America and we still allow freedom of speech.
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