After The Garden
Not just newsworthy, but genuinely great, this hastily recorded set of songs about being a U.S. citizen in 2006 is angry and beautiful and important and has a trumpet that somehow makes everything that much more gorgeous. You don't have to agree with the politics to admire the passion that powers it, and even if you don't share the passion, we promise the melodies and lyrics will stick in your skull long after you've removed the headphones. Maybe it'll be one of those trumpet lines, or the way Neil barks "Don't need no more lies" over and over, or how lyrics like, "I join the multitudes/I raise my hand in peace/I never bow to the laws of the thought police" soar when sung by a 100-voice choir. Play loudly and often.