Sex Religion Politics

Rebel Red

redZrecordZ, 2008

REVIEW BY: David Bowling


It’s good to know that you do not have to be under a certain age to produce creative and relevant rock and roll.

Rebel Red, which basically consists of singer-songwriter/producer Red, plays basic in your face rock music. Her songs are well-conceived and crafted, plus the lyrics have bite. Red has something to say and uses her music to share her ideas and concepts about such topics as sex, religion, and politics -- hence the title of the album.

Red grew up in England and learned her musical chops by performing at military bases in my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 Europe. Today, she lives in New York, and after raising two boys, has returned to making music. I say welcome back.

“Dusty Shack” is one of the better independently released tracks that I have heard this year, and Red is a more than competent vocalist. She has a Joan Jett feel, but with better intonation and more range and adaptability. The song is brilliant in its meshing of guitar and voice -- and it just rocks.

“Body Count” is a political anti-establishment and anti-war song. This track features an ominous drone with Red singing over the top. Whether or not you agree with her politics, this is an excellent example of how the rock idiom can be used for more than just sound. Every once in awhile, it is nice to hear music that says and means something.

If there is such a thing as honky tonk rock it is found here in “Let’s Go Home.” A barrelhouse piano pushes the song along and Red’s vocal gives it almost a 1920’s feel. This is a unique counterpoint to many of the other songs.

There are a number of other gems to be mined on this album, such as the unapologetic “American Girl,” which contains such telling lines as “I love my country, but that doesn’t mean I have to think like you” and “I ain’t the only one singing we shall overcome.” Elsewhere, “C’mon Suzy” is a rollicking romp complete with slide guitar and sax in support, and “What’s On The Other Side” is a funny, tongue-in-cheek look at the afterlife and old white haired men.

Red has a lot more going for her than many independent artists. She can write her own material which is accessible and meaningful, plus she has the skills to direct the backing musicians to bring her ideas to fruition, both of which make Sex Religion Politics ultimately a listenable and satisfying album.

Rating: B+

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