Pin It

CD Review: Samuel Claiborne's "Love, Lust, and Genocide" 

click to enlarge cd-samuel-claiborne.jpg

Rosendale's Samuel Claiborne came out of the '80s No Wave scene in New York, most notably as lead guitarist in the band Things Fall Apart. Although it's his solo sophomore effort, Love, Lust, and Genocide is much more on-the-sleeve lyrically and musically, the nine Morphine-esque rock tunes are littered with schizophrenic dustings of horns, strings, and spoken word. "21st Century War" features Senegalese vocal stylings by Mamadou Diate and plays like a mockumentary mashup of a Talking Heads song and "Le Show's" Harry Shearer. All writing credits (except Trent Reznor's "Hurt") go to Claiborne, who also plays guitar, percussion, flute, and viola and sings lead vocals. The lyrics are overt, the subject matter provocative, the vocal delivery deadpan. Unjust wars in the Middle East, the decline of American society, and morally bankrupt "believers" all make undisguised and storied appearances. Progressives will nod/bang their heads knowingly and approvingly at the sardonic debates. Are the media-sterilized drone bombings less fraught with ethical morass? Are we really morally superior because we condemn our soldiers for pissing on dead Taliban? A gaggle of stellar musicians make appearances on the album, including Diate, Tomas Doncker (True Groove label head), cellist Jane Scarpantoni (Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow), Finnish lap steel player Artur Uronen, flutist Steve Gorn, and even Bill Laswell, who has a stint playing bass on the final track.

Tags: ,

  • A review of the latest release from Samuel Claiborne.

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • CD Review: "The Poughkeepsie Jazz Project"

    If you want to catch some of the best jazz in the Hudson Valley, head over to the Derby bar and restaurant on Main Street in Poughkeepsie. Since 2013, the duo of pianist John Scanlon and bassist Ben Basile has held court there every Tuesday, jamming with an array of local talent each week and establishing Po-Town as a rising force in local bop.
    • Aug 1, 2015
  • Soul Clap at BSP Kingston

    Dance the night away with DJ Jonathan Toubin's groovy tunes at BSP Kingston on February 13th at 10 pm.
    • Feb 1, 2016

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Latest in Music

Related to Music

  • Opera in Phoenicia Park
  • Opera in Phoenicia Park

    With its open-air format, where attendees picnic in the parks and watch the stars emerge during performances, and its $5 youth tickets, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is the perfect place to share with children a love of music and theater, in a variety of styles.
    • Jul 25, 2016
  • More »

More by Jason Broome

Hudson Valley Tweets