If anyone’s looking for a change in their musical tastes, try some acoustic folk-punk, a la Shawna Virago. Her latest studio album, ‘Heaven Sent Delinquent‘ is chalk full of struggle, hilarity, and a call to solidarity that surpasses so much of the political bullshit in “liberal” media these days.
For those who like a story or two in their lyrics, this album is made for you. In fact, the album essentially forces one to pay attention to the lyrics. The buzzing, punky acoustic doesn’t really ask much of the listener at all, and all of the backing instruments do nothing but accentuate Virago’s gritty vocals. There’s something of true backwater, American folk in this acoustic punk music.
Sure, the mix and master is not polished, and nor is much of the playing…but dare I say: that’s part of the point. The rough edges of this album, in this journalist’s humble opinion, are what make it so relatable. It’s heartfelt, hard-hitting; sometimes desperate. There’s an urgency to even the most somber of tracks on this album that really conveys a sense of oppression, and desire for equality. Even under the ridiculousness of some of the lyrical scenarios.
Ultimately, this album is a musical form of both escapism, and confrontation. The stories of each track may share a theme of being on the run, or reaching for some sort of Heaven, but in this musical expression, there is a defiance of the social retardation that exists in many places in the world.