Thom Chacon’s new album “Blood In The USA” was reviewed by Lonestar Time. Read the English version below. To read the review in the original Italian click here.
“Blood In The USA” is a record whose genesis has particular aspects: recorded practically live within a day, the album remained in the drawer for about a couple of years, giving priority to the private life of Thom Chacon and now he ‘re-emerges’ with all his expressive strength and all his literary urgency, which has become highly current especially after these years of politics in the States. The musician of Durango, Colorado back then after the splendid album of the same name a few years ago and the debut produced by hand entitled “Featherweight Fighter” which defined style and image of a deep and intelligent storyteller. “Blood In The USA” is again produced by Perry Margouleff, longtime friend of Thom Chacon, with the same raw but poetically poetic approach that ask these border stories, these stories of research for freedom and better life. Between Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt and John Prine but also with the spirit of the most intimate and intimate Springsteen, Thom Chacon shows through these new nine songs how powerful his message is and how great is his involvement in protagonists who move within a landscape often depressed and hard, fascinating in its harshness but who does not forgive those who are on the side of the losers.
“I Am An Immigrant” is inevitably the manifesto and the ideal opening of the record, clear and desperate story told through those who suffered violence and abuse on the road to a better world, while in “Union Town” emerges the work crisis after the closure of coal mines and in the title track “Blood In The USA” the cry of complaint against too many cases of violence against black people. This triptych forms a bit ‘the spine of an album always busy, always extremely vibrant in presenting compositions whose task is to show the various aspects of the human soul, positive or negative, from the heartfelt poetry of “Easy Heart” all ‘love told in “Something The Heart Can Only Know”, practically the only’ love song ‘of the record. “Empty Pockets” is another of the masterpieces of the album, another story of immigrants and of addressing the climate changes that determine the crisis of the work of the farmers, “A Bottle, Two Guitars And A Suitcase” a very valuable ‘road song’ narrated with the usual, excellent narrative style, “Work At Hand” a song that always has as protagonists the so-called ‘blue collar’ and the moving poetry inherent in the conclusive “Big As The Moon”, the heart big as the moon, like the one by Thom Chacon.