This album was supposed to come out back in September, but in the 11th hour it was decided to hold it until October (Todd’s birthday month). So, it’s October and the album has finally been unleashed. Normally I am no fan of protest albums since they generally come off as preachy and trite, and as a whole Peace Queer is no different. The album unfolds in 8 chapters with the first being a premature declaration of victory (not unlike the war itself). The remaining seven tracks try to tell a story and I’ll let Todd give you the intended plot:
“In six sentences, the record goes like this: Here’s the kid being told every thing’s going to be great. Here’s the reality of that. Here’s that kid when he comes home a sad and banged-up and angry ‘winner.’ Here’s the breakdown of why I think that’s happening. Here’s the guy in our culture that I think is causing that to happen, and it’s not a president. And then here’s what I think is going to happen to that guy. And then we roll credits.”
I wouldn’t tell anyone that they should run out and buy Peace Queer tomorrow, but from now until the end of October I would tell you to run over to Todd’s web site and download it for free. Go get it for his cover of CCR’s “Fortunate Son” alone. It’s fabulous.