The American Negro

Adrian Younge - The American Negro
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2021 Ratings: #165 / 175
User Score
Based on 15 ratings
Liked by 2 people
February 26, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jazz Is Dead / Label
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100th review of the year!

Jazz in the classic, old-school black form, but with a ton of orchestral, African, and even synthy flavours, not very intrepid, but classy and colourful, with great instrumental versatility and good vocal performance. Combined with the ongoing narrative that touches themes of racial conflict in America, critiquing the past and present reality, "The American Negro" is a bold artistic statement and a thought-provoking ... read more
Revisionist History --
The American Negro 7.4/10
The Black Broadcast --
Revolutionize 5.8/10
Double Consciousness --
Watch the Children 6.5/10
Dying on the Run 6.2/10
Intransigence of the Blind --
James Mincey Jr. 7/10
Disadvantaged Without a Title --
Mama (You Will Make It) 7/10
The Black Queen --
Margaret Garner 7/10
Race Is a Fallacy --
Light on the Horizon 7/10
A Symphony for Sahara 7.2/10
America Is Listening --
The March on America 7.2/10
Paradox of the Positive --
The Death March ... read more
The first Something About April album was his only completely solo release I really liked. Didn't even go in expecting much, but was still disappointed by this. It all sounds the same, drags on and has its vibe interrupted by too many interjections of half-baked ideas as interludes.
Adrian Younge is a renaissance man. An academic, lawyer, author, poet, playwrite, actor, rapper, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, he embodies the ideal balance of both the studied and artful side of life. All of his projects are incredibly ambitious and inspired, but with this latest release, he may have just created his masterpiece. It serves as a perfect blend of all his occupations and passions while somehow managing to remain coherent and entertaining without becoming a pretensious ... read more
Easily the most important release of 2021. This takes a deep dive into the what it means to be black in America. It celebrates black culture and history, it talks in depth about racism and its many forms. It’s presented as a thoughtful and well crafted blend of spoken word and enjoyable jazzy R&B.
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Track List

  1. Revisionist History
  2. The American Negro
  3. The Black Broadcast
  4. Revolutionize
  5. Double Consciousness
  6. Watch the Children
  7. Dying on the Run
  8. Intransigence of the Blind
  9. James Mincey Jr.
  10. Disadvantaged Without a Title
  11. Mama (You Will Make It)
  12. The Black Queen
  13. Margaret Garner
  14. Race Is a Fallacy
  15. Light on the Horizon
  16. A Symphony for Sahara
  17. America Is Listening
  18. The March on America
  19. Paradox of the Positive
  20. The Death March
  21. Black Lives Matter
  22. Rotten Roses
  23. Jim Crow's Dance
  24. Patriotic Portraits
  25. George Stinney Jr.
  26. Sullen Countenance
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Added on: February 17, 2021