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  • Journey Home [Epic, 1990] C

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Journey Home [Epic, 1990]
Auteur-fuehrer-rapper Bob Rosenberg's unprecedented meld of disco cheese and heavy pop-rock proves yet again that originality and fatuity aren't mutually exclusive--especially if you don't take originality too far. Of the 10 songs here, Rosenberg wrote eight. These do not include (10cc's) "I'm Not in Love," the highly belated follow-up to his 1988 Skynyrd-Frampton medley, nor "Boogie Nights," to which he adds the moving if redundant confession, "It took some remakes to get your attention." They do, however, include the six-minute spoken-word-cheesy-pop-heavy-disco-rock "Koyaanisqatsi," a political manifesto as daring and thoughtful as anything dreamed by Jello Bangladesh or Minions of Dull Chords. Quoting Jefferson, Whitman, Emerson, Wilde, his man Nietzsche, Solzhenitsyn, and the National Rifle Association, Rosenberg declares free speech useless and sweet reason all, while coming out in favor of animal rights, the Second Amendment, and robbing the rich--an exemplary melange of the one-stop individualism that's long passed for politics in every wing of the rock counterculture. Words to live by: "Death before dishonor, as it were." C