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Another World Is Possible (CD/various artists)


Sound: B     Music: B-     Essays: B



As a partial salute to The Clash and part politically aware work, Another World Is Possible (2005) brings together ten brief, smart essays (in various languages to boot including Noam Chomsky, who’s work is elsewhere on this site) in a hardcover booklet the size of a CD case, then includes a CD.  The art is a world map out of UPC scan-bar symbols and a title nowhere to be found.  Think of it as a sort of “Neo-White Album” of some sort.


The music is obviously diverse, with the only acts I recognized including Femi Kuti (reviewed on DVD elsewhere on this site), Emir Kusturica, Moby and Massive Attack.  The less familiar artists include Manu Chao & Tonino Carotone, Asian Dub Foundation & Zebda, No One Is Innocent & Orchestra National de Barbés, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra (all duets it would seem), The Skatalites, Lee Scratch Perry, Tiken Jah Fakoli, Idir, Salif Keita, Nitin Sawhney, and Granddaddy.  Like the old Nonesuch record label samplers of music back in the vinyl record days, this is a fine sampling of major talent worldwide in a set that makes you think and consider the true nature of world politics and events.  Even if you do not agree with the politics, they are presented in a mature, intelligent fashion and the music is solid, if a bit uneven in the case of this particular compilation.


The genres run from Rock and Electronica to more organic, even ethnic music you may not have necessarily heard of before.  The PCM 2.0 16Bit/44.1kHz Stereo is pretty good throughout considering the tracks run over five years in their production ands varying conditions thereof.  The bottom line is that this set is about getting people to think about the downside of Globalization and more important, how the rapid changes are happening without being questioned.  Chomsky’s observations about the 1990s boom and who was included have great weight, while Shirin Ebadi offers a very agreeable definition of poverty, Naomi Klien is on the right track about big corporations and the “mall world” she criticizes, but may be overreaching in some of her overgeneralizations about what is a “Pac-Man” company, and Arundhati Roy makes a compelling statement about the position and role writers (like all those on this site) should consider and what that means in the near future.  I again think some of it is speculative, but even when any writer (here on this site, in this set or elsewhere) goes overboard, it is worth it just to consider some things to their possibly logical conclusion.  The essays (compiled from the 1997 – 2004 period) all holds up pretty good.  The music has just about as much heart, so go to www.discograph.com for more information about this Uncivilized World Records release in conjunction with the non-profit organization Attac.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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