The Reverend Shawn Amos – The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down (Rating 4 of 5)

Shawn Amos has been around for a long time, and if you are like most of us you have never heard of him. Not really a reverend, Amos has released, The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks it Down, a self described freedom album for troubled people and troubled times.

Digging deep into the political and cultural African American experience the album shows influences of The Staple Singers as well as the speeches and writings of Dr. Martin Luther King.  The release of the single “(We’ve Got To) Come Together” was timed to be released on Martin Luther King Day, and he plays “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” pretty much straight along uplifting lines.

“Ain’t Gonna Name Names” is an Elvis Costello tinged Number, and the Cover of Bowie’s “Jean Genie” is excellent bordering on great. Recorded in Memphis in the shadow of Dr. King the album is a call to listen to our better angels.