Monday, January 10, 2011
Rodriguez - Cold Fact (1970)
Sixto Diaz Rodriguez never received the credit due to him and he's not getting enough now.
Born of Mexican immigrants in inner city Detroit, Rodriguez paints realities in monochromatics that state the "cold facts" as they appear to almost anyone growing up in urban poverty. I'm not saying this is a downer of a album. It's just not sugar coated and polished as a lot of other music. On the bright side, unbeknownst to him, when he called it quits and became a lowly day laborer, Rodriguez' music reached revolutionary anthemic status for the people of South Africa which then opened the door to his cult status bubbling all around the globe.
Life, love, caste, politics, drugs, whatever, Rodriguez conveys his emotions with a gratuitous grace.
LINK REMOVED BECAUSE EVERYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT RODRIGUEZ THESE DAYS. GO SEE THE MOVIE. BUY HIS ALBUMS.