[NEW RELEASES] Stew & The Negro Problem
There’s lots of candor but no rancor as the couple contemplate heartache with humor rather than hostility. “Love is a great gig, but the pay is crap,” Rodewald sings on “Love Is a Cult.”
As usual, Stew mines a deep reserve of musical influences to frame his tunes in an engaging pop setting, with touches of jazz, rock, R&B and Broadway. The resulting blend is part Bacharach, part Magnetic Fields and all good.
“Making It” kicks off with a brief instrumental that sounds like the theme to a TV show. Then comes “Pretend,” a paean for pop: “Songs are dumb, but they don’t lie,” Stew sings. Later topics include methamphetamine (“Speed”) and racial stereotypes (“Black Men Ski”), but the focus is on romance gone awry. AP
Stew & The Negro Problem