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The Way I Should.  Iris Dement. 11 tracks.  Total playing time 50 minutes, 37 seconds.
Warner Brothers. 1996.

This is an angry album with some outstanding tracks. Wasteland of the Free describes modern-day America where CEOs 'earn' 300 times the worker's wage. Quality Time satirises those parents who lavish everything on their children but love and attention. Wall in Washington describes the awful waste of life in Vietnam. This traumatic episode in American history seems destined to be repeated in Iraq, Afghanistan and other bleak outposts of the New American Empire.

But it's not all bleak. Iris has a lovely voice and a talent for tunes that you just can't get out of your head. Buy this album and Infamous Angel too!

David Kerr

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