Black Yankee Rock

Black Yankee Rock

by Chocolate Genius



Marc Anthony Thompson has released only five albums in over 20 years, but he has made each one count. Black Yankee Rock -- featuring artwork that gives the Dixie flag fresh shades of red, black, and green -- is certainly no exception. After the tightly controlled blare of the opener, "The Beginning of Always," the album serves up track after track of laid-back backdrops that range from lighthearted to somber in mood. The album, seemingly made with easygoing Saturday mornings in mind, doesn't have quite as many dimensions as Black Music or Godmusic, but it could also be said that it shows more focus. (When you're releasing albums every four or five years, it can't be easy to keep yourself from throwing out all of your ideas, no matter how incongruous they are.) Thompson's following his own instincts, as always, and he always manages to pull off something as valuable as anything by Eels or Beck. Best of all is "It's Going Wrong," a collaboration with Moby that tops anything from the bald one's Hotel. Unfortunately, this album will only receive a sliver of the attention.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2005
Label: Commotion
UPC: 0186961000928
catalogNumber: 9

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chocolate Genius   Primary Artist,Vocals,Various
Van Dyke Parks   Musician
Marc Ribot   Musician
Oren Bloedow   Musician
Art Baron   Musician
Yuka Honda   Musician
Peter Kent   Musician
Stuart Matthewman   Musician
Meshell Ndegeocello   Musician
Roy Nathanson   Musician
Toshi Reagon   Musician
Catherine Russell   Musician
David Stone   Musician
Patrick Warren   Musician
Russel Johnson   Musician
Stephanie McKay   Musician
Vinia Mojica   Musician
Glenn Patscha   Musician
Trixie Whitley   Musician
Abe Laboriel   Musician
Erika Duke   Musician
Sharon Jackson   Musician
Scott Hosfeld   Musician

Technical Credits

Moby   Composer
Marc Anthony Thompson   Composer
D. Browne   Composer
Tracy McKnight   Executive Producer
Craig Street   Producer,Audio Production
S. "Husky" Hoskulds   Engineer
Glenn Patscha   Composer
Walter Yetnikoff   Executive Producer
Ichiho Nishiki   Engineer
Moe Tee   Contributor

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Black Yankee Rock 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Black Yankee Rock is a rich album full shades of contemplation in musical form. The CD lures you in with the driving first track “The Beginning of Always,” and keeps you wanting more through the beautiful “Chasing Strange,” the very hummable “Forever Everyone,” and after the album closer “Same Time Tomorrow.” Chocolate Genius Inc has kept us waiting with baited breath for this release, and pulls of an album of genius, true to his name.