(2009) Joys And Concerns

The Negro Problem

... read moreEasily one of the finest power pop records of 1999, the sophomore album by the Negro Problem shows the group growing by leaps and bounds after their debut, Post Minstrel Syndrome . The Negro Problem is a Los Angeles group rooted in pop, but with an extremely strong degree of eclecticism. The songs...

46′:52″ 12 Songs

1
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Repulsion (Show Up Late For Work On Monday)
3:58
2
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Sea Of Heat
3:32
3
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Comikbuchland
3:51
4
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Heads
3:57
5
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Mahnsanto
4:19
6
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Bleed
3:44
7
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Peter Jennings
3:58
8
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Ahmnot Madatcha
2:28
9
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Ken
3:41
10
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Goode Tyme
4:54
11
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The Rain In Leimert Park Last Tuesday
3:27
12
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Come Down Now
5:03
Released 02 November 2009, Fire Records

Review

Easily one of the finest power pop records of 1999, the sophomore album by the Negro Problem shows the group growing by leaps and bounds after their debut, Post Minstrel Syndrome . The Negro Problem is a Los Angeles group rooted in pop, but with an extremely strong degree of eclecticism. The songs, all written by lead singer Stew, are almost visionary folk songs that showcase his unique world view. The music, which can be described a modern-day folk-rock, has touches of pop and jazz, primarily due to the fine influence of the band's excellent drummer Charles Pagano. Heidi Rowald handles most of the bass chores, but she also doubles as a second guitarist behind Stew, and also plays keyboards. Probyn Gregory, a fixture on the LA scene and a member of such groups such as the Wondermints, is sort of an auxiliary member, and his work on horns gives this fine album dimension. The main difference between the sound of the group on this album compared to their debut is the effective vocal harmonies. Lisa Jenio, who has her own band in LA, Candypants, shines here as a guest vocalist, along with Rowald. Many of the songs are influenced by Jimmy Webb, giving the album an elegant, post-psychedelic L.A. feel that is infectious. ~ Matthew Greenwald