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My husband and a friend had just installed a new CD DVD drive in our computer and were looking for the closest disc around to test it out. On the desk in plain view was “The Failure” by B. Dolan and I drew in a deep breath when my husband loaded it into the drive. He innocently inquired, “What kind of music does this guy do? Ballads?” I responded meekly, “No, no, not ballads,” and waited for his reaction. When the first track started, my husband glared suspiciously at the Windows Media Player Visualization screen. “Is this Satanic music?” he asked me.
I am going to give B. Dolan a chance, and I’ll elaborate why. I am open-minded about music and although I can quickly decipher between what I think is “good” music and what I think is “bad” music, admitting that the first track on this CD does sound Satanic does not necessarily put the entire album into the “bad” category in my opinion. He is a performance artist whose stage personality thrives on controversy and causing emotional reactions in his audience. I’m reminded of Buddy Wakefield, who also provokes his audience with raw poetic style.
I’m also reminded of Guillermo Gomez-Peña, another performance artist thriving on controversy, who incessantly prods and pokes at his audience, willing us to reconsider our relationship with the stranger, the foreign, the invader.
To get an idea of what kind of person B. Dolan is, I read the “History” page of his website. I discovered that he is the co-founder of the very useful website Knowmore.org and uses hip-hop, rap and poetry to spark creativity in at-risk young people. Can you see the benefits of not judging a book by its cover? Although he is accurately described by a YouTube commenter as having “the look of a real psychopath satanic clown nightmare prison rapist,” his life’s purpose is beautiful. He calls out hypocrites, and obliterates the unconsciousness that causes humans to put up barriers.
I’ve been listening to this album for about 2 weeks. It is growing on me. It seemed so strange at first, but now it seems familiar. Some gems on this album are “Knock Knock”, “Heart Failure”, and my favorite, “Joan of Arcadia”. Even if you don’t think you’ll like B. Dolan’s music, please visit his website, Knowmore.org and know more about conscious consumption.
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