Unfolk/Kevin Hewick, The Venetian Book of the Dead

That title The Venetian Book of the Dead leads one to expect some kind of facile Goth travelogue.  It’s an impression not exactly dispelled by the cover, with its illustration of skeletons, shrouds and crucifixes.  Yet to dismiss the album on this basis would be a big mistake.  Yes, it’s about death, but it’s also a compelling album of contemporary protest songs, rooted firmly in modern history and driven by a sense of righteous outrage.

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