Monday, December 9, 2013

CD Review: "12 Years A Slave" Movie Inspires New Music From John Legend, Gary Clark Jr, Alicia Keys And More

One of the front runners for the Oscar award for the movie of the year is eye-opening "12 Years A Slave" starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. The movie is based on the amazing true story of one man's fight for freedom from slavery. The accompanying soundtrack is also a great feat within its self. The sixteen-song album brings together some of the greatest names in music today including John Legend, Alicia Keys, Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes and others.

The music has a very stripped down, authentic feel as portrayed in the opening songs "Roll Jordan Roll," which finds Legend out of his R&B comfort zone and the acoustic "Freight Train" from Gary Clark Jr. Newcomers Alabama Shakes fit in perfectly with their chant of "Driva Man," before Alicia Keys steals the show with her smooth vocals and heartfelt rendition of "Queen Of The Field (Patsey's Song)." Soundgarden's Chris Cornell is joined by the Civil War's Joy Williams for some wonderful harmonizing on the bluesy feel of "Misery Chain." The album closes with the up-tempo, gospel choir  of "What Does Freedom Mean (To A Free Man)" by Cody Chesnutt.

The "12 Years A Slave" soundtrack was released on November 19th through Columbia Records. To find out more about the movie and the music inspired by the movie, please visit

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