Back in March, John Walker Black charmed us with “Theme to Nippertown,” a somber yet ultimately uplifting paean to the city of Albany.
He followed that a few months later with “Central Avenue,” a mostly spoken-word urban soundscape in three movements that careens from longing to despair to redemption, all in the space of four minutes. It’s a bleak vision of life for those who have all but given up on the American dream.
“The unemployable roam en masse
unable to stop the laws that have been passed
to keep them cold and moving on.”