Review by Rolling Stone
has never stopped being reckless. At a time when most songwriters can't see beyond
their neighborhoods or above their belts, the fifty-three-year-old Smith still
insists that rock is a gateway to revelation. She doesn't flinch from excess or
outsize emotions; she makes known her desire, her fury, her exaltation, her grief."
New Yorker (2002-03-11)
"Smith is drawn to heroic, stubborn, maligned,
obsessed, populist figures, and here her touchstone is Ho Chi Minh, the subject
of the title track: "He was not like any other / He was just like any other."
Her voice has never been more expressive or exhibited greater range than on this
album. The band provides anthemic support for her rhetorically hefty sound on
the political songs, and on the sexy ones, when she is being seductive, the guitars
and drums keep her dancing. "
Lo And Beholden
Boy Cried Wolf
Glitter In Their Eyes