Romanovsky & Phillips | Be Political Not Polite

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Be Political Not Polite

by Romanovsky & Phillips

This hilarious and provocative album from the Dynamic Duo is both a battle cry for action and a celebration of gay and lesbian life, love and liberty.
Genre: Folk: Political Folk
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1. I Met A Man
4:09 album only
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2. When Heterosexism Strikes
3:42 album only
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3. One Of The Enemy
3:32 album only
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4. Oh No I\'m In Love
3:32 album only
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5. When I Look Into Your Eyes
3:29 album only
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6. Red Moon Over Boston
2:48 album only
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7. Once Upon A Time
3:41 album only
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8. Love Is All It Takes
4:37 album only
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9. Be Political Not Polite
4:39 album only
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10. Journal Entry
3:53 album only
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11. Queers In The Closet
3:22 album only
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12. Hymn
3:10 album only
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13. Tango Indigesto
5:30 album only
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14. Closing Chapter
3:26 album only
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15. No False Hope
3:48 album only

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Album Notes
Romanovsky & Phillips' fourth album is a musical tour-de-force containing 15 songs of love, politics, hope and humor. Featuring their signature vocal harmonies and no-nonsense acoustic arrangements, Be Political Not Polite maintains a perfect balance of wit and political passion. Produced by John Bucchino, known for his decades of work with singer-activist Holly Near and more recently his Broadway show A Catered Affair (co-written with Harvey Fierstein), this album re-establishes R&P on the cutting edge of gay and lesbian music.

On this disc R&P remain unafraid to tackle any subject, from lesbian/gay parents to lesbian/gay teachers, surviving AIDS to surviving dating. Titles include: "Oh No, I'm In Love (With My Therapist)", "Tango Indigesto" (a breaking up scene in a Mexican restaurant), "Once Upon A time" (It's getting hard to tell the boys from the girls), "When Heterosexism Strikes" (practical advice for fighting homophobia), "Queers In The Closet" (a who's who of famous closet cases), and "Hymn" (a scathing indictment of the Catholic Church.)

Musically, R&P have never sounded better. John Bucchino's phenomenal talents as a keyboardist/arranger combined with R&P's soaring harmonies create a sound that is compelling and occasionally even danceable! Joined by special guest back-up vocalists Phranc, Alix Dobkin, Holly Near and Michael Callen (of The Flirtations), R&P take you on whirlwind musical journey. From the latin-flavored "When Heterosexism Strikes" to the straight forward folk-rock of the title cut, and from the lush choral arrangement of "Hymn" to the Andrews Sisters sound of "Oh No...I'm In Love", R&P display more musical sophistication than ever, without sacrificing the unapologetic folkiness that has endeared them to their fans. Be Political Not Polite is both a homecoming and a coming of age for R&P

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Brian Gryphon

Messages still valid
Sure there have been some political and legal victories, but there are still far too many people 'out there' who think it's ok to hate gay people. Ron and Paul's songs such as 'Queers In The Closet remind us the battles are not over; there is still work to be done; that we need to be Political, Not Polite. But songs such as 'Oh No I'm In Love' also remind us to enjoy a laugh (or two). Great songs for sing-alongs with friends and family.
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