Brett Edwards is an environmentalist and educator, who combined his passions for hip-hop and sustainability in the guise of the costumed superhero “Mr. Eco.” Edwards opens with “Ugly Food,” a song about food thrown out solely because of appearance, features singer Garrick Davis. Singer Jenny Tormey instructs listeners to “Sort Like Crazy,” and help reduce waste, while “Methane Ghost” links trash with methane production and climate change. Aoede sings the chorus on “Hungry Children” while Edwards raps some alarming statistics about hunger in America. “Compost King,” is a rapped tale about the science and necessity of decomposition. “Comida Aqua”(Water Food) is a bilingual rap, with singer Reina Mora, about the wasteful use of water in agriculture and meat production, and rappers/singers Marky Marcus and Ellie El help to bring the message of being an eco-hero and not wasting food on the lively “Choose What You Want.” Jenny Tormey returns for the knick-knack-paddywhack chorus of “Food Waste At Home,” and Garrick Davis again adds some soul to a song about checking “Dates On Food.” Lunch time manners and food conservation are covered in “Shared Table,” and a kid rapping chorus takes the spotlight on the dumpster diving song “Donate Not Dump.” The album closes with the title track, a riff on “Amazing Grace,” transposed to a hip hop diatribe on not wasting food. Perhaps not an easy-listening album for everyone, many will find this CD refreshing in its ecologically minded and necessary messages.
Lahri Bond ©2019 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.