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Paul Pena

  • Paul Pena [Capitol, 1972] A-

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Paul Pena [Capitol, 1972]
Certain black bohemians--Richie Havens is the perfect example--have developed a style of humanitarianism unspecific enough to make "War" and "Ball of Confusion" sound like Frantz Fanon. Pena's outlook is similar, but between his rolling virtuoso guitar and his abiding vocal soulfulness (the man leaves mere conviction back with Norman Vincent Peale) he moves me. Even the naivete of the lyrics makes for home truths unavailable from more sophisticated writers. A-