Spun: Robert Temple and His Soulfolk Jazz Ensemble

By James Hawkins

Robert Temple is an aging hippie trying to make a go at a music career with What Would You Do?, a concept album protesting the Iraq war and the Bush administration. Unfortunately, Temple decided to include a song vilifying poor drivers who don’t use their turn signals at the climax of the album, effectively ruining any political momentum the album could have possessed.

Not only is the album chalked full of trite rhetoric and bad humour, clearly Temple didn’t take enough time off from his day job behind the Pot Shop counter to even read his own lyrics. Perhaps his politics would be better used, and much less embarrassing to sympathizers, if they were conducted from the ballot box where he can be discreet rather than the stage.

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