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Test My Faith

by Good Citizen

Pop Rock Folk music and, just for fun, an Irish-punk undertone.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Strange Little Man
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2. Bodie Man
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3. 7 Days
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4. Spirit Talk
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5. Test My Faith
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6. When the Hills are A'Blaze
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7. Children of the Dark
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8. The Well has Run Dry
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9. Valley of Shame
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10. Big Baby
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11. Capitol Steps
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12. Letter to City Hall
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13. It's A Day
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14. Hat Song
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15. Don't Push
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Album Notes
Good Citizen is a band from the Long Beach area of Southern California consisting of (mostly) Bass, Guitar, Saxophone and drums. Gene Whitright, Dina Predisik,Carrie Barrios, and John Feijoo - respectively. This album is a culmination of new additions, cut songs and newly written songs addressing different feelings and definitions of "Faith". It is not "christian rock" . . . not that there's anyhting wrong with that . . . It's a personal album but still has enough pop over(and under)tones to bop along with. From "Strange Little Man", a song about the death of the family farm to "Don't Push" a song of sex, sex, sex; Good Citizen crosses genres and emotions while - tongue often planted firmly in cheek - getting toes tapping. Intelligent, often funny lyrics accompanied by top-shelf pop/rock/folk music.

By da bookman on November 20, 2006 - Music For America (
Test My Faith (Poverty Level) by Good Citizen reminds me of the kind of rock albums I listened to as a kid and learned to love as I became exposed to other forms of music. The first track, "Strange Little Man", sound a bit like Elvis Costello if he was raised in the rural South, while other songs show shades of The Grateful Dead, The Blasters, Laura Nyro, and Loggins & Messina. Each song is different from the one which came before, so one can't easily fall into a comfort zone until after the album is over. Good Citizen (Gene Whitright, Dina Predisik, and Carrie Barrios) are remarkable musicians who are able to create any soundscape, and they sound very comfortable with each other.


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Walter E. Gogh

Very Big Deal in Ameri-kay
In "Test My Faith," Good Citizen ranges across America (or "Ameri-kay," as in one song's lyrics) musically, geographically, politically, and theologically. Many of the songs explore the folkways of this nation's fading rural landscapes: the haunting opener "Strange Little Man," with its beautifully droning dulcimer, concludes with the loss of the family farm. Other songs consider the assaults of commercial exploitation in similarly downhome terms – the wry two-step of "The Well Has Run Dry" – or through pungent rock, which underscores the uncreation myth of "Seven Days" with shrewd echoes of Blue Oyster Cult's "Godzilla" in Gene Whitright's bass line. The triumph of nature over misguided human design is also honored in the pedal-steel-driven "When the Hills Are Ablaze," featuring sweet interplay between vocals by Dina Predisik and Whitright. Belief, unbelief, and their abuses are the subjects of "Spirit Talk" and the title track, "Test My Faith," both of which decry uncritical acceptance (and imposition) of self-serving creeds. Perhaps the most intriguing take on religion can be found in the divinity represented by "Bodie Man" who takes Good Citizen into Los Lobos territory (with roots in some of Ray Davies's satiric songs for the Kinks) with the help of Carrie Barrios's sax work. Barrios later supplies tin whistle for the overtly political tunes "Valley of Shame" and "Capitol Steps," which use the form of Irish ballads to indict elected officials for hapless foreign and domestic policies. "Letter to City Hall" is also political, but moves into the vein of disillusioned folk-rock. The Zevonesque "It's a Day" stays in that idiom, shifting its sights from the governmental to the personal as its target. Similarly, Good Citizen applies shrewd social commentary to individual behavior in the wistful but deeply ironic "Children of the Dark" and the hilariously brutal, throbbing "Don’t Push." The best punk bands have always been credited with making us dance and making us think; Good Citizen can proudly wave aloft their post-punk flag. Lemme hear ya say "Arrrrgh!"