Landing on a Hundred
Label: Vibration Vineyard/One Little Indian
Reviewed by: Alex Frank
Landing on a Hundred is the second major release from the r&b artist Cody ChesnuTT. ChesnuTT does a brilliant job of setting social commentary to beautifully orchestrated, soulful music. The track “Chips Down (In No Landfill),” describes the plight of a man lost in the technologically advanced society he lives in and his need to “throw [his] silicon chips down” in order to feel alive.
Cody ChesnuTT shows that he’s well versed in a variety of songwriting styles on the track “Don’t Wanna Go the Other Way.” This song shows his ability to write a head-bobbing rock tune that delivers a message of perseverance against negative forces.
“Everybody’s Brother,” depicts the story of the struggles of overcoming drug addiction and past mistakes in-order to turn one’s life around. The instrumental lead-in on this track borrows heavily from 70s motifs, and Curtis Mayfield, and creates an appropriate setting for the over-arching theme of the song.
Cody ChesnuTT’s “Landing on a Hundred” could be lumped in with the resurgence of soul and funk bands like Fitz and the Tantrums or the Heavy, which would be misguided. There’s a deeper narrative and underlying theme of oppression felt throughout that gives this release more meaning.