A Riot Goin' on in Daydream Nation: 10 Great State-of-the-Country Albums

By Tom Hawking

These albums captured the zeitgeist of the ages and political climates that produced them.

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The new Dan Deacon album was released this past week, and it's perhaps the last thing we would have expected from a man once so interested in the idea of music as a purely sonic entity, devoid of any narrative or greater meaning: It's a loose concept album about America. Deacon has written some interesting stuff about the ideas behind the album, which is entitled simply America, on his website, noting that "The inspiration for the music was my love of cross-country travel, seeing the landscapes of the United States, going from east to west and back again over the course of seasons," while "The lyrics are inspired by my frustration, fear and anger towards the country and world I live in and am a part of." The result is a fascinating state-of-the-nation album, a record that's both personal and also vocal about the country of its creator. In celebration of its release, here are some of our favorite albums that address similar subject matter.

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