'More Perfect' Podcast Announces Compilation Album Inspired by 27 Amendments Ft. Dolly Parton, Kevin Morby & More

Adarsha Benjamin
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The More Perfect podcast from WNYC Studios is turning its insightful political analysis into educational activism with the announcement of 27: The Most Perfect Album, a compilation of original songs inspired by the 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. 

The set features a song, and in some cases more than one, for each amendment by a diverse and highly acclaimed group of artists, including Dolly Parton, Devendra Banhart, They Might Be Giants and Kash Doll. The accompanying podcast will also add to its star power with voice-over narration from award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright.

The first release is folk singer-songwriter Kevin Morby’s take on the 24th Amendment’s elimination of poll taxes, premiering exclusively on Billboard today (Aug. 23). It's a blues-driven tune that only Morby’s observational lyrics and circuitous storytelling could conjure. He reflects the history of the legislation by noting small financial grievances and sacrifices that accrue throughout time until it becomes clear that nothing can break the cycle except the right to vote.

27: The Most Perfect Album is set to drop on Sept. 18 and will coincide with the premiere of More Perfect’s third season, which will break down each amendment and apply it to the modern day. Though the series will serve a much different tune than its companion album, it’s certain to strike a chord.

In a statement, More Perfect creator and host Jad Abumrad says, “The mission of this album is to take these sometimes forgotten words and animate them through the power of music. These 27 amendments not only outline our basic rights as Americans, but they also show a country changing, evolving, re-imagining itself. Striving (and not always succeeding) to be better. These songs will be a way to say that these words matter.”

Get a first listen of Kevin Morby's song inspired by the 24th Amendment below, and check out the full track list after the jump.

Amendment

/Artist

1

Cherry Glazerr / Joey Stylez

2

Sateen / Michael Richard Klics / Mariachi Flor de Toloache

3

Palehound / They Might Be Giants

4

Briana Marela

5

Torres

6

Sons of an Illustrious Father

7

Adia Victoria / Nana Grizol

8

High Waisted

9

The Kominas

10

Lean Year

11

Field Medic

12

The Octopus Project

13

Kash Doll / Bette Smith

14

Sarah Kay

15

Aisha Burns / Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

16

Post Animal

17

STEF CHURA / Donny Dinero (of Mail The Horse)

18

The Slants

19

Dolly Parton

20

Huey Supreme

21

The Slants

22

Pavo Pavo

23

The Duke Ellington School Chorus (The Mellow Tones)

24

Kevin Morby / Caroline Shaw

25

Devendra Banhart

26

Suburban Living

27

Kevin Devine