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The Greatest Story Ever Told

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David Banner

The Greatest Story Ever Told

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, Max von Sydow, Pat Boone, Martin Landau, Angela Lansbury
director:
David Lean, George Stevens
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

Like his small-screen namesake — you know, the friendly scientist who sometimes turned into a rampaging Lou FerrignoDavid Banner is a man of contradictions. His biggest hits have been lewd club jams like 2005’s ”Play,” yet he’s given voice to a powerful social conscience in interviews. That thoughtful side shines through on his fourth studio CD’s opener, ”So Long,” a raging indictment of police brutality and public apathy. The Greatest Story Ever Told contains a few more similarly righteous moments, but too many of its 21 sprawling tracks — notably ”A Girl” — fall back on gratuitous misogyny. All things considered, we like Banner much better when he’s angry. C+
DOWNLOAD THIS: Hear ”Freedom” at David Banner’s MySpace page