Cody ChesnuTT is the best sort of egomaniac. He places himself at the center of his musical universe; he contains that universe within him. On his new album, Landing on a Hundred, he sings one song in the voice of the entire continent of Africa. When he writes a tune called “That’s Still Mama,” his mother is given to reflecting upon her son — that is, her divine little Cody, whom he addresses as “school boy” and “church boy.” He composes a song titled “Don’t Follow Me,” as though thousands were clamoring to become his disciples. And sometimes he sings in the voice of a different character: a sinner redeemed.
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