This is one of the most scathing topical folk albums ever made. Sainte-Marie
sings in an emotional, vibrato-laden voice of war ("The Universal Soldier," later a hit for Donovan
), drugs ("Cod'ine"), sex ("The Incest Song"), and most telling, the mistreatment of Native Americans, of which Sainte-Marie
is one ("Now That the Buffalo's Gone"). Even decades later, the album's power is moving and disturbing.