Hymn No. 5: courtesy of The Mighty Hannibal, née James Timothy Shaw is both a highlight and stylistic outlier in the oft-turbanned soul man’s lengthy career. Inspired one night by a newscast of Walter Cronkite discussing the growing amount of United States soldiers that were returning from Vietnam addicted to opium, “Hymn No. 5” excels in being an anti-war song that taps into the innate horror of war rather than delve into obvious punditry. Slowly chugging along like a jazz funeral dirge, accented by longing and pulsating organ, the track is an account of harrowing desperation. It is also incredibly moving and Hannibal’s finest hour.
MP3: The Mighty Hannibal :: Hymn No. 5