More Perfect’s 27: The Most Perfect Album out September 18th from WNYC Studios

More Perfect’s 27: The Most Perfect Album out September 18th from WNYC Studios

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New York NY, USA—More Perfect—the podcast from WNYC Studios about American democracy— today announced 27: THE MOST PERFECT ALBUM, a compilation featuring original new music by acclaimed musicians and artists from around the world. Each track is inspired by one of the 27 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The album will be released digitally on September 18th and will be available for free to listeners everywhere.

27: THE MOST PERFECT ALBUM features Dolly Parton with a song inspired by the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote; Flor de Toloache with a track about the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms; Devendra Banhart with music reflecting on the procedures for presidential succession; They Might Be Giants; Palehound; Torres; Kash Doll;Caroline Shaw; The Kominas; Cherry Glazerr; The Slants; Sons of an Illustrious Father, and many more. From country music and mariachi, to folk and punk rock, all of the participating artists interpret each of the amendments in their own distinct styles.

The full artist list is below. A number of amendments inspired multiple songs by different artists.

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“The mission of this album is to take these sometimes forgotten words and animate them through the power of music,” said Jad Abumrad, Peabody-award-winning host and creator of More Perfect and Radiolab. “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 are a small way to say that these words matter. We’re thrilled to bring listeners this music in this critical moment.”

The new album will be released in conjunction with More Perfect’s third season. New episodes of the podcast will serve as a series of ‘audio liner notes’ to the compilation. Golden Globe, Emmy, and Tony award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright (Westworld; The Hunger Games) lends his voice to the podcast series, narrating each of the 27 amendments. With visual artwork from Luis Mazón, and essays by legal editor Elie Mystal, this package from More Perfect will explore the rich history and meaning infused within the constitutional amendments.

Hailed as “eye-opening” by USA Today and as “astonishing” by The New Yorker, More Perfect has also been praised by Mashable for going “beyond history and law to question the very essence of what it means to be American.” For more information and to listen to prior seasons of More Perfect, visit


1st Amendment: Cherry Glazerr; Joey Stylez

Guarantees the right to the freedoms of speech, press, and religion. Protects the right to petition the government.

2nd Amendment**: Sateen; Michael Richard Klics; Flor de Toloache**

Guarantees the people’s right to own and bear arms for their defense.

3rd Amendment: Palehound; They Might Be Giants

Citizens cannot be forced to quarter soldiers during times of peace.

4th Amendment: Briana Marela

Citizens cannot be forced to subject themselves to seizure and search without a search warrant and probable cause.

5th Amendment: Torres

Prohibits abuse of governmental authority in legal procedures. Establishes rules for indictment by eminent domain and grand jury. Guarantees the due process rights. Protects citizens from self-incrimination and double jeopardy.

6th Amendment: Sons of an Illustrious Father

Guarantees fair and speedy jury trial and the rights to know the accusation, the accuser, and to find counsel and witnesses.

7th Amendment: Adia Victoria; Nana Grizol

Reserves individuals’ rights to jury trial depending on the civil case and cases already examined by not be re-opened by another court.

8th Amendment: High Waisted

Forbids exorbitant bails and fines and punishment that is unusual or cruel.

9th Amendment: The Kominas

Reserves the rights of citizens which are not specifically mentioned by the U.S. Constitution.

10th Amendment: Lean Year

Reserves powers that are not given to the U.S. government under the Constitution, nor prohibited to a State of the U.S., to the people and the States.

11th Amendment: Field Medic

State sovereign immunity. States are protected from suits by citizens living in another state or foreigners that do not reside within the state borders.

12th Amendment: The Octopus Project

Modifies and clarifies the procedure for electing vice-presidents and presidents.

13th Amendment: Kash Doll; Bette Smith

Except as punishment for criminal offense, forbids forced-slavery and involuntary servitude.

14th Amendment: Poet Sarah Kay

Details Equal Protection Clause, Due Process Clause, Citizenship Clause, and clauses dealing with the Confederacy and its officials.

15th Amendment: Aisha Burns; Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

Reserves citizens the suffrage rights regardless of their race, color, or previous slave status.

16th Amendment: Post Animal

Reserves the U.S. government the right to tax income.

17th Amendment: Stef Chura; Donny Dinero (of Mail The Horse)

Establishes popular voting as the process under which senators are elected.

18th Amendment: The Slants

Denies the sale and consumption of alcohol.

19th Amendment: Dolly Parton

Reserves women’s suffrage rights.

20th Amendment: Huey Supreme

Also known as the “lame duck amendment,” establishes date of term starts for Congress (January 3) & the President (January 20).

21st Amendment: The Slants

Details the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment. State laws over alcohol are to remain.

22nd Amendment**: Pavo Pavo**

Limits the terms that an individual can be elected as president (at most two terms). Individuals who have served over two years of someone else’s term may not be elected more than once.

23rd Amendment: The Mellow Tones, from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Reserves the right of citizens residing in the District of Columbia to vote for their own Electors for presidential elections.

24th Amendment: Kevin Morby; Caroline Shaw

Citizens cannot be denied the suffrage rights for not paying a poll tax or any other taxes.

25th Amendment: Devendra Banhart

Establishes the procedures for a successor of a President.

26th Amendment: Suburban Living

Reserves the right for citizens 18 and older to vote.

27th Amendment: Kevin Devine

Denies any laws that vary the salaries of Congress members until the beginning of the next terms of office for Representatives.

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