Pray Yang For Yintegrity
Published in 2021
“An album jacket with liner notes, lyrics, and a digital download card to get the music onto your device. There is no vinyl record inside. It is produced this way to provide big artwork and a real thing to hold in your hands, but also provide the modern ease of digital music”
Collection of 12 songs
- We Our Mothers
- Into The Heart
- When The Boys Gonna Grow Up
- Put Her First
- Stuck In The Middle
- The Trimester Triathlon
- Breast Treatise
- Penis Treatise
- Uncle Dad
- Humility (First Draught)
- Crade to Grave
Pray Yang For Yintegrity is a thematic album based on the understanding that the human world, on the whole, is dominated by the “immature masculine” and that unless this consciousness matures, no amount of technology, good ideas, or political change is going to work. First, men must mature emotionally and spiritually. How will men mature? They must be hungry to grow and also be supported in this process by mature women and mature men. And this call to mature is what every song on this album is about.
Pray Yang For Yintegrity is the best-produced Nagdeo album so far, with a rich diversity of lyrical themes and styles of music. Some songs are trance-like meditations, others upbeat sing-a-longs, others solid rock anthems, and it includes many tongue-in-cheek expressions of difficult truths in a humorous, yet sincere package. If you want inspiration in growing up as a man or inspiration in supporting men in growing up, this album is wonderful musical medicine.
Russell Ruderman –
‘Pray Yang for Yintegrity’ is Nagdeo’s third album, and is even better than the first two. The band and songwriter Ano are writing and producing songs of the highest quality. The musicianship is superb!
The musical arrangements and production are top-notch. As always Ano’s songwriting offers humor mixed with serious messages, always insightful and often uplifting.
The contrasts in the music as it moves from sweet quiet passages to up-tempo danceable rhythms is well done and welcome to the listener.
My favorite is ‘Into the Heart’ with its simple strong message and singable uplifting choruses, contrasting with introspective parts.
I congratulate Ano and Nagdeo on a superb album and I encourage you to give it a listen!
— Russell Ruderman – Guitarist for Terrapin Station and El Leo, Owner Island Natural Foods, Big Island Hawaii, former Hawaii State Senator
Neil Steven Cohen –
Listening to Nagdeo, there is so much happening in each song. Very entertaining, never a dull moment! Of course, their sound and style is very unique. At the same time, I am also reminded of a blend between the genius of Frank Zappa and the grooves of the Grateful Dead. Creativity abounds in each song, with many interesting musical landscapes, and of course, their messages – so relevant for the times we are in.
Neil Steven Cohen – Founder: Integrative Awakening. Author: The Voice of Heart
This album is meant for the stage. It is not the type of music you will hear in a dance club or something to sit down and relax to. (Though you might want to put your headphones on, get comfortable with the lyric sheet, and really “take it in”.)
The “group” singing and the songs sound like they are what you would see in a full on staged musical production with acting and costumes, created and performed by a sustainable, off-grid community, full of love and soul expressing their untypical intentional way of life. This will resonate with many, though many, perhaps more close-minded people, will not be interested in this musical performance. Nonetheless, there is some real talent and creativity behind each song. I really hope this makes it to the stage one day as it would be a fun uplifting performance like no other out there.
Kieba Blacklidge, Fitness/Nutrition Advisor
Alan Conrad –
The most musically robust and well-composed of all of Nagdeo’s previous albums, Pray Yang For Yintegrity, is a love letter to the incoming Aquarian age. It is a stating of intention, and often literally an imploration, of what could be. It’s like an audible breathwork session; inviting a cathartic release of our dysfunctions, inhibitions, and hang-ups. All the songs are well crafted, complex, and intricate, yet they remain approachable, not overly complicated, and avoid getting “muddy.”. This album acts as a “call out” to men and women around the world to “step up” into our full autonomy, integrity, and personal power. Ano’s songwriting dances on that razor’s edge of having deep psycho-spiritual visionary lyrics without falling (too often) into didactic zealotry, quite the accomplishment on it’s own. Occasionally operatic and never not-funky, this album is meant to inspire, not just dancing, but also to reimagine our base desires, our personal and collective goals. A new world is possible, and Nagdeo is trying to jam it into existence.