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Harlem River Blues [CD]

Justin Townes Earle Audio CD
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Justin Townes Earle is an anomaly. He’s tall as the day is long, all angles and elbows and a hard stare, both welcoming and deadly serious. He’s Nashville North, all set up in lower Manhattan now, just like his hero Woody Guthrie, with twang and charm intact.

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  • Audio CD (13 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bloodshot / Verse Chorus Verse
  • ASIN: B003UW1QYY
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,049 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Harlem River Blues 2:500.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. One More Night in Brooklyn 3:060.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Move Over Mama 2:020.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Workin' for the MTA 3:500.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wanderin' 2:400.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Slippin' and Slidin' 3:000.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Christchurch Woman [Explicit] 4:130.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Learning to Cry 2:430.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ain't Waitin' 2:180.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Rogers Park 4:300.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Harlem River Blues Reprise0:310.69  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Alt-country gave such a generous franchise to sullen shoe-gazers that it took a fresh generation to help the boho fringe out of a hole. The way forward, of course, was through tradition – and Justin Townes Earle has blossomed amid the vibrant and deep-rooted country revival.

Praise from Rolling Stone and a top ten country listing on Amazon in 2009 were capped by the title Emerging Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Awards, and the Tennessean could aptly be said to be emerging from the shadow of his father Steve (whose own youthful spin on tradition had been acclaimed long before the alt-country despond set in).

Turning 28, Justin was under considerable pressure of expectation, and the smart money would have bet he’d falter. Harlem River Blues, though, sounds like the work of a man who can handle pressure. It more than matches – it far exceeds – what had gone before.

While many in the new wave of Americana have prospered through a narrow discipline (like bluegrass), it is Earle’s authority across the board that marks him out. From the Hammond organ swell and brisk guitar shuffle that kick off the title-track to its a cappella holy-roller finale, you know you’re in good hands. And when the opening gives way to the sashaying Latin come-on of One More Night in Brooklyn and then the wry Sun rockabilly of Move Over Mama, the ride is plain exhilarating.

Earle’s Southern tenor crests an uncluttered, as-live production, intimate and melodic with an edge of yearning or stridency that recalls both his father and Ryan Adams. The miserabilists need not despair, either; however spry the music may get, there’s a depth to Earle’s songs that shades their colours with seductive darker hues.

There are echoes of Elvis and Woody Guthrie, Otis Redding and Hank Williams, slap bass and well-judged brass, harmony vocals and weeping pedal steel. And if it doesn’t surpass the light touch and originality of a John Sebastian (for whoever recast tradition as deftly as The Lovin’ Spoonful?) this remains a rounded, accomplished and hugely attractive record.

--Ninian Dunnett

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(2010/BLOODSHOT)11 tracks - digipac 'His songs have the ring of truth that was once the essence of Country Music'...Wall Street JournalMedium 1
  1. Harlem River Blues
  2. One More Night In Brooklyn
  3. Move Over Mama
  4. Workin' For The MTA
  5. Wanderin'
  6. Slippin' And Slidin'
  7. Christchurch Woman
  8. Learning To Cry
  9. Ain't Waitin'
  10. Rogers Park
  11. Harlem River Blues Reprise

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lets hope he takes a long time drowning 19 Sep 2010
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I think your own reviewer does a huge diservice to the first two JTE records, but he's correct in saying that this is his best work so far and he sounds like a guy who knows it too. He sounds like he has new found confidence in his ability and is having the time of his life. justin doesnt muck about this album being recorded in 3 days and it sounds so fresh.

Justin sounds joyous in the title track as he talks of drowning himself in the Harlem river, it's an exciting vibrant track no matter how many times you play it. "One More Night In Brooklyn" was the first new track I heard but it's slowed down here and probably works better for it. "Move Over Mama" hits you over the head it rocks and sounds rather like it could have came from Sun Records. The consistency continues with "Working for the MTA" and the fabulous "Wanderin'" which is definately a toe tapper and a gospel feel to it. "Slippin' and Slidin'" sounds like a rock n roll ballad and there is nothing wrong with that.
"Learning To Cry" is for me the weakest track on the album BUT on an album as good as this thats a huge compliment. "Christchurch Woman" and "Ain't Willin'" are both great too and the album (apart from a reprise of the title track) closes with "Rogers Town" which too the unknown listener sounds like Justin has matured as a songwriter its a truly great song but Justin recently revealed that he wrote this when he was just 18.

If this doesn't win him more plaudits and get him more recognition than just being Steve Earle's son nothing will.

Justin is doing a seven date tour of the UK in November, Ive already seen him once live and he is awesome and the tickets are so cheap for such a great performer. Ill see you in Brighton JTE.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dirty water gonna cover me over 1 Oct 2010
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Album number three for the frankly scarily prolific JTE. "Harlem River Blue's" sees Mr. Earle moving himself to New York City in order to see a different side to life than he had experienced running around Nashville and other southern cities. So how's the music? The album does enough to live up to those that came before it although it has a decidedly different feel to his previous albums. I think that is what makes JTE such an interesting talent; in all of his albums he sounds like his own man but the sound and feel of the albums all differ somehow.

I cannot quite put my finger on what is different this time but I would argue that the sound is somehow less traditionally country. He has moved away from the old timey sound that characterised pretty much the whole of "The Good Life" and large swathes of "Midnight at the Movies". I first listened to the title track on pre-release download and was blown away; JTE tries his hand at gospel-inflected R&B and pulls of one of his best ever tracks. The rest of the album is full of bigger songs musically than seen before. It is certainly different to previous efforts but whether it is any better or not is debatable. Other than the brilliant "Harlem River Blues" my personal favourite is "Rogers Park", a song that is brilliantly driven by the piano of Skylar Wilson and shows JTE moving into Springsteen territory.

JTE is a brilliant talent and I truly believe that he has better work ahead of him. He takes risks, which is very exciting, but I would argue that both his second and thrid albums have promised more than they delivered. The title tracks that open both MATM and HRB show that Earle is a brilliant songwriter able to bring together disparate elements of American music and deliver something original.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Should this reviewer ever offer up any racing tips or tell you to bet your shirt on a sporting event please ignore such exhortations and treat with considerable disdain. Some time last year I reviewed Justin Townes Earle's magnificent "Midnight at the movies" and waxed lyrical at the mix of Elvis inspired rockabilly, Gram Parsons style cosmic Americana and good old country with a respectful nod to his father, Mr Steve Earle. The latter had also just recorded his warm tribute album to his mentor and friend the late Townes Van Zandt whose name has been passed to Earle junior and it appeared that the mighty forces were coming together to push the musical prowess of both father and son to the forefront and potential world domination. Alas it was not to be, although both albums were praised to the hilt and figured in 2009 best albums. If you have never heard JTE's "Halfway to Jackson" a song which equals Elvis's "Mystery Train" or the brilliant cover of the Replacements "I can hardly wait" a mighty treat is in store.

"Harlem River Blues" follows from his previous in that it shows Earle's musical palette to be very broad and knowledgeable. The albums opener is a song about death that is so upbeat that its only after a minute or so that you realise that the songs protagonist is announcing his intention to drown himself! Whatever it is infused with a mix of Sun sessions sensibility infused with a gospel slant and is a tremendous start (it is later reprised as the album closer in a short "Oh brother where art thou" type old religious chant). One More Night In Brooklyn is a gentle rolling alt country ballad while "Move over Mama" has enough Elvis/Eddie Cochran swagger to hand over the keys to Gracelands.
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Published 28 days ago by richard mackie
5.0 out of 5 stars so glad i found this!
stumbled across this while buying ryan bingham albums and so glad that i gave it a listen. Perfect mix of beautiful songs, emotion and an incredible voice.
Published 5 months ago by PingFish
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
Wonderful music from great Alt country musicians with Jasion Isbel on Guitar Justiin Townes Earl really Nails this one from the great bluesy title track onwards
Published 15 months ago by Mr. David Myles
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent album
Justin Townes Earle is someone recommended to me by my son. My son is a young man whereas I am relatively old with different ideas on music. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Anne McLaren
5.0 out of 5 stars Good album.
Product is as described. Item came very quickly. No problems at all with purchase. Would recommend this product to other customers.
Published 16 months ago by David McElhinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this CD
I bought this Cd on the basis of hearing one track on the radio.
I won't go into great detail like some other reviewers but I loved this CD. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2012 by msffield
5.0 out of 5 stars Harlem River Blues
How much better can JTE get! Seriously, this guy is a genius. I remember waiting on this album coming out after hearing his first two outings and I couldnt wait. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2011 by AC_86
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure bliss
I bought this CD out of curiosity as I am a huge Steve Earle fan, so having no knowledge/experience with JTE's previous music I have no comparisons to make. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2011 by TARS
5.0 out of 5 stars Promise fulfilled
JT Earle's third record fulfills the promise of his first two and places them, comfortably, in the shade. Read more
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