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High Top Mountain Import

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Sturgill Simpson isn’t one to rest on his laurels, which is why, less than a year after the release of his critically acclaimed debut, High Top Mountain, Sturgill releases his follow-up, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.

The album title, an allusion to Ray Charles’ groundbreaking 1962 record, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, hints at the psychedelic sounds found ... Read more in Amazon's Sturgill Simpson Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: High Top Mountain Records/Red
  • ASIN: B00CCEHQJU
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,879 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

(2013/High Top Mountain) 12 tracks (37:39) - digisleeve.
Amazing southern drawl record - a blend of Waylon & Willie style stuff plus real songwriter skills - all killers no fillers!
Bear Family Crew Favorit im November 2013"!*****
'I'm so broke can't pay attention'
(available on Vinyl LP (incl. download #LPHTM478714)Medium 1
  1. Life Ain't Fair and the World Is Mean
  2. Railroad of Sin
  3. Water in a Well
  4. Sitting Here Without You
  5. The Storm
  6. You Can Have the Crown
  7. Time After All
  8. Hero
  9. Some Days
  10. Old King Coal
  11. Poor Rambler
  12. I'd Have to Be Crazy

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve bailey on 3 April 2015
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Some good tracks - worth owning but not as good as Simpson's second album (Metamodern Sounds)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AC_86 on 20 Sept. 2013
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The Country music industry baffles me how artist's such as Sturgill Simpson are overlooked. This guy is so much more talented than the like's of Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. Sturgill Simpsons debut album is a throw back to the days when country music was country music! This album is absolutely fantastic, Sturgill has a great voice, writes his own songs and plays his own guitar. Would recommend to anyone that is a true country music fan and enjoy's the likes of James Hand, Jamey Johnson and Dale Watson. Can't wait for Sturgill's next album, hopefully we dont have to wait to long. Highly recommended.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Rigby on 24 Oct. 2014
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Brilliant album from a new kid on the block.
Highly recommended.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A Essex on 20 Aug. 2014
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Good CW singer bit better than run of mill enjoyed very much
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Glory Be 6 July 2013
By Candlestickmaker - Published on Amazon.com
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There have been many occasions in the past several years, more really, that I have found myself balled up in a corner, weeping uncontrollably, at the assertion that, what I was listening to on the radio at that time, was "country music". I couldn't comprehend that such a description could be applied to the atrocity being emitted by my high end speakers that deserved so much better. I hate to be overly emotional (and mildly sarcastic), but I felt all was lost. This shameful assault, on an institution so rich in tradition and purity, seemed to have completely eroded that which had been so dear to me. Were it not for the likes of Ray LaMontagne and Brandi Carlile (not that this is that) as alternatives, I might not have made it through. But after such a long drought, in the midst of ever persistent degradation, how was there ever to be a return to former glory?

Thankfully, I have found a beacon of hope in the darkness.

Within moments of listening to Sturgill Simpson I felt an easing of the suffering in the country portion of my soul. This is wonderful traditional country music that is deserving of that label and all it once implied. I don't want to hope for too much and seem ungrateful for as much as I have been given here, but the prospect of music of this sort returning to prominence on country radio does my heart a great deal of good. This perhaps is not the best review I have written, but I encourage you to take this album out for a spin. If you don't end up with a broad smile on your face it must mean you are a programmer for modern day "country" radio. In which case, there are plenty of variations of "redneck yacht club" out there for your consumption.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
True country music is back! 25 Jun. 2013
By E. K. Riley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this cd after seeing Sturgill Simpson open for Dwight Yoakam twice last April. This guy and his outstanding band had the audience's attention from the very first song they played. I was happy when he said that they had the cd for sale before it would be released in June. When I got home and put the cd on, I was overjoyed! This is what country music is missing, actual country music! I love the whole cd, and also love how in addition to the more traditional-sounding country songs, there are also uptempo country/rock songs like "You Can Have The Crown". This is one of the best cds I have heard in a long time in any genre of music. If you have had enough of "pop/country", do yourself a favor and buy this cd!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Amazing traditional country album for 2013 11 Jun. 2013
By Michael Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
This is traditional country music that is rooted in the coal mining hills of Kentucky and the steel pedal country music of the 70's and 80's. This is what country music on today's "Top 40" country radio stations is missing.

He easily barrels down the comfortable and worn country music train tracks with songs like "Railroad of Sin" as well as tugs at heart strings with "Hero".

It's hard not to listen to the album and not be reminded of Waylon Jennings ... and this is a great thing. Beautiful album.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
phenomenal solo début by a working man's country musician/poet 9 April 2014
By TheNoomz83 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With songs reminiscent of Merle Haggard's best about the working man struggling to make it against the odds, and a sound that recalls the relentless drive of Waylon Jennings (an excellent mix of traditional and progressive country), former Sunday Valley frontman Sturgill Simpson simply dazzles with his seemingly effortless ability to compose and sell a song. The fast ones are fun and laced with wit and humor (and at times borderline cynicism born of struggle against unfairness), and the ballads are contemplative and profoundly heartfelt and affecting.

Ten of the songs are Simpson originals, but his closer is a jaw-droppingly perfect take on the late Steven Fromholz's 1973 masterpiece "I'd Have to Be Crazy," best known as a Willie Nelson hit single in 1976.

Top-flight musicianship on every track, starting with Simpson's acoustic and Telecaster guitars, usually backed by steel guitar as well. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Dave Cobb.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Pure 23 July 2014
By Charles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have to start by saying that I'm a new fan who got into Sturgill via his latest release Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. After realizing very quickly that Metamodern was the best Country release in easily 30 years, getting his debut was an immediate priority. I have definitely been rewarded again by doing so. High Top Mountain is every bit as amazing as his latest with slightly less lyrical creativity and a bit weaker power in the overall production being the only aspects that might shave a quarter star off, I decided to round up. You can still hear however, all the brilliance in song craftsmanship and Sturgill Simpson's voice is so strong he powers the melody as equally as any instrument present.

This is where the comparison to Waylon would be truly justified in my view. Most seem to sight the similarities in vocal depth between Waylon and Sturgill but they both truly share a gift of holding a note, via a lyric or otherwise, as long it needs to so as to aid the overall melody driving the track. This was(is) a very specific vocal talent he shares with Merle, Willy, Faron and Lefty so it would seem more appropriate to say Simpson continues a vocal style which has been dead for quite some time aside from the aforementioned artist's current work. But I don't want to over talk the main point in my mini-diatribe that Simpson has an amazing voice both in depth and clarity and he knows exactly how steer a track with said voice being the melodic anchor.

Every song is incredible and picking out favorites is almost impossible however, I do seem to gravitate towards Life Ain't Fair..., Water In A Well, You Can Have The Crown and the beautiful, piano and steel guitar laced Old King Coal. I do highly recommend listening to this release from start to finish. The track sequence and pacing is perfect which makes the album feel like a complete, cohesive body of work with all the parts truly equalling the whole. I can't recommend this release enough, High Top Mountain isn't just an amazingly pure Country album it's also a true work of art in both it's medium and genre. Here's to Sturgill making albums for many years to come.
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