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Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

Sturgill Simpson Audio CD
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When Sturgill Simpson commenced recording his debut solo album, he went into the studio with a rather lofty goal in mind: to make nothing less than “the purest, most uncompromising, hard country album anyone has made in 30 years.” Now that it’s a done deal, how does the Nashville-based singer-songwriter feel he fared? “Well, I’m not gonna say that I did it,” ... Read more in Amazon's Sturgill Simpson Store

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  • Audio CD (12 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Loose Music
  • ASIN: B00J0E40NU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Turtles All The Way Down
2. Life Of Sin
3. Living The Dream
4. Voices
5. Long White Line
6. The Promise
7. A Little Light
8. Just Let Go
9. It Ain't All Light
10. Pan Bowl (bonus track)

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Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Lindi Ortega, Jamey Johnson) produced both Sturgill Simpson albums. Metamodern Sounds In Country Music was recorded live-to-tape at Cobb’s LCS studio in Nashville over four days in late 2013. Rather than being joined by legendary Nashville session players such as Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins and Robby Turner, as he was on his debut, this time around Simpson recorded the album with his own band (bassist Kevin Black, guitarist Laur Joamets and drummer Miles Miller) who were fresh back from a two month US tour - as Simpson puts it ‘4 guys, 4 days and 4 reels of tape’. The title of the album bows to Ray Charles, while the lyrics to lead track ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ nods to psychedelic drug chronicler Rick Strassman and ‘The Promise’ finds Simpson covering UK synth-pop also-rans When in Rome. Simpson’s portrait on the album cover was designed by friend and painter Jason Seiler, who is perhaps best known for illustrating Pope Francis XVI for TIME Magazine’s 2013 ‘Person of the Year’ issue in addition to contributing art to publications such as The New York Times, Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal. Of the album, Simpson comments ‘Myriad worldly offerings—religion, drugs, and more—all claim to be the omnipotent universal truth but in my experience, love is the only certainty. That’s what this record is about.’

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1. Turtles All The Way Down
2. Life Of Sin
3. Living The Dream
4. Voices
5. Long White Line
6. The Promise
7. A Little Light
8. Just Let Go
9. It Ain't All Light
10. Pan Bowl (bonus track)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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It is undoubtedly the case that Sturgill Simpson possesses the best name in country music at the current time. The title of his sophomore album "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music" also suggests a man pushing boundaries and breaking some of the chains which have restricted the genre. A few listens to this album however confirms a sold purveyor of the country music art in the vocal tradition of Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard plus infused with the wider Bakersfield sound. In short its very good but not revolutionary. And perhaps that's the point for in restating some of country's outlaw traditions it does clearly separate Simpsons music from the excruciatingly horrible and slick "bro country" sung by the Nashville equivalents of relatively aged boy bands.

Simpson's music tends to couch the narrative around his music with strong psychedelic leanings and the excellent opening track "Turtles all the way down" is a country masterclass with lyrics more suited to Moby Grape. Thus we find our hero "Standing beneath a tortoise under an elephant under the world", referencing all sorts of metaphysics and tipping a nod on the album to psychedelic guru Rick Strassman. Who cares, it is a great country song which manages not to mention a single bar or a highway. "It ain't all flowers" is even more explicit particularly in terms of its references to drug trips and a variety of exotic substances. At nearly seven minutes it is nevertheless an engaging tale, essentially an updated outlaw song for the internet age. There is more traditional fare to be located on the album with "Long White Line" country road song, while the tender ballad "The Promise" turns out to be an almost unrecognisable cover of When In Rome's 1988 one-hit wonder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop playing it! 1 Jun 2014
By Lex
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I am very selective in my country music listening but every now and again something (usually played by Bob Harris, as this time) makes me pay closer attention. High Top Mountain didn't grab me, sounding rather standard/bland country fare, but this album is a totally different animal. A great voice, a tight band and memorable songs: I understand that the recording was done in very few takes over a few days and you can hear the fresh attack in the singing and playing.

This is my drive to work music!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy s***, there's hope for country music after all 14 May 2014
By kc-scout - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
People loved his first release "High Top Mountain". I thought it was good, not great. His less than a year follow up, "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music" is so unbelievably good, I will downright say this is the album of the decade. I'm not blowing smoke or being coy, its just that good.

I've had this album for a few weeks. If you pre-ordered the first day or so it was offered, they gave you the whole album then. Since then they stopped doing it so it was either a gift for the early pre-orders or a mistake. Either way, I've been playing it a lot over the last few weeks so I think I can give an honest review.

Sturgill has a very deep and Waylon-ish voice. People often hear Waylon in his songs, as do I, but he really has a style and demeanor that is not comparable to Waylon. The sound of the voice is where the comparisons end. The album starts off on a psychedelic turn with "Turtles all the Way Down". Lyrics contain Buddha, the devil, reptile aliens, God, inner light, and so on. But the song does have a purpose and more importantly is a beautifully constructed piece of music. The tone, pace, and instrumentation do a magnificent job of setting the stage for the rest of the album.

The album continues on with honky tonk style songs, covers (and a surprise one at that), and still an occasional psychedelic reference. Its certainly a modern touch on traditional country music and should restore your faith in country music as it has mine. If your tired of pop country and think there's nothing left worth listening to... PLEASE give this album a try.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown Away 18 May 2014
By suz - Published on Amazon.com
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Last weekend on Prairie Home Companion Garrison Keeler hosted this band. Something about this singer, I reached to turn the volume louder. Now, I love all different types of music; classic rock to the rich harmonics of choral music. I love southern rock and Black gospel. I'm eclectic. Sometimes as well I love the sound of silence but this band has reached me deeply. I never quite heard the name of this band..I began a web search using the names I believe I heard Garrison use. I find Sturgill Simpson and the boys... and I order this CD the next day. This music is gospel no doubt but a take I've not ever heard before. Sturgill's songs are sad but they all have a beat unique yet true to country's signature genre. Sturgil's songs are about love and loss and God, whats new about that? Everything under the sun. Sturgil's voice is every country singers' braided into raw talent. He's a velvet prayer shawl hiding the 38 Special on the kitchen counter. I'm going to buy several more copies of this CD, I will send one to Grady Kirkpatrick, host of Wyoming Public Radio who broadcasts live from the University of Wyoming, and a friend of mine. I'm going to send a copy to my girlfriends all of whom will dig this band as much as I do. There's a little dive bar down the road from my home, I'm going to loan the owner my copy to share with his patrons. I wish Sturgill Simpson and his band every success. I'm a fan now and I will be waiting to see them live at Redrocks just as soon as they can get there...
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He somehow got even better! 18 May 2014
By Rob - Published on Amazon.com
I first discovered Sturgill Simpson with his band Sunday Valley. Their performances of "Life ain't fair" and "I wonder" blew me away! I thought I had just found the saviors of country music, so I started to search the internet for anything I could find on these guys and found out they'd just called it quits. Crap... I was incredibly let down. But every once in a while over the next year or so I would check the web for any buzz or news about Sturgill or his band, and eventually talk of a new solo album started to fizzle. So I waited, knowing that the build up would inevitably lead to a let down. And then... High Top Mountain came out. And it blew me away. I was so sure I'd be disappointed by way of my high expectations but I wasn't. Just the opposite, in fact. I was blown away AGAIN!

So, long story short, I went into the Metamodern 'hoopla' with the same mindset. How could I not? Could he really put out another album as good as the first (in the span of a year at that!) and what the hell would it sound like, with a name like "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music." I knew that if it worked, he was a genius. Well it did. Sturgill is a freakin genius. He is his own artist, a point that has become more and more clear to me since I first heard heard the Sunday Valley tracks. Each piece of work he's put out has been pure country goodness. And each work has been better than the last. I don't often read, re-read, or re-re-read an entire album of country music lyrics but I did with this one. That should tell you something about how thoroughly well done and thought out this whole thing is.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The power to convert those who have given up on country music! 25 May 2014
By James S. Ayers - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll start by saying this is the best country album I've heard in over 20 years. It is everything that country music should be and that modern pop country is not. Good lyrics that sound like they were written by a real human with real emotions, well executed songwriting by someone who genuinely respects and enjoys what the genre is really about, and a modern twist on this classic sound that truly makes it his own rather than just trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator.

I've listened to this album at least once a day since it was released (multiple weeks ago), and I don't see any signs of that slowing down soon. Sturgill covers everything from traditional "classic" country, outlaw country, gospel, and everything. I hate modern pop country "trash", and absolutely I love this album. I just hope that it has as much of an effect on other budding musicians as it has had on me.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars County Music's Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band 27 May 2014
By The Peripatetic Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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The minute this album opens with Sturgill Simpson saying, in compressed sound, that "this is the post modern sounds of country music," you know something new and different will follow.

The album is called "post-modern" and is a conscious allusion to the 1960 album of Ray Charles, The Modern Sounds of Country and Western Music." Ray Charles expanded the idiom of country music by infusing it with slow blues, soul and jazz. Simpson is doing the same thing with Country by injecting a healthy dose of psychedelia into Country. Simpson's experimentation with country is equally successful. Simpson weaves his Country twang, guitar licks and steel pedals moaning, and the Country concerns with love lost, love found, love unrequited, self-doubts and self-medicating, with echos, reverb, backward recording, and channel fluctuations, to produce a convincing portrait of the inner meditations of a singer in transition.

He has produced something more. This album is like the Beatles' Sgt Pepper, in which every song was an innovation, every song attempted to stretch the musical idiom even farther. Similarly, Simpson is taking Country to musical lands it has never been before.

The highpoint is "It Ain't All Flowers," the longest track on the album. It is a meandering journey in and out of reality, with the backwards recording of a bass line, interrupted by the world-weary voice of Simpson.

Even though Simpson delves deep within himself to sing his soul, he never loses sight of his country roots. It is first and foremost a country album. It is country laced with a dose of psychedelia, and he somehow manages to make the two halves work. His finished product is pure ear-candy.
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