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The Early Widows CD

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  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Six Shooter Records
  • ASIN: B003FXY9ME
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,652 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rutledge,Justin ~ Early Widows

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leicester Bangs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Feb 2011
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Justin Rutledge - The Early Widows (Six Shooter)
This is unexpected. Jason Rutledge's new record marks a substantial change in direction for the Toronto-based alt. country singer-songwriter. I guess I should put that in some kind of context. We're not talking an album of minimalist electronica or Zappa inspired freak-outs, but Rutledge has definitely wandered purposely away from his country roots. This may well be down to the production of Hawksley Workman, a singer-songwriter in his own right, and an artist not generally known for his half-hearted approach to music-making.

So, "The Early Widows" has crossed a line. Guitars are turned up, drummers come in pairs and the whole feel of the record errs towards classic rock, though Rutledge's songs are as good as on previous records and they still take absolute centre stage. Here he experiments with another interesting idea, singing songs in the voice of Cooper, a character from Michael Ondaatje's novel "Divisadero".

Taken as a whole it's mostly enjoyable - the material is engaging and the tunes memorable - though it tails off a little in the second half, and I do suspect I might just have listened to a concept album. It's like 1974 all over again. 7/10.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bungliemutt on 11 Oct 2010
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The somewhat curiously titled 'The Early Widows' is the fourth album from sensitively voiced singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge. Firmly in the tradition of the country-folk troubadour, Rutledge's previous 3 albums delivered quietly voiced sets of sparsely instrumentated and wistful melancholia. Undeniably beautiful though they were, they were never destined for the mainstream. On his new album, there is a new sense of sonic purpose. Fuzzily distorted electric guitars blend with an twangsome echo that occasionally evokes Ryan Adams mixed with The Walkabouts. It is a welcome departure, but sadly there isn't enough of it.

The album starts strongly with the guitar-driven 'Be A Man', followed by the lovely country-tinged 'Jack Of Diamonds', and equally strong 'Heart Of A River'. There is a tendency for things to lose focus in the second half, which drifts back towards quieter sounds. Songs like 'Carry On' outstay their welcome, and the addition of a gospel choir on 'Snowmen' does little to enhance it, leaving the impression that Justin Rutledge is trying a little too hard to find new ways to add more depth to his sound. The closing track 'All Around The World' flirts dangerously with blandness.

Reportedly influenced by a novel by Michael Ondaatje ('Divisadero') which has been turned into a stage production, this album reflects Justin Rutledge's desire to shake things up, having become bored with the sound of his previous work. It is an undoubted step forward, and a positive one at that, but lacks overall consistency. For those unfamiliar with Rutledge's work, this is a good place to start, but all of his albums have merit, and should appeal to those attracted by quiet and wistful Americana. 3.5 stars.
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how did I not know about JR? 20 Jan 2011
By Shelley H. Neidich - Published on
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I stumbled upon JR and bought The Early Windows. This is a fine young alt artist. Beautiful music, a very big surprise. (for me "Snowmen" stands out) His voice and way with words belie his relatively young age. I have ordered another of his albums and look forward to it eagerly. Unfortunately wonderful albums like this are doomed because of the death of album music. In the future there will be no "The Early Windows" to take us to another place.
Good CD for easy listening 17 Feb 2013
By Joan N. Brigham - Published on
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This CD had a song that I had heard on a soap opera, and when I investigated, the song was on this CD. It is pretty good, and the song I bought the CD for is one of my favorite.
Montgomery is my favorite track. Look forward to investigating more of his ... 17 July 2014
By Kenneth C. Hartman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I am a huge fan of, and saw him on the prime playlist "Ryan Adams and more." I added this album to my prime account and wow does it blow me away. Mrs. Montgomery is my favorite track. Look forward to investigating more of his music.
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Tim's opinion 19 July 2010
By Tim Fleck - Published on
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Great anthemic pieces and lyrics. Particularly "I have not seen the light." More complex than his previous albums.
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