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4.0 out of 5 stars Sturgill Simpson - The Antidote to "bad rock with a fiddle", 29 May 2014
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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.

Throughout the song quality is consistently high especially "Voices" and is that a mellotron on the excellent "Just let go"?. Granted Simpson does often sound like one of the old outlaws but you can happily give this reviewer an hour of his rooted authenticity than two minutes of Florida Georgia Line or Luke Bryan. "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music" may contain a large blob of irony in its title but country music needs to honour and develop its great traditions and not just be "bad rock with a fiddle".
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5.0 out of 5 stars " Very pleased with CD, 22 July 2014
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Not heard of this artist before hearing on "Jools." Very pleased with CD, great country voice and backing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sturgill Simpson, 4 Aug 2014
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arrived on time. Best cd I've purchased for a long time, Sturgill will go far, REAL country music
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop playing it!, 1 Jun 2014
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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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