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Since his ground-breaking album "Guitar Town," Steve Earle has entranced listeners with his voice and his honest accounts of true-life America. His latest release features instant rock classics such as "Hardcore Troubadour," "Feel Alright," "More Than I Can Do," "Valentine's Day," "CCKMP" and a duet with Lucinda Williams titled "You're Still Standin' There."
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A seemingly unfashionable Steve Earle album, but one I would urge you not to ignore.
If you have the cd then you will know this to be a fantastic album with some great tunes.Buy the vinyl please!!!
This clocks in at barely forty minutes, but it's time well spent in the company of this man who has never to my knowledge made a bad record. I wouldn't quite put it up there with El Corazon, say, or The Mountain, but it's still a fine album, and one that, like all Earle's, grows on you the more you listen to it.
All the twelve songs are written by Steve E, though one or two ring bells and may well be based on more traditional songs. No matter, there isn't a single dud among them, even if a couple seem just a tad workaday.
Some of the songs pack a real punch, hardly surprising since he was going through a difficult period in his often colourful life. Little here hints at the brilliance to come on his 1997 album El Corazon, but you never know with Earle. Following him on his journey from early records such as Copperhead Road and Guitar Town to more recent releases is a fascinating ride, and I Feel Alright - a statement which I believe must have been mostly true - is an essential part of his sometimes traumatic odyssey.
On the last song, the affirmative You're Still Standin' There, he had the happy idea of getting Lucinda Williams (a female Steve Earle - and vice versa - if ever there was one) to duet with him. The result is a splendidly cathartic finale to a superb album of personal songs from one of America's finest and most intelligent contemporary singer-songwriters.
Anyone who loves the man will want this.