- Audio CD (4 Sept. 2015)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: New West Records
- ASIN: B00I9UEH7U
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- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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(2014/New West) 11 tracks
Long Journey Home -
Flyboy & The Kid -
Oh What A Beautiful World -
Fever On The Bayou -
Frankie Please -
God Im Missing You -
Famous Last Words Of A Fool In Love -
Somebodys Shadow -
Grandma Loved That Old Man -
Jesus Talk To Mama -
- I Wouldnt Be Me Without You
Top Customer Reviews
Now, on his latest release, Crowell has revisited his own roots and influences with eleven original songs written with his characteristic melodic and literate flourishes.
"Frankie Please" is unashamed rock 'n' roll a la Jerry Lee with some hot guitar and stompin' piano and "Somebody's Shadow" is a honky tonk blues number with atmospheric bar room piano and raunchy tenor sax. Meanwhile "Fever On The Bayou" - co-written with Will Jennings - adds a touch of Cajun to the Nashville sound and "The Flyboy And The Kid" is Texan Americana defined, with accordion, mandolin and dobro adorning some of Crowells finest lyrics.
Among the slower numbers there are a couple of gorgeous love songs including the yearning country waltz "I Wouldn't Be Me Without You" and a poignant duet with Sharon McNally, "Famous Last Words Of A Fool In Love". Then, with just a simple acoustic guitar and a sweet piano, Crowell delivers a heart wrenching reading of "God, I'm Missing You" that he wrote with Mary Karr.
From the opening track "The Long Journey Home", which sounds like it could have been a collaboration with Springsteen, to the closing county folk of "Oh What A Beautiful World" and dedicated to John Denver, "Tarpaper Sky" references Rodney Crowell's continuing journey through life told in his own words and music. He has rarely sounded in better voice and it stands among his very best work, full of hooks, memories, influences, emotions and bittersweet reflections.
Fortunately, whilst not quite coming up to the mark of Old Yellow Moon, on which there was an unbelievable chemistry between the two singers, Crowell puts in a solid performance which should more than please his existing and new followers.
The standouts for me are the opener, The Long Journey Home, which I could hear Springsteen making into a stadium rocker, and The Flyboy & The Kid, which has a feel reminiscent of some of Crowell’s earlier work from The Houston Kid on, as does I Wouldn’t Be Me Without You. Frankie Please evokes memories of Eddie Cochrane and Jesus Talk To Mama has a gospel feel that would have suited Elvis. There’s also the blues-inflected Somebody’s Shadow to further show Crowell’s range of influences, but that still leaves plenty of room for Country.
For me, the only song that doesn’t quite work is Fever On The Bayou, which feels a little self-consciously derivative, churning out the clichés about Jolie Blond and Louisiana Queens, and seems to be tucked into second place so as not to deter further listening but to have been more-or-less forgotten by the end of the record.
If that was indeed the intention, it kind of works. Only an old curmudgeon like me would even bring it up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Being a great fan of Rodney Crowell means you have very high expectations with every record you haven't heard. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Urban
I purchased this CD on my sons recommendation and was so surprised that I actually detracted from my usual purchases of my favourite musical artists and wondered why I've never... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mr. P. S. Caley
Excellent! A great album from an old master - well produced and a pleasure to listen to.Published 19 months ago by Jonathan J. Cornick