I Feel Alright

 
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A little bit country, a little bit rock & roll, Steve Earle has bounced between those extremes for years, producing great albums of nearly-straight country and totally-hard rock. On I Feel Alright, though, Earle finally finds a way to blend the styles seamlessly. Whether begging for a forgiveness he probably doesn't deserve on the deceptively sweet "Valentine's Day," or steadfastly refusing even the idea of forgiveness on the Stonesy "Unrepentant," Earle rocks and twangs in equal measure--and never more thrillingly than on "You're Still Standing There," his grateful duet with Lucinda Williams. Earle's best work, at least so far. --David Cantwell

Customer Reviews:

  • Better than Alright
    Here's a man who has been addicted to heroin for 25 years, married 5 times, spent three of the last 5 years in jail, and *BOOM* puts out a well-rounded album of Rock-n-Roll, rockabilly, blues, country, and folk songs. I liked him before, but he never put out an album like this before.

    The man can write incredible songs...amazing songs (check out his official website for proof; almost every song he's released has been covered.) Let's talk about the conflicts that we find here: Steve vs. the devil, Steve vs. Cocaine, Steve vs. woman, Steve vs. man, Steve vs. Himself etc. There's sensitive moments ("Valentine's Day"), painful ones ("Cocaine Cannot kill my Pain") as well as beautiful pop songs ("More than I can do" or his duet with Lucinda Williams, "You're Still Standing There"), many of which will probably be hits for someone else in the future, but here they are done by the last of the hard-core troubadours, and he feels alright....more info

  • Steve Earle IS Alt-Country
    Alt-Country bands like Uncle Tupelo and Whiskeytown have gotten a lot of attention, but I can't think of any artist who defines the genre like Steve Earle. Unlike most alt-country bands, which often have one distinctive sound, every latter-day Steve Earle album is like a virtual tour through the varied American genres that feed into the now-trendy "alt-country" label: pile-driving rock, classic country-rock, Americana, traditional country and folk, and touches of bluegrass to keep things interesting. From one track to the next, Steve Earle hops from genre to genre, and does justice to each one. His work is, quite simply, a melting pot of great American music, both reverent and innovative at the same time....more info
  • One of the best albums i've ever known...
    How can anyone get sick of this album...the stories are great, the bluesy rock n roll, and of course you know Steve Earle means it cause'this stuff was written after he kicked heroin and had just got out of jail...well, Steve, thanks, cause'everytime i put this album on, i feel alright...the duet at the end is what i want to dance to with my wife when i get married...each song is so great that i won't even go into detail...the second song is dedicated to Bruce Springsteen and South Nashville blues tells the tale of someone just out of jail wanting to go back...amazing, amazing American album...truly an American great......more info
  • I'm Feelin' it, Too
    While some of Steve Earle's other albums may garner him a little more attention (certainly THE REVOLUTION STARTS...NOW is an example of his more politically charged material) I really admit to loving this cd. It might not have as many explosive criticisms or social comments, no firebrand lyrics, but that's ok (not every outing needs to ruffle feathers). This album is good...it's pure Steve Earle: part hard rocker, part country boy, 100% storyteller. Anyone who likes Copperhead Road should give this cd a chance.

    There are soft moments where Steve lets his hair down and proves that he can handle a soft ballad (example: the plaintive "Valentine's Day") as well as the more up-beat, in-your-face country/rock offerings (like "Poor Boy" or "Hard-Core Troubadour"). His duet with Lucinda Williams on the last track entitled "You're Still Standing There" is NOT to be skipped.

    In a strange way, Earle is very similar to a wide range of other well-known and much loved storytellers (Dylan, Cash, and Kristofferson to name a few)...and yet he's also a little ZZ Top, a little CCR, even Grateful Dead. He's "the last of the all-night, do right/stand beneath your window 'til daylight" kinda guys. He's someone who's difficult to categorize, really because he never stays in one place. He could easily produce 10 more albums that sound much the same as this one, and yet he wouldn't dare. That'd be boring.

    Do yourself a big favor and listen to tracks #2, 3, and 12 especially.

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  • The Best
    It's all been said, but I wanted to pile on and say this is Steve's best album and there are Zero Weak songs on this album. A pleasure to listen to from start to finish. The sound quality is unbeatable also. The use of analog equipment is the key. It doesn't sound digital like some of his 80's records and so much of today's music....more info
  • Top American Artist
    This is the album that began to put Steve Earle into the category of the best american musical artist currently working. From the opening strands of "I Feel Alright" to the closing pop tune of " You're Still Standing There", there's not a misstep on the album. Train A Comin' began Earle's return to form, but this is the first major step on the way to his stature as a premier artist. As a group the trilogy of: this record, along with "El Corazon" and "Transcendental Blues" is as great a trio of records as any artist has released since the early days of Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and The Beatles. I used to think El Corazon was Earle's creative peak, but the more I listen to I Feel Alright, the more I can't separate the two. Anyone out there who likes rock and roll, alt country, or alt folk will love this record. From the raucous "Unrepentant" to the quiet "Valentines Day", to the twangy "South Nashville Blues", every base is covered and there's not a bad track on it....more info
  • A must have
    This CD sounds as good as a CD can sound - The music jumps out of the speakers as if it were a needle hitting the record - A great collection of songs, some of the best of Earle's second career but one of the best sounding (if not the best)CD I have ever heard - a great CD all around...more info
  • great stuff
    This is one great album..I can listen to it every day and it never gets old..A masterpiece!...more info
  • Hard-Core Troubadour!
    Not sure what the CD is like yet...I just ordered it for one song that was on the soundtrack to "Talladega Nights - The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" - Hard-Core Troubadour. What a great song. If you have seen the movie, you know the song! If the rest of the CD is anything like Hard-Core, it will be great....more info
  • THANK YOU STEVE EARLE
    Steve's done a lot of great music but this one gets almost daily play by me--if you only own one Steve Earle CD this is the one (but if you are smart, you at least own Jerusalem as well...)

    People who don't listen to Steve because they listened to some right wing media spin doctor distort his political views and misquote his songs are missing out on a great talent and are blindly following others as misinformed as they are....

    Thanks Steve for the great music...more info

  • STEVE'S ALRIGHT!!
    I FEEL ALRIGHT finds MR EARLE in a mostly bouyant mood apart from the harrowing CCKMP which chronicles his addiction and is powerful stuff.POOR BOY could be ELVIS at the mike and the duet with LUCINDA WILLIAMS on YOURE STILL STANDING THERE is charming.
    Undemanding fayre but a pleasant way to pass 30 odd minutes....more info
  • Im Alive, I Feel Alright
    With a clear head and a surviving exhaltation, I Feel Alright serves notice that Steve Earle has re-surfaced from the depths of his drug impaired personal situation with a backlog of songs that literally pour out from the speakers. Continuing to call on his own experiences in an virtually auto-biographical manner, confessions such as "Hard Core Troubardors" rock and wink as he challenges his protaganists to think twice about getting involved with him in the first place.

    Filled with instantly repeatable choruses and jublilant melody, "More Than I Can Do" and "You're Still Standing There" are cause for constant replay. This CD sets the standard for any future offering from Earle or any other serious singer songwriter for that matter. Included are soon to be standards of Earle's live performances, "Valentine's Day", "South Nashville Blues", and the "Unrepentant".

    Taken singularly, a Steve Earle album can hold its own with most any other writer, but taken as a body of work, it becomes a standard that challenges all comers. Guitar Town was only a beginning, and a compromise to Nashville production standards of the time, but once the listener begins the journey started with "Exit O", "The Hard Way", and then "I Feel Alright" an increasingly justified appreciation for a certain wreckless genius unfolds....more info
  • A Tour of Musical Treats!
    I love this CD! It's such a derivative compilation of music. Each song has its own muse and inspiration - from the Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly, Dylan, Elvis (yes, Elvis - listen to Valentine's Day) to simply Steve Earle at his very best. I don't get tired of listening to this CD. Train a Comin' is a personal favorite, but this CD is better. Feel Alright, the lead song, is simply wicked. My sentimental favorite is Hurtin' Me, Hurtin' You - it's a great love song and similar to Nothin' Without You on Train a Comin'. Billy and Bonnie is also a great lyrical treat and Steve sings it so beautifully.

    I can't say enough good things about Steve Earle. I only discovered him a couple of years ago. He's leaves other heavy-weights like Lyle Lovett in the ditch in a heavy dust?

    Buy it now!...more info

  • Not a Comeback but a fresh start
    Like so many of his predecessors, Steve Earle has managed tofinally get it together and produce a remarkable album. Twingedwith the melancholy that comes from living a life, six marriages behind him, this is a must for any music lover who has a pallate that ranges from Bob Dylan and Springsteen to John Hiatt and John Prine. Listen to the cuts from Hard Core Troubadour ("Girl, better figure out which is which, Wherefore art thou Romeo you son of a bitch") and More than I Can Do ("Just because you won't unlock your door, that don't mean you don't love me no more.") Then buy the CD so you can hear Valentine's Day and the lovely duet with Lucinda Williams....more info
  • It Really Doesn't Get Any Better...
    There are a handful discs released by American rock artists in the 90's that are destined to be considered outright classics many years down the line. In this category, I would put "10" by Pearl Jam, "Girlfriend" by Matthew Sweet, "Anodyne" by Uncle Tupelo, "August and Everything After" by Counting Crows, Dylan's "Time out of Mind", and this disc by Steve Earle.

    I bought it the day it came out, it has never left the changer since. I doubt more than a month has EVER gone by since when I did not listen to this CD. This disc covers the gamut of 'americana' styles, and touches on nearly all of the complexities of the human condition in some way - most in passing, but some quite intently. There's bluegrass, country, rock, pop, classic rock, alt country - everything but hip-hop and metal is covered on this BRILLIANT cd. It helps to remember that this is his first major release after his release from prison on heroin charges and subsequent 'twelve stepping' his way back to sobriety after a 20 year drug habit that almost killed the man.

    With the exception (IMHO) of CCKMP, which I feel is a touch 'heavy-handed', EVERY SONG here is a classic. When you listen to it, you find yourself thinking "that one MUST be a cover of some classic tune" or "this must be his greatest hits cd". It's like there's no way all these songs could be on one album, all written by one person. It's THAT good. Trust me.

    There are some unbelievable 'moments' on this album, when the words meet the melodies and the music behind them paints the exact picture the lyrics are meant to convey. Steve simply reaches a level of songwriting perfection rarely seen in music today. Case in point: I don't think it'd be possible to write a more beautiful song than "Valentines Day", even given a million monkeys and a million years. When he's singing "there's so much I wanna say - but all the words just slip away - the way you love me everyday is valentines day" in that gruff voice of his, over that perfectly subtle string section and male voice choir? Well, lets just say: it is touching enough to bring a tear to anyone's eye. Well, at least to anyone who has really known the ups and downs of life and love. Although it took until I was at a point in life when that song 'applied' before I realized how truly poignant and perfect that song is, once I got it, I really "got it", and now the tune takes me back to that moment every time. Sometimes, it still makes me cry, though the source of the original heartache is long forgotten.

    This cd is like that in a lot of places. The closing duet with Lucinda Williams is similarly bordering on utter perfection in terms of voice, music, lyrics, poignancy. It is all just so REAL ...

    Like most great records, I Feel Alright has so much personality that it becomes like a good friend - always there when you need it, offering advice, cheering you up. It has become "a part of my life", after all these years, and I really think everyone should have a friend like this...

    Buy it. You won't be disappointed....more info

  • I Feel It's a Darn Good Album
    Steve Earle went all the way to the edge of chemical oblivion and managed to pull himself back from the brink. He sings about it frankly on "CCKMP," which stands for Cocaine Cannot Kill My Pain, one of the most harrowing songs ever commited to wax (plastic?). It is the centerpiece to "I Feel Alright," which marked the return of Earle as a creative force after all of his personal troubles. No, it is not a happy album, but it also isn't a world class bummer fest like Neil Young's classic "Tonight's the Night." The best of the remaining tracks are "Harcore Troubadour," the title track, the ballad "Valentine's Day," "South Nashville Blues," and the duet with Lucinda Williams," You're Still Standing There," the astonishment of which could be directed at Earle himself. Not every track is a classic, but enough of them are to make it a first rate album....more info
  • A new Steve Earle fan
    I just "found" Steve Earle and now I have 5 albums. I stumbled on him through an Emmylou Harris cover and through his association with Townes Van Zandt.
    Mr. Earle is indeed the last of the "hard-core troubadours."
    This is a man who can balance "edge" and "polish," nice-sounding sentiments and keen irony in his lyrics. He is his own contradiction.
    Next time Mr. Earle plays in Boulder, I'll be there....more info
  • This album isn't alright...it's awesome
    The theme of this album is simple: Steve Earle got himself healthy again and was ready to show that he could confront his past and rock out again with the best of 'em. After being one of popular music's biggest outlaws in the late '80s, Steve effectively disappeared in the early '90s as his years and years of drug use took over his life. He called it his "vacation in the ghetto." When he finally agreed to go to rehab, Steve was afraid to jump back into his old image too quickly. For him, loud guitars meant money, and money meant drugs, and he wasn't ready for that yet. Thus he recorded the phenomenal all-acoustic masterpiece Train a Comin' in 1995, his way of easing himself back into the recording process. The following year, well, Steve began to feel alright again and he plugged the guitars back in and recorded one of the great albums of the modern era (which could be said about any of his albums, in truth).

    Allow me to be blunt here. Turn this album up as high as you can tolerate it, and be ready to peel the paint off the walls, because from its opening to its closing, this album rips...Nashville renegade way. The sound of Steve's guitar in "Feel Alright"'s first chords is pristine and jumps right out at you. Fans of HBO's The Wire will recognize this song from the closing montage from season 2 (and of course Earle plays a character on the show). The guitars jangle, the drums pound, and Steve's harmonica blows like a hurricane as he sings about all the people who doubted him, wanted to take advantage of him, and never liked him to begin with. "Be careful what you wish for friend, 'cause I've been to hell and now I'm back again. I feel alright," Steve sings, and we know that all is right in Steve's world again.

    "Hard-Core Troubadour" comes next, and is a fast-paced redneck romp that grabs you right from the first drum smash and doesn't let up until it's over. The guitars snarl as Steve weaves his words around the tale of "the last of the hard-core troubadours," a phrase that has now become his nickname. "More Than I Can Do" blasts off with Steve's harmonica playing as he sings a rockin' love song about not being able to give up the one he loves. This one moves so fast that you may not even realize the beauty of the chords, but it's there; the chord structure is excellent. "Hurtin' Me, Hurtin' You" is a slower, arpeggiated ballad about hurting his loved one(s). As I said above, that's part of the theme of this album, dealing with his past and the way he was pre-rehab. Steve croons the lyrics as the song goes on, showing his rock side a bit near the end before declaring that he "never meant to be cruel or untrue...I'm just hurtin' me when I'm hurtin' you."

    "Now She's Gone" is another harmonica-based song that, effectively, acts as an alt-rock "sequel" to the subject of The Beatles' "She's Leaving Home." As always, Steve's lyrics are perfect, one of the masterful lyricists of our time: "She always kept on movin' and she never wasted time, and they said she left quite a string of broken hearts behind. Woke up alone and now she's gone." The next song, "Poor Boy," is a very rockabilly tune about being born into the wrong stock and having to try to make his way through life and love as he tries to figure out what a poor boy's gonna do. The beginning and end are regular romps, but it rocks during the middle solo section. It's followed by the album's first soft song, the lovely "Valentine's Day," one of the most beautiful songs Steve ever wrote. Written on February 13th (my birthday!), this song describes the true situation of Steve simply forgetting about Valentine's Day and having nothing to give but his love (and this song). This is, simply, one of the greatest love songs ever written, and every single thing about it shines, from Steve's cracked vocals to the chord structure to the string arrangement to the background vocals from the Fairfield Four. Steve sings, "I know that I swore that I wouldn't forget. I wrote it all down; I lost it, I guess. There's so much I want to say, but all the words just slip away. The way you love me every day is Valentine's Day." Do yourself a favor: forget about your next Valentine's Day gift and sing this song to the person you love instead.

    The song ends and the loud cracks of "The Unrepentant" begin. This song is the heaviest on the album, and is basically Steve's way of affirming what he used to be like. He howls about being unafraid of consequences, of not caring what anybody said to him, of staring down the devil himself...and then it drones out into the Eastern-influenced CCKMP, a song that Steve wrote before ever going into rehab but never recorded because his drug use took over his life. As he sings, "Cocaine cannot kill my pain," and "Heroin is the only thing, the only gift that darkness brings," he instills in the listener the darkness that he went through in his own drug use. This is the first of two songs on the album to blatantly deal with his former drug use, and as Steve says, he likes to play them together when he can, just as a reminder to himself what he used to be like. "Billy and Bonnie" is a light-hearted story-driven song about two thieves and their travails together. The lyrics are the highlight of this one.

    Next comes the other drug song, "South Nashville Blues." Whereas "CCKMP" was dark, this one is light and exactly what you'd expect it to sound like from the title. "CCKMP" dealt with the after effect of the drugs; "South Nashville Blues" deals with the obtaining of them: "I took my pistol and a hundred dollar bill...I had everything I needed to get me killed." And, too soon, the album ends with the lovely Lucinda Williams duet, "You're Still Standing There." They sing two sides of a tale of a man not knowing where he's headed in life except back to the woman he loves, even as the world keeps turning round and round and life goes on outside of him. A great way to end the album.

    Bottom line? If you want to experience a natural high, get in your car, get on an open road, pop in this album, and turn the volume up. Steve was ready to confront his demons and he felt alright doing it. Be ready to listen, and be thankful that you did.
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  • Makes Me Feel Alright
    I was a big Steve Earle fan in the late 80s, had all of his earlier albums. I was living in Canada at the time, where Earle has always been more popular than in the U.S. He spiraled into the drug thing, years passed, and he finally started putting out new records. I had moved on. Not listened to another Steve Erale album for 15 years. Then I was browsing through the last Rolling Stone record guide and decided I should give this CD a shot.

    Holy s*, this is awesome stuff. The songs and the playing are outstanding from start to finish. You want to hear emotional commitment to music, look no further.

    The harmonica on several tracks is a great touch. The good-timey rollicking effect of a lot of the music is belied by the lyrics. I like that. While I'm tapping my toes to great music, this guy is proclaiming he's been to hell and back and he feels alright d* it.

    If you're even a casual Steve Earle fan, don't hesitate to buy this CD. If you're looking for a place to start, I couldn't recommend a better place than this. As for myself, I've got some catching up to do with Mr. Earle's output over the last 10 years....more info
  • EARLE'S COMEBACK ALBUM
    After years of battling cocaine and heroin addictions, and a stint in prison, Earle finally conquered his demons and came back clean and sober in 1996 with "I Feel Alright". What a surprise this album was! Comeback albums are not suppose to be this good. This was his best album since 1988's "Copperhead Road". This also marked the end of his affiliation with MCA Records, and his first recording for Warner Brothers and his own record label E-Squared Records. After doing several albums in the early 90's that had everything from all acoustic music, to a live album, to releasing a greatest hits compilation, Earle finally came back to what he does best, hard rockin' country that harkens back to the days of "Copperhead Road" and "Exit O". On the opener "I Feel Alright", Earle tells us he's been to the depths of hell, but now he's back. This is a pretty damned good song, but it gets even better with his next one, "Hardcore Troubadour". After hearing this one, I knew Earle was back. To my ear, this is one of the best songs Earle has ever penned. He addresses his drug past with CCKMP (cocaine can't kill my pain), and the rockin" Unrepentant". Some of the other standouts here are "More Than I Can Do", Now She's Gone", and the album closer "You're Still Standing There", which features a duet with the talented Lucinda Williams. One of the people who had the biggest influence on Steve Earle's music is Townes Van Zandt, who taught Earle the fine art of storytelling. Earle has learned this well, along with his knack for being able to compose great melodies. It's a great combination to have. That's why Steve Earle casts a giant shadow over just about everybody of his genre. As for "I Feel Alright", if somebody told me this this is the best thing Earle has ever done, it would be hard for me to argue the point. This is a magnificent record that you can put on the mantle with all his other 5 star releases....more info
  • REAL MUSIC
    In my opinion, Steve Earle is the pinnacle of singer, songwriter, etc...The man can take you anywhere he wants to when
    you sit down to listen to him. All his recordings are great, but I FEEL ALRIGHT is my favorite. It makes me holler, boogie and jump around! His recordings always sound like he's in the room with you, spilling his guts. You've got to get this one....more info
  • I'm sure it's good but
    ...I'll never buy another CD from the ultra-left wing, politically abrasive, wonderfully talented Steve Earle. If he wants to appease Saddam Hussein by agreeing in principle with the appeasers on the "Not in My Name Crowd," then he has lost my longtime appreciation for his talent. It's a matter of principle....more info
  • Still going, still defiant
    Steve Earle addresses the world and his own cadre of naysayers with the title track, in which he sings defiantly, "I Feel Alright." On the very next song, though, he admits that he's still a "Hard-Core Troubadour" and thank goodness for all of us that he is. Earle seems to reconcile himself to himself on this album, admitting his thirst for the road and for the hard life of a musician, while simultaneously being chastened by his many brushes with the law, with addiction, and with sundry angry wives and ex-wives. On "Poor Boy," Earle does his usual uncanny work, sounding something like a mature Buddy Holly or a less dark Johnny Cash (yes, I know it sounds like that couldn't possibly be the same voice, but it is). The song sounds like a classic--old, been around for awhile, but still fresh and listenable--but it's a new song with everything to offer. From the sweet sunny innocence of "Poor Boy," Earle moves on to the spooky "CCKMP" (which stands for "Cocaine Can't Kill My Pain") and as soon as you think it's going to be an "I've straightened up and worked things out" song, you listen to the fourth verse in which Earle croons, "Heroin is the only thing/the only gift the darkness brings" and it just sends a chill down your spine. Steve Earle doesn't get any better than this--oh, wait, maybe he does. Yep. He always does....more info
  • Another great record from Earle
    After a series of what has now been five 5 strong albums after his release, it's now almost hard to remember back to the time when Earle was, as he calls it in album's liner notes, "locked up." "I Feel Alright" was actually the second album Earle released after his release, but it is the single Earle record that addresses that period of his life most directly, and more than that, his most personal record either before or after kicking the heroin habit that threatened to ruin his career. From the tough acoustic rhythm and determined spirit that power the title track, to the bluesy dispair of "CCKMP" and "South Nashville Blues," Earle gives it all he's got for the first time since Copperhead Road. It's definately worth the effort once again. "Hard-Core Troubadour" is the kind of tune Springsteen should have written for "Born to Run." "Now She's Gone" shows that men don't have a monopoly on being bad. The bluesy shuffle and class rift of "Poor Boy" would have fit right into a Hank Williams record. "Billy and Bonnie" tells the truth about modern day Bonnie and Clydes in the form of a perfect folk ballad. 'Valentine's Day" offers a moment of quite poetry. Among the strongest tracks is the album's closer, a jangly, folky duet with the ever-brilliant Lucinda Williams....more info
  • Steve at his best
    "Hardcore Troubadour" is reason enough to love this CD; I defy any serious music lover, be it of hard rock, folk, country, blues or alt, not to love that tune. The title track along with the Lucinda Williams duet "You're Still Standing There" are also examples of Steve Earle at the top of his game. I could do without the sappy "Valentine's Day" but I forgive you, Steve, you old romantic.

    Having been listening to and loving the particular genius of Steve Earle since the Copperhead Road days, I have found music on every release to appreciate, but this is my current favorite. If you're a fan don't miss it; if you aren't you will be after you hear this disk. ...more info
  • Im Alive, I Feel Alright
    With a clear head and a surviving exhaltation, I Feel Alright serves notice that Steve Earle has re-surfaced from the depths of his drug impaired personal situation with a backlog of songs that literally pour out from the speakers. Continuing to call on his own experiences in an virtually auto-biographical manner, confessions such as "Hard Core Troubardors" rock and wink as he challenges his protaganists to think twice about getting involved with him in the first place.

    Filled with instantly repeatable choruses and jublilant melody, "More Than I Can Do" and "You're Still Standing There" are cause for constant replay. This CD sets the standard for any future offering from Earle or any other serious singer songwriter for that matter. Included are soon to be standards of Earle's live performances, "Valentine's Day", "South Nashville Blues", and the "Unrepentant".

    Taken singularly, a Steve Earle album can hold its own with most any other writer, but taken as a body of work, it becomes a standard that challenges all comers. Guitar Town was only a beginning, and a compromise to Nashville production standards of the time, but once the listener begins the journey started with "Exit O", "The Hard Way", and then "I Feel Alright" an increasingly justified appreciation for a certain wreckless genius unfolds....more info
  • Back in the saddle
    Hard on the heels of the somewhat barebones "Train a Comin'," this album brought Steve Earle all the way "back" and directly into his prime. This album represents the best of his unique fusion of country and rock 'n' roll. He has a knack for writing simple, hard-driving, exuberant songs like "More Than I Can Do." One of his best, and not at all "political," which is a big topic in the reviews....more info

 

 
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