Blame The Vain - Dwight Yoakam
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  • Summary: The country singer self-produced these dozen songs, which amount to the 18th album of his career.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. This is inspired stuff from a rebel who still has plenty to offer.
  2. His most inspired effort in years.
  3. Represents a new peak in a career full of them.
  4. The slight excursions into new genres don't go very far, and they make some of the straighter music sound rote by comparison, but about the worst that can be said about Blame The Vain is that songs like the jangly country anthem "When I First Came Here" are professional-grade.
  5. 70
    There's an edge that's been absent in recent years. [Jul 2005, p.99]
  6. Works on the age-old theory that if it ain't broke, don't fix it--and it is all the better for it. [Jul 2005, p.120]
  7. 60
    Not that much has changed sound-wise. [Jul 2005, p.114]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. JudyL.
    Dec 21, 2006
    10
    An excellent album by a master of the craft.
  2. terrig
    Sep 9, 2005
    10
    not a bad song on this album..its pure dwight
  3. rmsmith
    Jul 2, 2005
    9
    one of the strongest country albums of the last few years... the bakersfield sound is there, ditto the retro sound of chris isaak... the presentation of how his `woman done left him` almost sounds like he's trying to make one last communication with his fallen comrade warren zevon... highly recommended! Expand
  4. JMO'Connell
    Jul 22, 2005
    9
    Dwight proves that one can exist and thrive outside of the "mainstream." His well-documented blend of 3-5 different musical styles continues to work because, simply, very few other artists do it. The man's lyrics are rarely discussed, his formulations are evocative and intelligent. Plus, he rocks. Watch out though, because you'll be grooving and then suddenly some massive steel guitar will be wailing. Expand
  5. NickM
    Jul 31, 2006
    9
    Wonderful CD. I don't think that it is as good as his older stuff, however it is still high quality. Dwight has gotta be one of the most under-rated artists in today's country music scene. Expand
  6. ReggieD
    Sep 18, 2005
    9
    Its not just because my dad gets drunk and passes out to Dwight blaring every single night that I believe in the stern sentimentality that perseveres and flows through an album here-to-fore regarded as the Abbey Road of West Coast hillbilly entanaments Expand