Electric Dirt - Levon Helm
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  • Summary: Larry Campbell produces the follow-up to Levon Helm's Grammy-winning album, Dirt Farmer.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
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  1. Divine blues and roots from Americana veteran.
  2. The organic, timeless quality of that voice--especially haunting on Helm's own tale of a farmer's struggle, 'Growing Trade'--is offset by the sweetness of his daughter Amy's harmony singing, as well as by bright eddies of slide guitar and mandolin, all of it creating an appealing balance.
  3. He sings of the land and of people who struggle to hold on to some small piece of it. It's especially powerful considering the ways in which he's transcended significant struggles of his own.
  4. Helm blends the secular and gospel worlds with an almost seamless precision. Fans of the Band will love this.
  5. Electric Dirt sounds fresh, emphatic, and as effective as anything Levon has cut since the mid-'70s, and one can only hope he has a few more discs in him just this good.
  6. Helm struts his slippery shell-game groove on 'Jed' and works it deftly throughout. But he digs deepest here with his voice, which veers between soulful stoicism and boozy yowl.
  7. It's driven by Helm's warm, amazingly rich moonshine vocals and decorated with bluesy guitar sprinkles, angelic violins and lovely harmonies by his daughter Amy of the folk-rock outfit Ollabelle.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. JeromeL
    Jul 2, 2009
    A wonderfully energetic and soulful album of the sort that only Mr. Helm could deliver.
  2. ByronLJ
    Jul 5, 2009
    It's arguable that this record is better than his last. This is surely a contender for album of the year. There are not many Artists who were playing in bands 40 years ago, still putting out great albums. Expand
  3. Oct 28, 2010
    Levon, Levon, Levon! Nice job. The production is clean and uncomplicated. the songs crafted for extended listening sessions. In today's world we need more music of this type and quality. Farmer up and go! Many want to be him but only he can be himself. Expand