• Record Label: Vanguard
  • Release Date: Jun 30, 2009
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Divine blues and roots from Americana veteran.
  2. The former Band drummer and cancer survivor's vocals sound grizzled and glorious on Electric Dirt.
  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. 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.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 28, 2010
    8
    Levon, Levon, Levon! Nice job. The production is clean and uncomplicated. the songs crafted for extended listening sessions. In today'sLevon, 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. Full Review »
  2. ByronLJ
    Jul 5, 2009
    8
    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 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. Full Review »
  3. JeromeL
    Jul 2, 2009
    8
    A wonderfully energetic and soulful album of the sort that only Mr. Helm could deliver.