Harlem River Blues - Justin Townes Earle
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  • Summary: The third album for the son of Steve Earle was produced with Skylar Wilson.
  • Record Label: Bloodshot
  • Genre(s): Country, Alt-Country, Rockabilly, Americana, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Harlem River Blues is Justin Townes Earle's crowning moment. It's relaxed without being tiresome, vintage without being gimmicky. Most importantly, it's great. The songs are great, the lyrics are great and there's not a weak song on it.
  2. Given Earle's often morose and sardonic bent as a lyricist, the shift toward blues suits him well, making for his strongest album to date.
  3. Slippin' And Slidin' on Harlem River Blues, probably the 28-year-old's strongest album yet, hints at that tendency. Slippin' And Slidin' on Harlem River Blues, probably the 28-year-old's strongest album yet, hints at that tendency.
  4. Harlem River Blues is utterly balanced, skillfully crafted, and exquisitely written and produced. Earle proves that he is a force to be reckoned with; in these grooves he embodies the history, mystery, and promise of American roots music.
  5. Dec 20, 2010
    80
    Steve's boy finally finds his voice on this third record. [Dec 29010, p.104]
  6. Jan 27, 2011
    80
    Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot Records) ranks alongside the best American roots music being made at the moment and his concerts should not be missed.
  7. For all its strengths, Harlem River Blues never comes together thematically. Like his characters, Earle never seems to know where he wants to be.

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