Jerusalem - Steve Earle
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  • Summary: The roots rocker tackles a variety of tough, contemporary issues on this latest release, perhaps his most political, issue-oriented album yet. Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris guest.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
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  1. In the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Woody Guthrie and even Bruce Springsteen, Earle has a knack for hard-nosed poetry.
  2. Another sterling and fearless entry in the Earle discography.
  3. Jerusalem is consciously ugly and gnarled, its characters troubled and troubling. [4 Oct 2002, p.153]
  4. 80
    The eclectic, pan-genre disc opens -- as did 2000's Transcendental Blues -- as an unabashed rocker, but this time around Earle uses the heavy artillery to underscore weightier worldly themes.
  5. Most of the music here finds Earle in admirable form. [Oct 2002, p.106]
  6. His most strident work in years.
  7. Unfortunately, for every song that pulls at the heartstrings or prompts a minor political epiphany, Earle has included muddled-headed efforts that don't pass muster.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
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