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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  1. ChrisC.
    Oct 4, 2002
    10
    I got this off the newsgroups a couple months ago. I've been blown away by it every day since. Beyond the one controversial song (John Walker's Blues) this is a consistently strong album both musically and lyrically. Steve Earle was really pissed off about a wide variety of things and it's quite obvious throughout the first half of the album. I kinda dig this global warming thing too, Steve. Thanks for having the balls to speak your mind instead of being a moronic cheerleader like Macca tried to be. It didn't work for him, and it probably won't sell a lot of records, but what a great album. Go buy this one. I did, even though I had already downloaded it from the newsgroups. I'd give him another 20 bucks right now if he showed up at my door. Best Album of 2002. At least so far. Expand
  2. kevinw
    Dec 1, 2003
    10
    its great
  3. BobR
    Dec 1, 2003
    10
    it sux
  4. MichaelL.
    Nov 28, 2002
    9
    This man is a creative genius. Rarely do you find a singer who writes nearly all his songs,this album is another great. Steve makes you listen to the words in his songs. Expand
  5. JohnB.
    Oct 9, 2002
    8
    The duet with Emmylou Harris is amazing.
  6. AaronL.
    Oct 7, 2002
    8
    Though provoking, honest, harsh, and beautiful. His best since "I Feel Alright."
  7. ChristopherN.
    Oct 8, 2002
    7
    Although not his best work, it's clearly an interesting album, songwise. The music itself isn't much different from other Earle efforts, but all-in-all a solid album. Expand

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