Midnight At The Movies - Justin Townes Earle
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  • Summary: The second album for the son of Steve Earle was produced by RS Field and Steve Poulton.
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  1. The result is a nearly flawless, organic LP.
  2. He organically forges those into an utterly distinctive voice that takes what's come before and artfully moves it forward with the power of a certain steel-driving man.
  3. The striking thing about Justin Townes Earle's new record is the variety of styles it visits in just over 30 minutes. Just as striking, this variety doesn't come across as dabbling or disparity.
  4. On his 2008 debut, Justin Townes Earle, son of rebel troubadour Steve Earle, seemed like he was getting up to speed with classic country and folk forms. But he sounds like a natural–born honky–tonker on his new album.
  5. Midnight At The Movies is already a strong contender for Americana album of the year. [Spring 2009, p.78]
  6. Earle cleverly uses the almost-hokey comfort of his music to couch lyrics with deep sadness, rescued from desperation only by the resulting irony.
  7. Earle’s first album, "The Good Life," may have been a better album judged on a track-by-track basis, but Midnight at the Movies is more cohesive.

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  1. DougP
    Jun 1, 2009
    8
    Great feeling album, great songwriting and even better delivery. Definite thumbs up.