Sex And Gasoline - Rodney Crowell
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  • Summary: The fourth album for the Grammy-winning country singer was produced by Joe Henry.
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  1. Along with peers such as Emmylou Harris and John Hiatt, who also launched their careers in the '70s, Crowell seems to have found the fuel to just keep getting better.
  2. 80
    Joe Henry coaxes out his pithy, hard-bitten wisdom with unfussy production. [Oct 2008, p.98]
  3. 80
    Joe Henry's production is spot on, giving Crowell's vocals ample breathing room while acknowledging his excellent support team. [Oct 2008, p.106]
  4. The opening trifecta of Townes Van Zandt-channeling 'Moving Work of Art,' the biting title track, and searing indictment in 'The Rise and Fall of Intelligent Design' sets the disc's theme of unraveling female cultural constraints and represents the Houston Kid at his best.
  5. Aside from occasional brushstrokes of pedal steel guitar, producer Joe Henry extracts most of the "country" from these songs, revealing Crowell to be simply a master songwriter, no matter what the genre.
  6. Still, even at its most strident, Sex and Gasoline is topical and fiercely intelligent in a way that few modern country albums are.
  7. The album’s biggest failing is that it sounds too much like his past three albums. But this also gives this record strength.

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