Sex And Gasoline

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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. The 58-year-old songsmith shifts gears and lets someone else produce for a change on Sex and Gasoline, but continues to hit the right notes and nerves on tunes with earthy roots charms bubbling over with smartly phrased discontent.
  3. The wisdom, humor, and literate, biting world view, is all balanced with the wisdom of tenderness, and a poetic sense of the heart's own aspirations and disappointments.
  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. Still, even at its most strident, Sex and Gasoline is topical and fiercely intelligent in a way that few modern country albums are.
  6. Sex & Gasoline is a really a continuation of what Rodney Crowell has been doing since his return to recording in 2001 with the brilliant, semi-autobiography of "The Houston Kid."
  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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