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  • Summary: The 17th full-length studio release for the singer-songwriter was produced by Richard Bennett and features guest appearances from Johnny Bush, Miranda Lambert and Willie Nelson.
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  1. Jun 14, 2017
    89
    More than a reclamation, Outlaw suggests the miles traveled imbue a more fluid application of his roots attack and tattered romanticism.
  2. Jun 16, 2017
    80
    So You Wannabe an Outlaw is something plenty of Steve Earle fans have been wanting for years, a no-excuses country album that updates his breakthrough work, and it's an effort that should please his core audience while also sounding like an album Earle made entirely on his own terms.
  3. 80
    Albums like this one continue to burnish a musical legacy that is every bit as imposing as the ones to which Earle pays homage in these songs.
  4. Jun 19, 2017
    80
    Earle pays homage to the outlaws with a dozen fine originals.
  5. Jun 22, 2017
    77
    The album’s second half slows down a bit, but it maintains the focus on songcraft and mood.
  6. Jun 14, 2017
    70
    You can call it a return to his roots if you like, but really, So You Wanna Be an Outlaw is just a very good Steve Earle album--one that engages his past without ever sounding stuck in a rut.
  7. 60
    His band certainly nails Jennings’ trenchant country-rock tread on the title-track, a warning of the downside of the outlaw lifestyle for which Earle’s joined by Waylon’s old buddy Willie Nelson.

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