The Low Highway - Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 70
    Earle's narrative is compellingly singular, and the musical variety feeding his fiery and thoughtful tunes well measured. [May 2013, p.85]
  2. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    The Low Highway is an album brimming with characters, be they Earle himself, his collaborators, his fans or, just as importantly, the long roads he’s pounded all his adult life.
  3. Jun 3, 2013
    78
    Road records have been done so often they've become cliche. Leave it to Earle to stand that notion on its head by revealing the gravel in his veins.
  4. 70
    The Low Highway once again reveals that Earle’s gift for songwriting owes not only to an ear for melody but also to an ear attune to the quiet sufferings that most of us ignore.
  5. Apr 25, 2013
    80
    The tunes are lively, soulful and diverse, each with Earle’s Texas drawl and trademark poetic storytelling in the foreground.
  6. Apr 25, 2013
    80
    It’s the sound of a confident band that together weaves their individual talents into a well-assembled and well-worn machine.
  7. Apr 22, 2013
    70
    The Low Highway doesn't always fulfill his ambitions.... But there's no arguing with Earle's singing, or sharp, often beautiful, songwriting.
  8. Apr 18, 2013
    70
    The 58-year-old, who is writing his memoirs, is as busy as ever, and he's still got what it takes.
  9. Apr 17, 2013
    60
    The best tracks, though, come when Earle focuses on just simply rockin’.
  10. Apr 16, 2013
    90
    This time out, he brings all his influences together into an LP that may be his most musically diverse offering yet. [No.96, p.56]
  11. Apr 15, 2013
    80
    This may be his most consistent offering since El Corazón.
  12. Apr 15, 2013
    80
    Earle's vocals are often a cryptic Texan growl, but the playing is immaculate and the songcraft admirable.
  13. 60
    It's Springsteen territory, occupied with pride in songs like “21st Century Blues” and the elegiac closer “Remember Me”.
  14. Apr 12, 2013
    60
    Steve Earle doesn't make the same kind of hi-test outlaw country he used to, but The Low Highway shows that his swagger hasn't completely disappeared.
  15. Apr 10, 2013
    60
    It may not be as vital as the similarly-schizoid post-rehab records, but it's nice to know Earle can turn on that sort of talent at will. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.106]
  16. Apr 10, 2013
    80
    The Low Highway settles into a sustained crosshatching of strummed and plucked strings, paralleling the feel of a road trip, the initial elation giving way to an endless pattern of forest and farmland as America whizzes past as a steady 90mph. [May 2013, p.72]
  17. Apr 10, 2013
    80
    Earle's most satisfying album in a while--and one that should please right across his fanbase. [May 2013, p.89]
  18. 80
    The good news is that this one is so powerful and varied that it will make those hard truths a little easier to bear even after the disc ends.
  19. Apr 10, 2013
    60
    The Low Highway has the brains and passion of Earle's last few releases, even if it's not especially surprising. [May 2013, p.100]

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