Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Good as some of these songs are... they're not quite enough to foment a revolution
  2. Where Jerusalem was all reaction, humanely riddled with helplessness and incomprehension, The Revolution Starts...Now is the well-honed response, a focused act of civil disobedience.
  3. A couple of songs (including the goofy "Condi, Condi") seem out of place, but the heart of "The Revolution" carries the stamp of an artist and a patriot. [22 Aug 2004]
  4. There are some real turkeys here.
  5. It's relentless, occasionally breathless but always absorbing. [4 Sep 2004, p.73]
  6. 80
    It's a fine album, mixing lean rock anthems... with the kind of ballads lesser artists would need years to write. [Oct 2004, p.116]
  7. 80
    He's more vehement than ever before, and the music feels rag-and-bone honest. [Sep 2004, p.136]
  8. All hail the new Johnny Cash. [Oct 2004, p.132]
  9. The rugged guitar tunes resemble a cow-punk update of the Clash, and Earle's song-to-song perspective shifts dazzle. [2 Sep 2004, p.142]
  10. Earle's polemics are much stronger than the work of your typical "protest" songwriter, and this is a better focused and more passionate work than Jerusalem.
  11. While the record finds Earle at his most outspoken, it also finds him treading water stylistically, comfortably wearing down the same groove he's occupied since 1997's El Corazon.
  12. Sure, we're living in politically charged times, but Earle's Revolution warrants fewer rants and more transcendental blues.
  13. 91
    His characters feel like individuals, not archetypes. [Sep 2004, p.114]
  14. For those inclined to agree with Earle's politics--at this point, does anyone else buy his albums?--The Revolution Starts Now will probably remain in constant rotation through the election.
  15. Merges twang, orneriness and compassion. [6 Sep 2004]
  16. It makes sense that, of the improvised songs, the rockers turned out best.

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