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  • Summary: The highly political singer-songwriter returns with his 13th studio outing, which includes a duet with Emmylou Harris and a love song ("Condi Condi") about the current National Security Advisor.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 91
    His characters feel like individuals, not archetypes. [Sep 2004, p.114]
  2. All hail the new Johnny Cash. [Oct 2004, p.132]
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Good as some of these songs are... they're not quite enough to foment a revolution
  7. Sure, we're living in politically charged times, but Earle's Revolution warrants fewer rants and more transcendental blues.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6