Tomorrow's Sounds Today

  • Record Label: Reprise
  • Release Date: Oct 31, 2000

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Even though there's little stylistic maturation in his approach since his first release in 1986, Yoakam's songwriting craft keeps improving, and any track from this album could be a hit single. With Tomorrow's Sounds Today, Dwight Yoakam has fashioned a contemporary roots-conscious country album whose qualities, like the artist's distinctive style, are timeless.
  2. Mojo
    The playing is terrific throughout... [Jan 2001, p.98]
  3. Tomorrow's Sounds Today lacks the focused punch of Yoakam's best album, 1995's lean-and-mean Gone, but it's at least as consistent as his recent Nineties greatest-hits set -- right down to the nifty honky-tonk rock & roll cover, "I Want You to Want Me."
  4. Tomorrow's Sounds Today returns to a more conventional approach, with 14 full-band songs replete with strings, slides, and electric guitars. As is frequently the case, however, more is less, with Yoakam settling for modestly ambling charmers in lieu of transcendent moments.
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    Tomorrow's sound, grittier and dustier than '98's poppish A Long Way Home, masks the album's core blandness; too much of the material is just plain forgettable. [11/3/2000, p.83]
  6. "Sounds" sounds great, alternating between driving, percussive romps like "Love Caught Up To Me," "Free To Go," and "Dreams Of Clay" and moments of sheer country perfection in "Time Spent Missing You," "A Promise You Can't Keep," and the wonderfully hangdog Hank Williams knockoff "The Heartaches Are Free."
  7. Twangy guitars, melancholy pedal steel and mournful, high country fiddles abound on this collection... Tomorrow's Sounds Today forgoes the livelier and more genre-bending studio tricks that pushed mid-'90s albums such as Gone and This Time into brave new sonic realms. This time around, as it was in the beginning, the mood is modest, the sound is sparse and sans embellishments.
  8. Tomorrow's Sounds Today belies its promising title by breaking no new ground, and, in fact, retracing some pretty well-known boot-scootin' steps.... If nothing else, it's still a pleasure to hear on Tomorrow's Sounds Today what producer and guitarist extraordinaire Pete Anderson can do with material that is only average.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. pat
    May 20, 2003
    I think this is a great CD. Don't know what this reviewer was listening to
  2. MalA
    May 9, 2003
    He can do no wrong, he is the greatest.
  3. ChrisF.
    Sep 17, 2002
    A Great Album one of his best!