Townes - Steve Earle
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  • Summary: Steve Earle covers songs by the late Townes Van Zandt for his latest album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Earle, Townes Van Zandt's foremost disciple, gives 15 favorites the kind of carefully considered settings they deserve.
  2. Townes is unparalleled in its versions of Van Zandt's songs, Earle bringing all the emotional complexity of their association to bear in tones of both joy and regret.
  3. The soul of Van Zandt is evident on all of these songs--even in the distorted voice effect on 'Lungs'--but Earle best captures his spirit on 'Colorado Girl,' a high lonesome song with rich acoustic guitar chords and wistful vocals.
  4. 80
    While Earle's brawny attack might seem ill-suited to Van Zandt's wistful angst, he does his idol justice on this vibrant covers set, delivering supersonic bluegrass and starry-eyed ballads with the same thoughtful finesse.
  5. 80
    The overall effect is more inline with how Townes made his early albums. [Jun 2009, p.96]
  6. Earle's weathered delivery may differ considerably from the plaintive, tender cocal of Van Zandt, but the new versions of 'Brand New Companion,' 'Colorado Girl,' and 'Where I Lead Me' in particular, are glorious. [Summer 2009, p.74]
  7. Townes, though well intended, shows neither of these formidable artists in his best light.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. VaughnA
    May 27, 2009
    It's an okay cover record, but go buy Townes original stuff instead. After 10 years of pissing in the wind with politics, acting and telling us how much in love he is, I've come to the conclusion the Steve Earle has "jumped the shark". This does nothing to change my mind. Expand