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  1. Winding through the psychedelic title track, the ''Rubber Soul''-ish pop, the garage rock, and the lovely ''Eire meets Tennessee'' ''The Galway Girl,'' ''Blues'' is his musical road map.
  2. "Transcendental Blues" is a deeply personal album steeped in pain and loneliness.
  3. Steve Earle adds yet another masterwork to his disparate collection of classics...
  4. This may be the Steve Earle album for people who've never been Steve Earle fans before.
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    Transcendental Blues measures up to the tough artistic standards Earle has set for himself since 1986's Guitar Town.
  6. Extending his winning streak to five albums, he's become a paragon of quality and musical honesty.
  7. Transcendental Blues is an intermittently twangy, often trippy and, yes, generally transcendent outing.

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  1. Kabootle
    Aug 25, 2004
    10
    Excellent. One of my favorite albums
  2. JeffS.
    Aug 17, 2002
    9
    Would have gave it a 10 except for "The Boy Who Never Cried". This record got me through some of my own trancendental blues.
  3. RobertS
    Jun 13, 2006
    9
    This should embarass Nashville. A great record.
  4. BrianMcC
    Mar 5, 2006
    9
    Great stuff! Gripping melodies, intelligent writing, strong theme....it's all here! You can't lose on this one, even if you are a Great stuff! Gripping melodies, intelligent writing, strong theme....it's all here! You can't lose on this one, even if you are a conservative and not politically left as Earl is. Expand

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