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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. Steve Earle proves again and again that he is the original alternative to the glossy side of Nashville.
  3. Transcendental Blues epitomizes musical craftsmanship; it simmers instead of sizzles, meaning it's solid throughout and has no shortage of good songs... [w]hat is missing in the mix here is Earle at his angriest...
  4. There is no doubt that his songwriting chops just keep on getting better.
  5. The writing shines throughout... Steve Earle seems able to do anything he cares to.
  6. Some of the best music he's created since his release from prison on drug charges nearly six years ago.
  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 conservative and not politically left as Earl is. Expand

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