• Record Label: Artemis
  • Release Date: Jun 6, 2000
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12

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  1. 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.
  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. Kabootle
    Aug 25, 2004
    10
    Excellent. One of my favorite albums
  4. RobertS
    Jun 13, 2006
    9
    This should embarass Nashville. A great record.
  5. Jun 6, 2015
    10
    The best Steve Earl album, in my opinion. Every song is a keeper. He has never sounded better, and his band if so tight. Highly recommended. This the comeback album.
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  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. 80
    Transcendental Blues measures up to the tough artistic standards Earle has set for himself since 1986's Guitar Town.
  3. Steve Earle adds yet another masterwork to his disparate collection of classics...