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  • Summary: The 17th full-length studio release for the singer-songwriter was produced by Richard Bennett and features guest appearances from Johnny Bush, Miranda Lambert and Willie Nelson.
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  1. Jun 14, 2017
    89
    More than a reclamation, Outlaw suggests the miles traveled imbue a more fluid application of his roots attack and tattered romanticism.
  2. Jun 23, 2017
    80
    This is more the work of a road-hardened posse, as opposed to the more introspective troubadour of more recent times, the frontman’s now spitting out odes to blue collar pride (The Firebreak Line, If Mama Coulda Seen Me).
  3. Magnet
    Jul 18, 2017
    80
    Earle sounds invigorated and relaxed, and these are some of his best songs in years. [No. 144, p.58]
  4. Jun 22, 2017
    77
    The album’s second half slows down a bit, but it maintains the focus on songcraft and mood.
  5. Jun 23, 2017
    70
    Nothing here breaks the four-minute mark making for a tight 12 tracks clocking in at just under 40 minutes. In this, So You Want to Be an Outlaw is a true album, each track flowing one to the next, aided by the overarching thematic outlaw country imagery recently resuscitated by the likes of Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson.
  6. Jun 14, 2017
    70
    You can call it a return to his roots if you like, but really, So You Wanna Be an Outlaw is just a very good Steve Earle album--one that engages his past without ever sounding stuck in a rut.
  7. 60
    His band certainly nails Jennings’ trenchant country-rock tread on the title-track, a warning of the downside of the outlaw lifestyle for which Earle’s joined by Waylon’s old buddy Willie Nelson.

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