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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2012
With Dwight Yoakam, you sort of learn to (happily) drop your expectations in the face of some erratic career moves. But I never expected this: a full-on schooling of his (supposed) contemporaries, a sly, sarcastic take on his own older sound, like Dwight + 8" Lift Kit, crushing everything in its path, all the faux-hawked tweeting country-poser crowd running in horror. I'm loving the fact that his album will never even be on the cheese-country radar: good for them. They don't deserve this stuff.

Example: "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke" just refuses to let up, and extends itself past a few false-endings to a place we were always hoping he'd go: an atom-bomb bar-band smack upside the head. "A Heart Like Mine" is Bakersfield on Caffeine, a shut-up-and-hold-on anthem of modern confidence with a vocal performance that should silence all doubters as to whether or not he's "got it". Then there's "Rock It All Away", a collision of Son Volt's grain-elevator chordage and gorgeous melody from the deepest Dwight classic reverie. I'm also a fan of "Missing Heart", one of the very few songs in 3/4 time I can stand lately, placed squarely there by a silent, forlorn dual-slide-guitar attack that would make the perfect soundtrack music. The entire album is full of pet moments and gripping excitement.

Fans of Dwight will dig this a lot, and celebrate its swift kick in the pants. Fans of what country music has become in the post-Idol era will not even know it's out there. Tragic, perhaps, but we're fine to let it go. Dwight was never about the interstate, he's much happier taking us down the back roads. At top speed, of course.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
If you think that his album "Gone" was one of his best (and most underrated) albums, then you will love this CD. Dwight long ago left the confines of limiting his songs to any "country" genre. His musical influences were shaped by AM radio where country songs bumped up against rock and roll, soul and smooth ballads. This album is a culmination of all those influences from the Burrito Brothers to the Byrds to Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, the Beatles and beyond. He continues his defiant musical stance of writing songs with meaning and creating music that echo all the sounds he loves to hear. His song "Waterfall" is deceptive here. It comes across as almost a nursery rhyme kind of song. But is so much more than that -- there is wit, humor and pathos working in the lyrics and melody. Another reason to own this CD is the last song -- just Dwight's sorrow-filled, soulful tenor and a solo piano reminding the listener that he or she still has "A long way to go". I defy anyone to listen to this song and not get a bit choked up. Its right up there with his most beautiful ballads such as "Dreams of Clay" and "Last Heart in Line".
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2012
Let me start by saying that I'm still in the honeymoon period for this album and I'm a huge dwight and pete anderson fan. My favorite dwight albums are the ones that Pete produced and his guitar licks were the first thing that drew me to dwight. I feel overall that blame the vain was a step down musically for dwight and he missed pete's playing and producing on that album (with the exception of blame the vain and last heart in the line, two of the finest songs hes ever written.) However this new album holds up exceptionally well and is a thousand times better then blame the vain. Overall this album has a strong 60s influence and IMO is not much like his early music at all. If you like his first three albums you may not like what you hear here. The only song reminiscent of that period is dim lights... However if you dig his later albums like Gone and A Long Way Home, I'm sure you will these tunes. Standout tracks for me include It's Never Alright, A Long Way To Go (reprise), and Missing Heart and 3 Pears. Please buy this album and support the artist so we don't have to wait seven hears for the next one!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2012
Song by song.

1 Take Hold of my Hand - Nice start to the cd pretty typical Dwight.

2. Waterfall - Intersting lyrics... paints a nice picture mentally. A bit off the normal, won't be hearing this on the raido.

3. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke - Great honky tonk rocker! Love it! This should be on the radio!

4. Trying - nice ballad, defiantly radio friendly.

5. Nothing But Love - Very Beatle sounding into. Nice sound to this song, rockish country.

6. It's Never Alright - I really like this ballad! Very soulful.

7. A Heart Like Mine - Jingle Jangle country song. Nice 50's sounding Rockabilly song.

8. Long Way To Go - Great song.....just typical Dwight.

9. Missing Heart - Very nice ballad. Nice feel to this song. Like the guitar solo in its simplicity.

10. 3 Pears - I get it, very good lyrics. Nice title track.

11. Rock It All Away - WOW the bass groove to this one is awesome. Midtempo rocker which suits Dwight's voice perfectly. Great guitar work on this one to. The harmony spot on this one is really a nice touch to this. Easily my favorite song on the cd!

12. Long Way To Go (Reprise) - Ahhh.. A piano version of the song. This is great! Always loved acoustic song versions and this is Dwight and a piano. VERY Nice end to the cd.

I give Dwight a A+ on this one. Worth the wait after all the time between the last one. While a lot of it is too country or too rock to play on country radio it should be given a chance.

Dwight defiantly marches to the beat of a different drummer, but for the ones of us that march to that different drummer that is a great thing.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2012
With the quality of this album and the complete freshness of all the songs you would never know its been seven years since his last album. There are some somber songs on here as you would expect and want. One of the best examples is "It's Never Alright". To accompany the sad songs there are the giddy songs like "Waterfall" that just put a smile on your face. If you like any of Dwight's past music you will enjoy this album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2012
I am truly amazed by 3 Pears. I was expecting another great CD by Mr. Yoakam, but I was surprised that 3 pears would be this notable. I guess it's always a risk whenever an artist does something different and unexpected. However, a chronological look at all of his releases show that he never repeats what he has already done. Guess what? Not going to get the same as with Guitars, Cadillacs, This Time, or Buenas Noches albums. And this, in my opinion, is why Dwight Yoakam remains electrifying after all these years.

In these trying times its great to have music that leaves you hanging on. Yoakam's songwriting skills do not disappoint - such as the exemplary "Waterfall". Some of the tracks, such as "3 Pears" and "Heart Like Mine" deserve to be on the standard collection. Yoakam does best with the ballads, "It's Never Alright", and (OMG) the reprise version of "Long Way To Go".

Some of the songs deserve radio play on the national stations. I hope they do. But something like 3 Pears, which stands out against the homogenous sounding music that gets on the mainstream airwaves usually does not get played on the radio. Thank goodness for alternative stations and the internet.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
This album is nothing but pure genius. Waterfall gives me the impression of the genius of Dr Suess intertwined with Dwight's originality and influences of Buck among many others. I would definitely recommend this one for your collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2012
The opening notes from the guitar on Take Hold of My Hand are classic Dwight Yoakam. Just an infectious song from start to finish. But then you get to Waterfall, and it's pure genius. Dim Lights is a Dwight rocking in rare form. I'm sure the rest of the album will grow on me, but those three tracks alone make this album a must-have for anyone who has liked Dwight in the past. It is refreshing to see a country singer who knows how to write a good song. So many of today's top acts need help in that regard.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2012
WOW!! This has been a long time in coming. A very true, heartfelt return to form a decade in waiting. Congratulations Dwight. I tip my hat to you. You have always been the greatest country star of all time, to me at least. It was a sad day when I thought you had retired, just like Ronnie Dunn. Surprise indeed. You are back and seemingly better than ever. I am looking forward to your new film with Trace Adkins next year! Truly amazing. You are such an inspiration to millions of fans and this year you did not disappoint. You are what country music is all about and the defining character of truly great music. We are all looking forward to your music video for the song Waterfall :)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
Life is hard. This is not a news flash: it's something we all know. And the past couple of weeks have been tough ones for yours truly.

I downloaded "3 Pears" several days ago and while listening to it in my car, for a few minutes - the length of perhaps half the album - my troubles flew away.

What's so great about this album?

* The bouncy guitar lick that kicks off the album.

* The whimsy of "Waterfall," which reminded me of Lyle Lovett's classic, "If I Had A Boat."

* The hard-driving "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke," on which DY seems to be having the time of his life.

* The beautiful lyrics of "Long Way to Go," in both of the versions that appear on the album.

* The fact that this album is marvelously consistent in quality from top to bottom.

It improved my life for a precious few minutes; it just made me feel better. I cannot think of higher praise than that.
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