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Blame the Vain

Dwight YoakamAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Few entertainers have attained the iconic status of Dwight Yoakam. Perhaps that is because so few have consistently and repeatedly met the high standard of excellence delivered by the Kentucky native no matter what his endeavor. His name immediately conjures up compelling, provocative images: A pale cowboy hat with the brim pulled low; poured-on blue jeans; intricate, catchy melodies paired ... Read more in Amazon's Dwight Yoakam Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 14, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B00094ASOK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dwight Yoakam occupies a singular position in contemporary country. No artist has better balanced mainstream commercial success with artistic, alt-country credibility, while somehow managing to embody both the music's most traditional and its most progressive impulses. Blame the Vain marks a milestone for Yoakam as his first self-produced effort since splitting with producer/guitarist/bandleader Pete Anderson. While the material seems to document the end of a relationship and the hope for romantic renewal, there's a freewheeling playfulness to the arrangements--the bongo-driven, rock & roll urgency of "International Heartache," the faux British accent and synthesizer intro on "She'll Remember," the shifting time signatures of "Watch Out." The tear-in-your-beer balladry of "Lucky That Way" and "Does It Show" should satisfy those who take their honky-tonk straight, no chaser, while the homage paid to timeless Roy Orbison ("Just Passin' Time"), early Johnny Cash ("I'll Pretend") and later Elvis Presley ("When I First Came Here") attests to the range and richness of Yoakam's artistry. He may no longer have the hits like he once did, but he hasn't lost the vision. --Don McLeese

Product Description

This album is the first of new material from Dwight Yoakam since 2003's Population Me and follows on from the recent The Very Best Of Dwight Yoakam. The album was produced by Yoakam and mixed by Dave Leonard. New West Records. 2005.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's Back & Better Than Ever June 14, 2005
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"Blame the Vain"could very well go down as the quintessential Dwight. Raw, edgy, less refined in parts than his previous releases? Indeed it is. But it is still a slick piece of work that hints, in one cut or another, at almost every influence Yoakam has ever embraced. From the ranting within "Intentional Heartache" and "She'll Remember" to the moving "Last Heart in Line" Yoakam covers the myriad of emotions involved in tumultuous relationships. The move to the stripped down arrangements on many of the songs does nothing but accentuate the power of Yoakam's true instrument, his voice. Throughout the entire lineup of songs Dwight Yoakam takes unexpected turns. Risky? Perhaps, but well worth the risk. This should prove to the naysayers (if there are ANY left out there) that Yoakam's "This Time" was no fluke. It proves Yoakam can put out a winner even working without the long time safety net of Pete Anderson's guitar and production skills. With "Just Passing Time" Dwight reminds us how skilled he is with painting lyrical pictures. "Blame the Vain" as a whole should prove to any who have ever doubted him, that Yoakam is the real deal. The guitar work thoughout by Texas native Keith Gattis, an artist in his own right, helps give this Dwight Yoakam project an entirely new sound. Still, the foundations of early Yoakam are indeed there and show themselves frequently. But the overall sound is a sound which the Yoakam / Gattis duo has honed to near perfection in the last couple of years of performing together during Yoakam's last stint on the road. What you have here is just that, near perfection. With all the cuts written and produced by the man himself, what you hear on this record is probably the closest to what Yoakam hears in his head, when he first sets out to write a song, as you're ever going to get.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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In a time when sugarcoated country-pop fluff rules the charts, any new release from Mr. Dwight Yoakam is always a welcome breath of fresh air. Without a doubt, he's the ultimate country rebel. With his restless creativity, undeniable intelligence, and talent that isn't just limited to the music industry (he's highly acclaimed in the movie world too), this Kentucky-born cowboy has had an amazing career thus far. After nearly 20 years as an artist, Dwight has proven in spades that he'd rather make music by his own unique standards than follow the industry's rules and trends, and he's made it abundantly clear that he's not going to sell his soul to commercial Nashville any time soon. No matter if you love him or hate him, you have to admit that's pretty admirable.

Blame the Vain, Yoakam's 18th studio album, marks many first milestones in the icon's career. Most notably, it's his first attempt at producing after almost two decades with his ex-producer/guitarist Pete Anderson. Yoakam does a very nice job indeed, proving to us once and for all that he's the major driving force behind his success, although that's not to say that Pete was not a monumental aspect of Dwight's music. Taking Anderson's place as lead guitarist is Keith Gattis, a talented Texan who may not be the same kind of guitar virtuoso that Anderson is, but he's extremely gifted nonetheless.

It may be a bold claim, but I truly believe that the songwriting showcased on Blame the Vain just might be some of the best material Yoakam's ever written. With all twelve tracks penned solely by Dwight, I think he digs deeper into complex human emotions than he ever has before in terms of his lyrics.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor: buy this album June 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have turned many people on to DY who swore up and down they "hated" country. If you're looking for more substance and texture (both music and lyrics) in a 3-4 minute song than can be found in many other forms of popular music, Dwight Yoakam is your artist.

Pardon the analysis but Dwight understands basic emotions of the human condition, and it's on display in his music.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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I didn't even know Pete left. I was reading the CD notes and was like "where the heck is Pete in all this?". Always thought he was

absolutely a key part of the whole DY experience - I will never forget when I saw DY at Roseland in NYC about ten years ago. This was right about when "Gone" came out, and the band was as good as the singer : - )

Having said all that, the absence of Pete is honestly not a bad thing. (Sorry, Pete, I still love you man!)The new guitar dude sounds great - maybe one small notch below Pete (Pete knew how to play, you have to give the man that much) - but very, very competent indeed.

Dwight does sound like he's alive and having fun on this one - noticeably more so than a couple other CD's I have of his. And I've been a loyal fan since Guitars, Cadillacs, mind you. Some of the stuff on this CD is as good as his old, early stuff and that is saying a lot.

Buy this one for sure - well worth the money. This is what REALLY good country music sounds like!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most original artist in country music today. June 21, 2005
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Dwight Yoakam's new album is a fantastic effort, but then, who would expect less. Yoakam wrote each of the 12 songs here, and every one was crafted with the heart and soul of a true artist. There is no Yoakam assembly line; Dwight doesn't put out a new album every year with ten dullsville filler songs. He takes his time and makes real country music, with enough zing to keeps toes tapping and with enough heart to keep us coming back for more. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic
I have never personally heard of this album but I'm happy to have it now, It's has some really great material on here..
Published 27 days ago by J.D.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I am a huge Dwight Yoakam fan. I have and enjoy many of his albums. This one, however, was disappointing.
Published 1 month ago by Megan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I've laways liked Dwight's music but kinda lost touch for a few years. I was surprised to see he was still putting out cds. I love this CD. The music is great.
Published 2 months ago by mateo
5.0 out of 5 stars Blame the Vain CD by Dwight Yoakam
If you like country music then you will love all his CD's as I do. You will not go wrong buying any of his songs single or on a CD. He is the best in my books.
Published 2 months ago by Beverly Fairchild
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Yoakum!
I had bought the CD prior to this and was a bit disappointed in it...not so with this one. It's the real deal...pure Dwight at his best. Read more
Published 8 months ago by martha griffith
5.0 out of 5 stars great shape
Dwight Yoakam's music means a lot to me and this is the third Blame the Vain CD I have bought.
Published 11 months ago by Janis Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album
I first heard Dwight on Fordham University Radio and it was "This Time". Loved this song but did not know who Dwight Yoakam was(where was I). Read more
Published 11 months ago by Donamarie Groenhoff
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best of Hillbilly or Honky Tonk today.
When I first heard Dwight Yokumback in the 80's ;I wasn't sure if he was spoofing or not.He had a great Country voice,but the way he moved and the hat,forever covering his eyes;was... Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. Guild
3.0 out of 5 stars There was nothing on here that grabbed me
I was, and am again, a big Dwight fan.
Had his first three or four albums, loved them all until This Time swept most of his next albums under the rug, and I lost... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Pete Vredenburgh
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good one to add
I like his style/sound well enough to have a respectable collection. I don't want to duplicate songs on previous albums,and thankfully apparently neither does Dwight. Read more
Published 16 months ago by salahabra
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