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Bottom of the World

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Bottom of the World is Terry Allen's first studio release in over 14 years. There may be no greater maverick than Terry Allen in all of alt-country music. Allen is a standard-bearer of the Lubbock, TX, country scene. Widely heralded as the most progressive movement in all of contemporary country, digging into modern-day concerns with a gutsy, liberal perspective, while maintaining a firm musical grounding in regional country and folk traditions. Allen is perhaps the most ambitious all of the artists coming out of this scene (Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore), writing complex song cycles that have been performed with the help of fellow eclectics ranging from Lowell George to David Byrne.

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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Redeye Label
  • ASIN: B00AL7OOZE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ogg Oggelby on May 16, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Terry Allen is out there where the buses don't run. He probably doesn't have many good days amd the nights are likely even worse unless he's got some mezcal and a loaded .44 on his nightstand. Decisions, decisions?

With a vocal range of about 5 notes he makes Ringo sound like Pavrotti. However, within that limited range he evokes images so dark and stark that you dare not play this music on a moonless night on a desolate Texas highway.

At 70, Allen is vital and musically as sharp as a tack. So what if no radio station on the planet will play a note of this and you couldn't dance to it unless you were hanging by your neck from a mesquite tree. Damn, Terry's imagery is coming through.

Too bad they don't give Grammy's for stuff like this. It would win hands down because there will be nothing to compete with it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Northuis on June 7, 2013
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While listening to one of Elvis Costello's recent releases--National Ransom, the latest in his "Americana" mode, I couldn't help but wonder--seeing that all the songs are beautifully written and a who's who list of guest players--why I find that CD so boring/uninspiring? Costello is one of my faves! Enter Terry Allen's Bottom Of The World CD. This album is so raw and honest it would make a pimp blush!
As Raw as a Townes Van Zandt album sans the poetics (but not the artistry) and
as honest as a case of syphilis, perhaps that simplicity and brutal honesty
is what is missing in the Elvis album and what makes this CD so great.
As is the case with most of my favorite artist's new releases I initially found
it "not up to his best work" (Human Remains is still my top pick for Mr. Allen)
but with repeated listening I think this is one of his better CDs, they are all
great. This collection of songs seems to waste not one word or note on affected
frivolities and even though there is wit to spare, all here seems poignant and
honest and quite tuneful if one takes the time to get on his wavelength.
Songs like; Emergency Human blood Currier, The Gift, Queenie"s Song and
Do Then Dream Of Hell In Heaven(?)seem to work on you from the inside outwards,
while others (like the title song) just are enjoyable to listen to for their quirky take on songwriting. I like most of the Lubbock songwriters--as Butch
Hancock has said--"There must be something in the water."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nolan Winkler on March 14, 2013
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Bravo to Mr. Allen. Once again, he brings us music and lyrics that are spellbinding. Another album that leaves you wanting more. This one is different in that it leaves you wondering....'what? why?' Bittersweet. Sad. Lovely. Again: BRAVO!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By karen on March 18, 2013
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If you love this man and his work, you must add this to your collection. If you are new to the world of Terry Allen, start here with him, at the bottom of the world, which is tops!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Once a soldier... on April 16, 2013
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I just got it, I write as I listen for the first time. I am pretty sure that some of the songs I know because I have been seeing Terry Allen in Santa Fe thorough the years. This is perfection. I get the sense that this is a quiet record, not dissimilar to the style that Nick Cave(being different!) has given to his latest. I now listen to "Do they dream of hell in heaven, pretty irreverent, TA doesn't care about heaven I know, but a marvelous song. "Bottom of the world" takes us down to Méjico with Rosarita and mentions Ava Gardner and Oaxaca and mescal. Well, talk about heaven! The first three songs are spectacular by the way. And now with "Angels of the wind". I interrupt, I have something on the stove.
I am back with "Angels of the wind", beautiful waltz with an accordion and Sally Allen's voice. "Emergency human blood courier" will need a deeper study, is a metaphor, is deep, musically is great, with a touch of Guy Clark. "Wake of the red witch". Good song but not for me, don't like it. "The gift", a really slow number, long story, haunting steel guitar, this could be a Nick Cave song! "Sidekick anthem" and "Covenant" are good songs too.
All in all a superb record and lets face it, is not like TA is churning out one of this every year. If you are a fan you have to have it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brother Jake on April 2, 2013
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Once again Terry Allen is absolutely wonderfull. I prefer to call it country with a twist, and what a twist it is. Only one request left: please come to Holland, Europe to perform.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C Warren on September 22, 2013
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I've been a fan of his music and art work for 3 decades. Some recordings stand out. Unfortunately, for me, this body of recordings sound derivative of his earlier work.
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Heard Terry Allen on NPR. Had to buy the album. Was not disappointed in a single song. In a style reminiscent of Kris Kristofferson and Mark Knopfler, Terry Allen is a marvelous story teller.
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