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  • Audio CD (November 23, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002HJZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Braver Newer World by Jimmie Dale Gilmore

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Jimmie Dale Gilmore's third Elektra album comes as a corrective of sorts to fellow ex-Flatlander Joe Ely's ambitious but disappointing Letter to Laredo. While Braver Newer World doesn't quite cohere like Gilmore's brilliant 1991 disc After Awhile, its risks generally pay off. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the disc initially seems to indicate a full-scale embrace of hippie-ism that's perfectly in tune with Gilmore's Zen-country leanings. Sitars twang, French horns evoke sticky pop psychedelia, and the artist revives as best he can a painfully earnest folksong "Sally," by Texas pal A.B. Strehli. Gilmore's Buddhism reaches full flower here on the title cut and a Strehli ballad, "Come Fly Away," making interesting implications about his collaboration with Burnett, one of rock's most famous drunken seekers. Burnett's wife Sam Phillips contributes one of the best songs here, "Where Is Love Now," which in turn gets one of World's most adventurous treatments; the Beck-like beatbox and deep-dish Orbisonisms of (presumably) Burnett's guitar are a striking backdrop for a voice and lyric that drip high lonesomeness. Some of Gilmore's fundamental roots are also on display here, on a yowling lo-fi take on the ancient blues number "Long Snake Moan" and a version of Ely's "Because of the Wind" that, somewhat surprisingly, fails to light a real fire under the players. Still, the overall anything-goes approach makes World both a good document of this period in Gilmore's evolution and a fine introduction for those who've missed him in the past. --Rickey Wright

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 6, 2006
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I logged on intending to review a movie I'd just seen and a book I'd just finished, but found myself perusing reviews of Jimmie Dale Gilmore. I was absolutely stunned to see that this masterpiece was receiving only four-stars overall, brought down mainly by an inexplicable one-star and a two-star review. It is simply inconceivable to me that anyone with any degree of musical sensitivities could give this album a rating that low. I have no explanation. Perhaps they owned a previous Gilmore album and can accept nothing that departs from their very narrow expectations. Perhaps they are country traditionalists and will accept no variants on that. Perhaps they have tin ears. But these are marginal, aberrant opinions. This album is very widely regarded as one of Jimmie Dale Gilmore's finest albums, and possibly his best. For instance, Rolling Stone gave it a rare 4-stars when it came out while its readers have given it a 5-star rating. Allmusic.com's review concludes, "Arguably his finest work." These are much more typical of the critical and fan reaction to this fine album than these bizarre low ratings.

The album is buoyed throughout by Gilmore's typical likable, reflective, almost spiritual lyrics and sensibilities. It does represent a bit of a departure from his previous albums in that it features some sonic experimentation that is not typical of a Gilmore album (a possible source of the aberrant fan reviews found here). The producer is legend T-Bone Burnett, a man with many of the same sensibilities as Gilmore (Burnett is one of the most deliciously rowdy Christians I know) but with a wider sonic palette. No question he played a role in expanding Gilmore's sound. Nonetheless, the focus remains on Gilmore's delightful, warm, yearning tenor.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Hodges on February 13, 2005
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Don't ordinarily care much for country; overworked licks, cliched lyrics, ersatz humanity with little real soul (bluegrass, now that's another story). But I got a kick out of watching JDG with the Flatlanders on Austin City Limits so not knowing which album to buy, I went with this because I loved T-Bone Burnett's production on the Roy Orbison Black and White concert and "Oh Brother" soundtrack, and, frankly, because it was so cheap. Boy did I get lucky! I haven't gotten goose flesh from a popular music CD in many years. The quirky instrumentation, the original lyrics, and that VOICE all come together to create a genuinely moving work of art. I suspect the negative reviews come from an expectation of a more standard country music experience. This transcends not only the country genre, it transcends the usual music listening experience.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1999
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a beautiful, ambitious album...it's too bad that some fans want their heros to crank out the same old same old...Jimmie takes us where he wants to go...it's just a matter of opening yourself up to something different and going along for the ride...5 Stars! Thanks Jimmie, I miss Texas...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sfoland@mo-net.com on June 22, 1999
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Pure and sweet, clear and clean as country water, this is one of Gilmore's two best albums, the other, "Spinning Around the Sun," both marvelous examples of what country music is about. This guy's music takes me to high places, satisfying something deep. I've encouraged others to sit down an LISTEN, but most people don't have the time, it seems. Take time; it's good stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus on September 3, 2005
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BRAVER NEWER WORLD remains my favorite Jimmie Dale Gilmore album. I love them all, and it saddens me that this one has met with not only neglect but hostility from some of Gilmore's fans, apparently those who just want him to do AFTER AWHILE over and over. Oh well, their loss.

On BRAVER NEWER WORLD Jimmie Dale ventures, as the title implies, into the most diverse forms of music he has ever recorded, and the furthest from his honky-tonk roots. T-Bone Burnette does a fantastic and creative job of production, adding the sort of Beatles-esque production that worked so well on MARTINIS & BIKINIS, the 1994 record he produced for his wife Sam Phillips.

The funny thing is, no matter how interesting it gets, Jimmie Dale still sounds just like Jimmie Dale. It seems to me that BRAVER NEWER WORLD taps the deepest into his spirituality, a continuation rather than a departure from AFTER AWHILE (1991) and SPINNING AROUND THE SUN (1993) -- these three albums can really be seen as a trilogy. His perspective is perfectly captured on the title track, which he wrote, and on "Borderland," which he co-wrote with David Hammond. Here's the chorus:

"So good to be home in the Borderland, where things are not what they seem. So good to be home in the Borderland, between the dawn and the dream."

BRAVER NEWER WORLD, like the first two in the trilogy, is not mainly a rocking album. However, it does have three up-tempo numbers, "There She Goes," "Black Snake Moan," the old Blind Lemon Jefferson tune, based on Ramblin' Jack Elliot's adaptation, and the closer, "Outside the Lines.
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