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listen  5. Telephone RoadSteve Earle With The Fairfield Four 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Somewhere Out ThereSteve Earle 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (October 7, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002NIC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Having watched him throw away the prime years of his career on smack and prison, Steve Earle fans were reassured by the singer's 1995 comeback, Train A Comin', where he reclaimed the past in exquisite acoustic arrangements. They were further encouraged by the 1996 followup, I Feel Alright, which staked out the present with rock & roll defiance. Their patient faith was rewarded with El Corazon, an album that no longer looks back at those lost years but looks forward to the rest of Earle's career. Combining the sheer beauty of Train A Comin' with the bristling energy of I Feel Alright, El Corazon plows new ground with Earle's most explicitly political song yet, his furthest leap into another character's voice, a hard-core bluegrass number with the Del McCoury Band, and a hard-core grunge rocker with the Supersuckers. Earle turns the Fairfield Four into the Jordanaires behind his Elvis vocal on "Telephone Road," and he imitates Townes Van Zandt's austere minimalism even as he sings an elegy to his late mentor on "Fort Worth Blues." All in all, these dozen tunes are the best songwriting Earle has produced since his 1986 breakthrough, Guitar Town, and he sings them with the take-it-or-leave-it authority of someone who has nothing left to prove. On the album's first and best song, "Christmas in Washington," he offers a mournful prayer to Woody Guthrie to come back and rescue us from an era of wishy-washy Democrats and ruthless Republicans; Earle sings it as if his prayer had been answered and the Okie troubadour's ghost had found a home in his belly. --Geoffrey Himes

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Of all of Steve Earle's albums, this is probably the best one.
Alex Scorpio
He displays, once again, his wide range of musical styles and his ability to write great lyrics.
Michael D. Morris
They all agree that this is one of the best they've ever heard.
Lance Manyon

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lance Manyon on December 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
For what it's worth, I think this is one of the greatest CDs ever made. I'm not a Steve Earle scholar, in fact I only own a few of his albums, but this one easily fits into my top ten ever.

There's not a clunker here. Ft. Worth Blues is beautiful, Telephone Road will make you want to go have a beer with friends, and NYC is one of most chill bump-inducing songs I've ever heard. This is the perfect blend of rock, country, and folk.

I'll put it this way: I've got a friend whose favorite artist is Prince. Another's is Rage Against the Machine, and another basically listens to pop music. They all agree that this is one of the best they've ever heard.

This is "real" music by a "real" person, and in my opinion, it doesn't get much better.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rob Bovey on January 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Steve Earle is an amazing artist with at least half a dozen five-star releases to his name. Deciding which one to review was a tough choice. I picked El Corazón because it demonstrates the breadth of Earle's talent better than any other.
Earle has an almost encyclopedic grasp of American musical idioms. El Corazón covers the full breadth of this talent, ranging from the folk of 'Christmas in Washington', the rock of 'N.Y.C.', the bluegrass of 'I Still Carry You Around', the roots-country of 'The Other Side of Town' (a song which could easily pass as a Hank Williams cover), to the beautiful singer-songwriter styling of 'Ft. Worth Blues'.
As if the musical talent weren't enough, Steve Earle is one of the finest song writers in the business. Even if you don't agree with the leftist political sentiments he slips into many of his songs (or shovels, in the case of 'Christmas in Washington'), you'll find a depth and intelligence in Earle's lyrics that will surprise you, coming as it does from someone professing to be just a country boy.
Buy this CD and listen with an open mind. Pretty soon you'll be back for more.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Todd W. Smith on January 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Steve Earle got out of prison and drug rehab, and returned in1996 with a brilliant comeback album I Feel Alright. I thought nothing could approach the greatness of that album, but Earle has released another stellar effort in El Corazon. I Feel Alright was a versatile record, but El Corazon is Earle's most diverse work yet. The album opens and closes with folk ballads, Christmas in Washington and Fort Worth Blues. In between , Steve varies from pure rock(NYC,If You Fall),to bluegrass(I Still Carry You Around), to bluesy swing(Telephone Road), and country(The Other Side of Town). Also included is a beautiful duet called Poison Lovers. It's hard to describe this song, other than to say it's artistically creative enough that it's hard to imagine anyone sitting down and writing it. If you love pure music and aren't interested in pigeonholing, you will thoroughly enjoy this incredibly talented musician's work. To say Earle is a gifted singer-songwriter is a massive understatement. This edgy record whets the appetite for what Steve will create in the 21st century and beyond.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Steve Earle's fall from grace has been well documented, as was his recovery. I was working as a writer in Nashville when the stories about Earle begging for change outside of clubs were circulating. As the artist behind one of my favorite CD's of all time, "Copperhead Road," it disturbed me that a talent of this magnitude had dropped down so far.

"El Corazon" is the CD that changed that for good. Having gotten the past out of his system on "Train a'Coming" and "I Feel Alright," "El Corazon" finds him at a peak of songwriting, rediscovering his voice and reclaiming country from the world of hat acts. He brings in the Fairfield Four to channel Elvis Presley on "Telephone Road." Emmylou Harris drops in for vocals on "Taneytown." There's some near bluegrass on "The Other Side Of Town." And to top it off, Earle revisits his days as a musical bad boy by bringing in SubPop artists The Supersuckers to grunge up "NYC."

Earle also regains his social voice here. On the songs "Christmas In Washington," "Taneytown" and "Ft Worth Blues," Earle begins the turn into politics that would boil over into controversy once "Jerusalem" and "The Revolution Starts Now" were ultimately released. "Ft Worth Blues" is an eulogy to Towns Van Zandt, and a beautiful closer to the CD. It is, however, on "Christmas In Washington" that Earle measures up to Van Zandt's best work, as well as Woody Guthrie, the song's obvious inspiration. Decrying a nation's capitol where the Democrats sat frozen with fear after the Impeachment hearings were tossed and the Republicans began to overtly plot their revenge, Earle asks why no-one else seems to notice...or for that matter, care.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Smith on December 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Steve Earle may be an acquired taste for some, in that he hardly has a classic singer's voice, and he makes no effort to sand down the rough edges of that voice or of his music in general. But then, Dylan never did either. What I hear on "El Corazon" is an original musical viewpoint and top-notch writing skills.

Anyone who tries to shoehorn Earle into a country-singer corner has never listened to this album. Oh, he pays plenty of attention to his country roots, as in "I Still Carry You Around," and "The Other Side of Town." But then he hits you with two powerful and superbly delivered rockers, the menacing "Taneytown" (with great backing vocals from Emmylou Harris) and "NYC," complete with fuzz-tone guitar and distorted vocals.

Earle also displays a keen eye for the life of the common man and delivers his observations without a hint of condescension, as on "Telephone Road" ("workin' all day for the Texaco check/sun beatin' down on the back of my neck"). It's a terrific song, with its sharp eye for details and knack for capturing the rhythms of everday speech in song.

And if that's all not enough, there's poignancy and expressions of loneliness, truthfully delivered ("Somewhere Out There", "Poison Lovers," "Fort Worth Blues"), humor ("You Know the Rest") and of course, politics ("Christmas in Washington").

By now you get the idea: it's an album of surprises, a mix of musical styles that reveals Earle's musical mastery, not confusion. It's a welcome counter to the all too often programmed sounds of today and a reminder that Earle is among a group of fine musicians who are the real practitioners of country/roots music, not the packaged performers dominating the airwaves today.
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