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Family Man

March 13, 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Label: eOne Music
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Black Country Rock/eOne Music
  • Total Length: 40:08
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  • ASIN: B0079W6Z6A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,759 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Country singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings has a new self-produced CD release titled 'Family Man' : producing here for the first time, has family theme/thread throughout the album including in the tracks "The Real Me", "Southern Family Anthem" & "The Family Tree" and his new country music band The Triple Crown does jell very well. The album is well balanced with the ketchy melody & vocals in "The Long Road Ahead" (up-tempo solid track/gem/stand-out featuring Tom Morello & Eleanor Whitmore), "The Deed And The Dollar" (first single, great choice), "Summer Dream (Al's Song)" & "Daddy's Hands" (wonderful violin & this is my favourite track from this great CD), bluesy in "Manifesto No. 4" & "The Family Tree" and slow-tempo "The Black Dog" (great guitar-finger pick-ups) & "Born Again" (featuring Eleanor Whitmore). The production is solid & his band is on the roll and his song-writing superb (there is no weak song to talk of). Eleanor Whitmore provides great harmony vocals as well as playing harmony & fiddle in this great CD.

On overall, Shooter Jennings is on top of his game in this new family affair CD (song-writing, production & making the band jell well), titled 'Family Man' : a stunning performance & a well deserved 5 star rating. A highly recommended CD listening.
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I look forward to when Shooter releases new material. He has continued his tradition of producing good outlaw country. I was pleased that some of the tracks in particular "The Real Me" has the potential to be a main stream country hit. It would be refreashing to see Shooter get some well deserved exposure not to mention providing an eye opening experience for those consumed with the commercial country scene.
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When Shooter Jennings emegred on the scene back in 2005, he was pretty much the odd man out. When he released his debut "Put The 'O' Back In Country", he was doing Outlaw Country in a time where pop infused country became all the rage. He took things a step further on his follow-up- 2006's "Electric Rodeo", an album that was equal parts country and Southern soul. The following year, he released his third and final album for a major label "The Wolf". Despite having solid material and great production, neither was enough to get any recognition from the record company. So he decided to go the independent route for his next project. In 2010, he released the critically acclaimed "Black Ribbons"- a politically charged concept album that was equal parts Pink Floyd and Lynyrd Skynyrd. As great as the album was, the record label Rocket Science Ventures ran into promotion and funding trouble shortly after the album was released. Two years later, Shooter resurfaced with a new band as well as a new label eOne Music for his next studio effort "Family Man".

On this new album, two things are very noticeable. The first of which is the absence of producer Dave Cobb, who helmed Shooter's first four albums. The second of which is the glaring omission of the first single "Outlaw You"- which was cut from the album. This time around, Shooter takes the reins on the production front, and the results are pretty decent. Starting the album off is the song "The Real Me" in which Shooter proclaims to be a great father and husband while being seemingly non-threatening- that is, until he starts drinking. He gets assistance from Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello on the song "The Long Road Ahead".
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Shooter Jennings make a welcome return to country with FAMILY MAN. Indeed, it's probably his countriest since his first. That's not to say we don't appreciate his other stuff (concept album with Stephen King? Yes, please), but let's face it: it's nice to see country's prodigal son digging into (and taking digs at) a genre his father helped establish.

And yet, this is some of the most touching outlaw country you've heard. Yes, Jennings praises his rowdy days on the opening track; goes tongue-in-cheek for the groovy "Southern Family Anthem" ("We may be trash but we're family!"); and combines soul and weed (again) on "Manifesto No. 4." We even have a true old-fashioned ghost story ("The Black Dog"), and an ego-propelled jab at critics ("The Family Tree"). Yet I dare you to find anything as touching as Jennings's hauntin plea on "Daddy's Hands": "Come on Daddy, one more Christmas..." And the lead single, "The Deed and the Dollar," aptly sums up his romantic life, without ever getting too schmaltzy (hell, it's even something of a metaphor for America's financial crisis...or it's just a love song).

The truth is, not many musicians could have created an album as rebellious, yet touching, as FAMILY MAN. It's arguably Jennings's most solid effort yet, if not his most risk-taking. Rest assured: there are more career-defying acts yet ahead for Shooter Jennings. FAMILY MAN isn't one of them. It's a good old outlaw country record, the real deal. If that's not worth the price of admission, then you're in the wrong genre, my friend.
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I have listened to Waylon for many years and now Shooter is starting to really get it. I love this CD, his best ever.
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