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Great songwriters are said to reveal themselves through their work; their candor and transparency of soul is the key to the listener’s empathic heart and the culture’s admiration. But the lions of country songwriting, idolized and covered in magazines as they are, can sometimes feel like statues carved in marble, not fleshy, visceral human beings who’ve been scared, scarred ... Read more in Amazon's Rodney Crowell Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 26, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: July 29, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000AQS41
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Still Learning How To Fly
2. Fate's Right Hand
3. Earthbound
4. Time To Go Inward
5. The Man In Me
6. Ridin' Out The Storm
7. Prechin' To The Choir
8. It's A Different World Now
9. Come On Funny Feelin'
10. Adam's Song
11. This Too Will Pass

Editorial Reviews


Fate's Right Hand finds Rodney Crowell eschewing the hands-on autobiographical narratives of The Houston Kid (one of his best ever) for songs about less concrete, but no less essential, concerns. As the self-helpers might say, this is an album about growth, about knowing the difference between what you can change and what you can't. It's about facing your mistakes--or wishing you wanted to anyway (on "The Man in Me")--and it includes a recitation about meditation ("Time to Go Inward") and a rousing anthem about wanting to stick around, problems and all ("Earthbound"). Crowell seems to be in a particularly introspective version of the middle-age crazies, one as brave as it is obvious in its pop-psych references to Jesus and Buddha (and Minnie Pearl, too). So Crowell may likely be "Preachin' to the Choir"--if you ain't ready to look inward, you may find Fate a tad cloying. Then again, the jangling riffs, irresistible choruses, funny rhymes, and supple pop and country-rock rhythms are for everyone. --David Cantwell

Customer Reviews

Fate's Right Hand can be appreciated by a much larger audience.
Gaylen Halbert
Especially "The Man in Me" and "Ridin' Out The Storm" Buy this CD if you are a person that likes to listen to every word of a song.
The song arrangements are clever and catchy and the musicianship is tight.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In Rodney's marvelous song "Earthbound," he sings, "Fallen angels are talking to you," which is actually a wonderful metaphor for this creatively reenergized artist. From its distinctive twangy guitar opening, "Earthbound" is my favorite song on this set of consistently excellent songs. "With each new day that passes I'm in need of thicker glasses," Rodney sings on this incredibly catchy tune. Another tune that has me hit "repeat" is "The Man In Me" with Marcia Ramirez's angelic harmonies counterpointing the urgency of a disquieted mind, "There's a man in me, and he's so full of hate; he's so misdirected, he thinks it's too late, pours salt on the wounds only time wants to heal; he's dying inside and don't want to feel." The lovely "Ridin' Out the Storm" is also one of Rodney's best. The title track is excellent. Rodney creates a genre of country-punk with a shotgun lyric spiced with stinging electric lead, "Red rum, dot com, dim sum, smart bombs, double cappuccino and a heart like a tom tom." The images come fast and furious like brush strokes from an impressionist painter, each image triggering the next, "Hard rain, fish seine, hurricane Jane, don't forget about Carla when you talkin' about poon tang, slow song on the bone, rec hall dance, double date Debbie with a pole in my pants." "Time to Go Inward" seems to be the spiritual antidote for the burning rage. "The Houston Kid" followed by "Fate's Right Hand" shows Rodney is on a creative roll. Rolling with Rodney is a great thrill ride on this excellent set. Enjoy!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Sweeney on July 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Earthbound"-what a life-affirming, smile-inducing song that is! These songs are all about Mr. Crowell facing middle-age, and all the good and bad things (mostly bad) he's done. These songs really strike a chord in me-"Still Learning To Fly," "Time To Go Inward," and "The Man In Me" are introspective, and he's not always flattering himself, either. The word honest comes to mind. There's a few songs about not really understanding the world today, "It's A Different World Now" and "Fate's Right Hand," which has my favorite darkly comic verse to ever appear in song "Trot-line Freddy's got his dogs in the trunk," and the song is filled with lines where you ask yourself "What did he just say?" Another favorite is "Preachin' to the Choir" an almost gospel rave-up, where he is making fun of himself and all his ranting and raving. I like all the rest of the songs, too. Great guitar work throughout, especially by Will Kimbrough, and a really beautiful harmony vocal by Kim Richey on "Ridin' Out the Storm." Her voice blends in so perfectly, you can barely hear her--that's the way GREAT harmony should be sung. I highly recommend this cd-use your coffee money, beer money, even raid your kids' piggy bank if you have to! A real MUST HAVE!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bill Allison on February 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
First off, I remember seeing his videos on CMT years back, but when I was that young, I hadn't quite developed a taste for fine songwriting. Now that I'm well into my twenties, my tastes have become a little bit more refined and I just happen to stumble across "Fate's Right Hand".
Something about this one really struck a chord with me. It wasn't just the great melodies and choruses, it was the overall quality in the writing that made the lyrics sink in so deep. The honesty of it all. Rodney Crowell, if anything, is totally unashamed to say what's on his mind and if you need proof of that just listen to the bluntness in the title-track.
Now I know that with "Fate's Right Hand", I'm barely scratching the surface. I'm off to pick up "The Houston Kid" and I can't wait to see where that takes me. This one has defintely made a fan out of me.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By PBM on December 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The video of "Earthbound" made me purchase this CD, and I'm happy to say that this song is just one of many gems on Rodney's latest contribution to the world of music. Each track of this collection lends itself to the overall theme...self reflection, evaluation, and a striving to right the wrong choices of yesterday...or at least make peace with them. The pictures that will flash through your mind as you listen to his descriptive lyrics...like those of "Ridin' Out the Storm" or the title song...will be fresh and thought provoking. "Time To Go Inward" and "Still Learning How to Fly" are other favorites of mine. But it's not really fair to point out a few...they are all worthy of many listens. The song arrangements are clever and catchy and the musicianship is tight. His vocals are inspired, and the lyrics (he wrote them all) by this talented writer/performer will put to shame some of the sillier tunes that you hear so frequently today on "country" radio. This music, however, spans a few genres..as all quality music usually does. Rodney has put together a worthy collection here, and I hope it finds the recognition and sales it deserves. To be honest, I purchased my only other Crowell album a few years back, and though I liked a few of the songs, a lot of them them didn't connect with me. But this CD is a keeper from top to bottom. Men and women can both relate to his ideas here...particularly if you are a "baby boomer". His words are blunt sometimes...but honest and real. You'll find yourself pondering his conclusions and saying to yourself, "Yeah...he's right!". I also liked the CD packaging and those photos of Rodney on the beach! Good job, Mr. Crowell.
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