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Other highlights from the album include the gorgeous "Lullabye," and the rocker "My Life is Totally Boring Without You" that is as close to a signature tune as Lowery can get. There's also some hidden material with a strong Blues bent, which is fitting of the whole album's more adventuresome style. It might be a tad overlong with a few bland songs, but it is nice to see Cracker back near the top of their game.
Overall, a mini-comeback album from Virginia's best known rock band.
So I made a point of setting out to correct the errors of the decade, seeking out the best of what I had missed. 1997's Gentleman's Blues was my first find, and it really is the Kerosene Hat of my adult years if that makes any sense. Kerosene Hat captured perfectly the anxieties of being young and stupid, allowing me to laugh at myself as I sang along to these remarkably absurd songs that somehow fit very logically into my life. Gentleman's Blues is the sound of the once young and stupid realizing that he (or she) is all grown up and facing responsibilities, relationships, and other adult traumas. The now-middle-aged David Lowry chooses to confront these concerns in a song cycle that is much more revealing than anything he had previously released, except perhaps Camper Van Beethoven's Key Lime Pie album.
The humor here is now shaded with a kind of cynicism, or even fear of success and what it brings. The sound itself is more subdued, with classic rock keyboards playing a more prominent role than they had previously.Read more ›
later in the song, "Lullabye," David Lowery sings, "There's just a hint of danger in the air NO one is alarmed or seems to care." The song is about certain rhythms of life, and the way they pass unnoticed or beyond remedy, a quirkier "Eleanor Rigby" without the celloes. And then the Johnny Hickman contributions. "Trials and Tribulations" (misnamed "Trails" in Amazon's track listing) is the most interesting track on the record, though in fairness it bears a certain mock bluegrass larkiness resemblance to, say, "Lonesome Johnny Blues." "Hold of Myself" is moving and interesting and "Wedding Day" is another indicator that this guy could go solo and that he has some things up his sleeve that the aging Lowery doesn't seem to.
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Thought this would be more blues...some good stuff, but a few dogs :(Published 18 months ago by karen kane
Came quickly and was good as new. couldn't be more pleased.Published 19 months ago by Carrie L Knaggs
I own three Cracker albums (Cracker, Kerosene Hat, and the Golden Age) and listen to each all the time. KH has always been a favorite. Read morePublished on July 12, 2012 by Xavier
Cracker's 4th studio album "Gentelman's Blues" #182 in 1998, is the album Cracker should of hit the big time with this one, but the music scene had changed dramaticaly and this... Read morePublished on July 26, 2010 by ScottE
I have all of Cracker's albums and this one has longevity and expert songwriting, along with an extra dose of talent at the end. Read morePublished on May 21, 2009 by Ted Billups
For a Cracker fan (a Crumb), picking a favorite Cracker album is tough and often changes with the seasons; however, Gentleman's Blues has always ranked at the top for me. Read morePublished on March 30, 2009 by Kit A. Hickman
Don't miss this standout album by the greates band (still touring)in America.
"SEVEN DAYS" has the funniest lyrics to be found in a rock and roll song! Read more
Not Cracker's best but still well worth the money and time to listen. The same blend of country, rock, punk, and "alternative" that we come to expect from them. Read morePublished on September 1, 2003 by SPN