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Gravitational Forces

Robert Earl KeenAudio Cassette
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (September 11, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B00005NWOY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,052,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Home Ain't in the Hall of Fame
2. Hello New Orleans
3. Wild Wind
4. Not a Drop of Rain
5. I Still Miss Someone
6. Fallin' Out
7. High Plains Jamboree
8. Walkin' Cane
9. Goin' Nowhere Blues
10. Snowin' on Raton
11. Gravitational Forces
12. The Road Goes on Forever

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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad Sign September 15, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Lost Highway, the new MCA-Universal imprint championing music, better get its act together. Or, it will get a reputation of being the label where acts go to die.
Lucinda Williams's debut for the label was a disappointment, and I hear Ryan Adams's new one isn't much better. Like those two CDs, GRAVITATIONAL FORCES does not represent Mr. Keen's finest moments on disk. Despite the fact that it's been more than 3 years since his last CD, Robert Earl manages to come up with only five new songs here. (I'm not counting the title track, which has neither lyrics or a discernable turn, as a song.) The lack of fresh originals ain't a good sign for a singer-songwriter who's more the latter than the former.
What's good here: Actually, the cover of "Hall of Fame" is very nice -- it sounds like a REK song. "Hello New Orleans" is a good addition the Keen catalog, and Townes Van Zandt's "Snowing on Raton" is just flat one of the best songs ever written.
What's not so good: The cover of "I Still Miss Someone" is bad, bad, bad. What is Keen doing with his voice, why does he sound so stiff? And, couldn't he find some sheet music for this so he could at least get the lyrics right? "Gravitational Forces" is an unfunny monologue describing boredom at a sound check. Dude, when it takes you three years to come up with a "song" about how sound checks take too long, it's time to buy either a book or a clue.
What's mysterious: Why include yet another version of "The Road Goes on Forever"? This is the third time Keen has committed this song to disk. It's a great song, mind you, but the other versions are still available. And, the arrangement here is a carbon copy from 1996's Number 2 Live Dinner.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keen in his sleep is still better than most. September 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Robert Earl Keen's Gravitational Forces is a very good CD, but it is a bit uneven, sounding as if the idea for the album was perhaps conceived during brief pauses between relentless nights on the road the REK band is famous for. Gravitational Forces shows the Earth is slightly off axis when Robert puts his spin on it. Overall, the down sides of this album are; 1)Probably not the best effort REK could have given us. 2) The drums are mixed too LOUD. 3) No Duckworth. 4) Could have used a live recording of any one of the thousand times the band has performed The Road Goes On Forever, and it would have sounded better than the remake on this album. The upsides are: 1)Unique and crafty songwriting 2)Good choices for cover songs, as always. 3) Rich Brotherton provides super guitar licks, as always. 4)The song "Wild Wind" alone makes this CD worth buying. 5) Hey it's Robert Earl..... And as a side note, you ain't lived until you've seen a live Robert Earl Keen show.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spoiled October 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
REK - you've spoiled us. You put out those first 5-6 albums where every song is killer. Just put it on random and listen all day. Now with these last two you give 3-4 cuts that are the best yet, by far (Feelin' Good Again, Hall of Fame, Wild Wind, Not A Drop, Down That Dusty Road) but start pluggin' in the filler for the other cuts. I guess that's to be expected - can't be absolutely brilliant each and every cut. Problem is - you used to be. I'll still buy everything you ever do and see you live every place you go ('ceptin Billy Bob's fight club) but the total package has gone downhill. And I'm not one of those Road Goes On, Merry Christmas, Copenhagen, Pissin' In The Wind guys, either.
By the way, Roger Craeger is doin' a hell of an imitation of you on his latest CD. Everclear and Fun All Wrong shoulda been yours.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not so good September 30, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When we love an artist we all hope that each new album will be as good as their debut, or at least, better than their last. Unfortunately, sometimes they just aren't. Gravitational Forces is a good album. It is much better than most country music coming out of Nashville these days. It is not Robert Earl's best. I knew it wouldn't be when I saw it had yet another version of his signature song, The Road Goes on Forever.
Standouts: Wild Wind will become a Keen standard.
This album does not exemplify his best writing, but he always seems to have a knack for finding great songs and covering them so well you'd think he wrote them, i.e., Terry Allen's Amarillo Highway, James McMurtry's Levelland, and on this album, Townes Van Zandt's Snowin' on Raton (the one reason to by this album).
Not the best, but enjoyable. Hey, support the guy, he'll do better next time.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Destined to be a classic! September 20, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A singular Artist who both defines and defies country music, Robert Earl Keen is his truth telling and introspective self on his latest CD, Gravitational Forces. Keen's legendary wit and crackerjack songwriting, along with his superb taste in cover tunes, shine on this album.
The opening grooves of "Hall of Fame" are a hint of what's to come in this 12 song CD, with Keen answering the question (before it's asked), "What do you think of the state of crappy, prefabricated country music?" In this obscure cover, REK seems to make his declaration (not his concession) that real music is what he's about and to heck with the pop princes and princesses on Top-40 country radio today. That sentiment will be shared happily by the legions of fans that have either grown up listening to Keen, or by those recent converts driven away from Top-40 country radio by sugarcoated playlists and insipid DJ's.
Introspective originals ("Hello New Orleans" and "Goin' Nowhere Blues") demonstrate Keen's songwriting prowess and his God-given ability to turn a phrase as deftly as forefathers Guy Clark, TownesVan Zandt, and yes, even Bob Dylan. His gift of writing about the down-and-outers and losers in life, while making them momentary heroes is astonishing. This is a trait that Keen has displayed before, and one that he delivers once again. For instance, "Wild Wind" is the CD's defining moment and will no doubt be heard blaring from car stereos and screamed as a request by live audiences for years to come.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I'm a big REK fan and thus appreciate his best stuff. Sorry there is...
I'm a big REK fan and thus appreciate his best stuff. Sorry there is no strong gravitational force here making me keep the CD in the car. He has set a high standard.
Published 28 days ago by J. G. Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a truly 'Keen' experience !
Purchased it for the sound of his mellow voice on one of the choices on this CD .........It does not disappoint !
Published 7 months ago by J L B
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Cash covers always get me
Robert Earl Keen is among my favorite artists, and this is one of his finest albums. The cover of "I Still Miss Someone" is phenomenal. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rev. Dummy Gladhands
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I think this record is fantastic. I'm not sure why some think the writing is weak on this one. I think it's eclectic and very entertaining. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Grant
1.0 out of 5 stars What was he thinking?
Okay, I love Robert Earl Keen. Been listening to him for years, even have "No Kinda Dancer" on LP. But this album? I think he spent 20 minutes in the studio and called it good. Read more
Published on November 3, 2006 by Natasha Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Middle of the Pack
Not one of Robert Earl's best, but certainly not one of the worst. One of those CDs where you really like a few of the songs (Snowin' on Raton, Going Nowhere Blues, Wild Wind),... Read more
Published on August 12, 2006 by K. Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
Another classic. Tons of great songs. I specifically disagree with a recent reviewer about Not A Drop of Rain and Walking Cane - those are two of my favorite songs on the album. Read more
Published on August 11, 2006 by T. Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars R.E.K. mails it in
This album was very disappointing, particularly coming on the heels of such great records as Picnic and Walking Distance. Read more
Published on March 19, 2006 by J. Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars How could you go wrong?
This has been one of my favorite Keen listening experiences. With covers of Cash, Townes Van Zandt, Terry Allen with several really good Keen originals, how could you go wrong? Read more
Published on September 27, 2005 by David Alan Ivie
4.0 out of 5 stars Bring Back Duckworth
Overall a good, solid album. I agree with another Reviewer on here that the title track is in fact, complete garbage. Read more
Published on September 15, 2005 by Cowboy on the Ocean
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