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Gringo Honeymoon

Robert Earl KeenAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 26, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • ASIN: B000000EX5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Think It Over One Time
2. Tom Ames' Prayer
3. Gringo Honeymoon
4. The Raven and The Coyote
5. Lonely Feeling
6. Merry Christmas From The Family
7. Barbeque
8. Lynnville Train
9. I'm Comin' Home
10. Dreadful Selfish Crime

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His hair isn't as electric as Lyle Lovett's, and his life isn't as tragic as Townes Van Zandt's, but Keen is the sort of literate songwriter Texas produces by the bushel. Joe Ely is a big fan of his songs, covering "When Kindness Fails" and "The Road Goes On Forever", but Keen has been recording low-key albums of his own since the mid-'80s. His ability to capture the lives of nickel-and-dime losers is reminiscent of Raymond Carver one minute, John Prine the next. On Gringo Honeymoon, Keen proves he can funny--his "Merry Christmas from the Family" is a wicked take on holiday dysfunction--and overall it's his most consistent album. The only misstep is "Barbecue," a slight appreciation of wood-smoked meat that feels obvious and forced. --Keith Moerer

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of Texas June 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Robert Earl Keen exemplifies the best aspects of country music- fantastic songwriting, great storytelling and musical talent. Gringo Honeymoon is perhaps his best album. Songs such as Tom Ames' Prayer and Raven and The Coyote transport the listener to a time when America was wild and untamed. Other efforts, such as Gringo Honeymoon and Merry Christmas From The Family , speak about the lives of Americans who live below the radar screens of the media and popular culture. It is surprising that Keen does not have more exposure outside of his native Texas. Still, Gringo Honeymoon is a rare gem- an album that is good from beginning to end. Considering the pre-fab nature of the majority of today's country music, it is refreshing to listen to an album that is as good and as honest as this one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album November 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I've listened to Keen for a long time now; this is by far my favorite album. Not well-known because he's not "radio-friendly", he has a tendency to write music that's in that nebulous area somewhere between country, folk, blues, rock, etc. Layered melodies, lyrics that express complex emotions -- things that don't necessarily fit popular country music -- are all mainstays of his work.
"Gringo Honeymoon" contains a number of tracks that reflect a desire to hang on to fleeting moments and eloquently express complex emotions. "Lonely Feelin'" manages to perfectly convey that lonely feeling you get on a rainy afternoon witout becoming syrupy or sentimental. The title track is a relaxing tune that well fits the feeling of a young couple finally escaping the madness and enjoying one of the happier times in their lives. "The Raven and the Coyote" and "Lynnville Train" deal with complicated emotions and themes rarely dealt with in recent American music (the despair of a defeated soldier, etc.) Again, he makes all these things quite accessible without becoming condescending or overly sentimental.
If you're not familiar with modern Texas country music or "Americana", this is one of the best introductory albums I can imagine. If you are, then you should already know that this is an essential part of your collection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware you may become addicted to REK January 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I first saw REK on a Austin city limits re-run sometime in 1994. I enjoyed every song he performed, and his storytelling was great. I then went, and bought my first REK Cd Gringo Honeymoon. I have listened to that Cd Mucho times since then. I now have all of REK's Cd's. I believe Gringo Honeymoon is REK's best. No. 2 live is also great so you can experience a little of his humerous storytelling, but you have got to experience him in concert to appreciate his talent. REK, and his band are the best live musicians I have ever heard. He use to be the lone star state's best kept secret, but he has since attracted a huge following.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A excellent album September 28, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I love this music. I think that the Raven and Coyote and Lynvale train are some of the most beautiful songs that I have ever heard. Merry Christmas from the Family is a great dysfunctional Christmas song. Get the album. It is woth the cost.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wishin' that the World Would Stop November 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Another reviewer mentioned that Gringo Honeymoon is a great way to start a REK collection, and that's just what I did several years ago (actually my wife did--asking the local CD store owner what someone would like who also listens to John Prine and Lyle Lovett). I've bought and received several other REK albums over the years, but Gringo Honeymoon remains my favorite for the title track (a great love song--wouldn't you love to live that day?); for Think It Over One Time (we heard REK play an incendiary version at a live show in Baton Rouge); for Merry Christmas From the Family (a great singalong if you can keep straight what to buy from the Kwik Pack at each visit, along with the names of all the cousins); for Dreadful Selfish Crime; for I'm Coming Home (a country version of Jimmy Buffett's wonderful Come Monday--sort of Jet Plane in reverse); really for all but Barbecue, which seriously lacks the wit and punch of REK's other redneck anthems (Five Pound Bass and Copenhagen come to mind). Only the live album "No. 2 Live Dinner" comes close, probably because it contains most of Gringo Honeymoon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still batting 1.000 August 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
"Gringo Honeymoon" is a worthy follow up to "West Textures", and in some ways surpasses that effort as possibly his finest Outlaw record (it's at the very least his purest). Not only does he cover Steve Earle's immortal "Tom Ames' Prayer" (which ends with an abortive prayer during a standoff, finishing with the line "so he cocked both his pistols, and he spit in the dirt, and he walked out into that street"), but with "Gringo Honeymoon" he throws his own hat into the ring. "Think It Over One Time" is the kind of mid-tempo ballad REK does best: brisk instrumentation coupled with plaintive, breezy singing (this description would also fit most 70s AM radio pop, and to the extent that that music ever became transcendant - ie. rarely - the description is apt).

Probably the one song that results in the most sales for this album is "Merry Christmas from the Family" -- it's irreverent enough that it appeals to the Dr. Demento crowd, but for those that prefer Keen's more insightful lyrics, he doesn't skimp here: "Merry Christmas..." is a bittersweet homage to the average dysfunctional Southern family, raw and wistful at the same time. But whatever it's merits, it's typical of the schism that divides many of Keen's listeners. Depending on what type of crowd you see Keen live with, you may experience a respectful gathering of fans who prefer his more introspective work, these listening quietly in appreciation and withholding applause for the gap between songs, or you may get the drunken, rowdy redneck crowd, who will suffice for hearing "Five Pound Bass", "Copenhagen", "Road Goes On Forever" and the like (even bearing the inclusion perhaps of a "Gringo Honeymoon" on the basis of it's outlaw lyrics), but have little patience for the likes of a "Jennifer Johnson & Me" or "Snowing on Raton".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Robert Earl Keen
I know nothing about this album at all. This was purchased as a Christmas gift. My father seems to enjoy it very much but I know nothing about it.
Published 14 months ago by Angel/Josh Raisty
5.0 out of 5 stars Gringos are cool
Reviews are not. a s d f g h j k l o i ui y t t r e w
Published 14 months ago by John Endendyk
5.0 out of 5 stars yep
love it, this guy writes funny music to moving stories. plus it sounds good. im kinda hooked onto it. i hope mariano made it home ok
Published 20 months ago by Robert Jensen
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
Overall, I found this album to be a disappointment, especially after reading the high praise from other fans. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Gringo Holiday
I had never heard anything by David earl Keen, and when I heard the Christmas song featured on this disc on country radio, I went searching for the song and found this CD. Read more
Published on February 18, 2008 by Robert Nyeholt
3.0 out of 5 stars A Texas original
Standard fare from REK. A few bright spots like Merry Christmas from the Family, but some of the others are just rehashed ballads.
Published on December 6, 2007 by B. D. Pruett
4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant musician knows how to spin a yarn...
The first four songs on "Gringo Honeymoon" are great, and the album gets off to a sprightly pace with "Think it Over One Time," a brave ditty about fallen romance. Read more
Published on April 25, 2007 by Sal Nudo
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely One of REK's Best
His best album along with West Textures. Great story-telling songs such as the title track and of course "Merry Christmas". Read more
Published on August 12, 2006 by K. Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Can almost taste it
Robert Earl Keen is the best of the best. I used to think Lyle was the best, and James McMurtry is right up there, but for me REK is king. Read more
Published on August 11, 2006 by T. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Storyteller
REK is one of the greatest storytellers of our times and it is evident in every song of this album. Any fan of John Prine, Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovette, or any Texas Country artist... Read more
Published on September 15, 2005 by Cowboy on the Ocean
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