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I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive Deluxe Edition, CD+DVD

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1st Album Of New Songs In 4 Years
Produced By T Bone Burnett

Features "Every Part Of Me", "The Gulf Of Mexico" and
The Grammy and Emmy Award Nominated Song "This City"

I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is the anticipated follow up to the Grammy® Award winning 2009 release "Townes." The 11-track set was produced by T Bone Burnett and is Earle s first collection of original material since his 2007 Grammy® Award winning album, Washington Square Serenade. The album includes the celebrated song This City, written for the HBO Original Series, Treme, which Earle also appears in as an actor. This City features horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint and has garnered a Grammy® Award Nomination in the Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media category. Other highlights include the ballad Every Part of Me and the ode to those who make their living on the The Gulf Of Mexico.
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  • Audio CD (April 26, 2011)
  • deluxe_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, CD+DVD
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B004N5DHGM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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110 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Winkleman VINE VOICE on April 26, 2011
Format: Audio CD
In the half-decade since Steve Earle moved from the Guitar Town to Greenwich Village, he has released three albums: one of original material, one composed entirely of covers of Townes Van Zandt songs (Earle's mentor, friend, and as described by Earle, "the best songwriter in the whole world"), and now this, his third NYC-era album and second of original material. For those of us who have followed Earle's albums, we know that with his move to Greenwich Village came an obvious change in the sound of Earle's music. On his 2007 release, "Washington Square Serenade (DIG)," (WSS) not only did he seemingly abandon (for the most part) much of the hard rock sound that had permeated many of his previous albums for a softer, more multicultural sound with occasional hip hop accents, but he also began to record using Pro Tools. The effects of the digital recordings were clear in the loops and beats throughout the album, and frankly, while I found the songs to be strong for the most part, I found the Pro Tools influence to be off-putting and disconcerting at times. Earle's 2009 release, "Townes," found him toning back the digital effects; while still present on certain songs, the album felt much more organic, helped in part by the inclusion in the album's deluxe edition of a second disc including Steve's bare guitar/vocal tracks. Now in 2011 Steve Earle has released "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive," (INGOOTWA) an album of original songs that does away with the digital effects that were in his last two albums for once again a more natural, organic sound that resembles his pre-Pro Tools albums.Read more ›
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Old T.B. on April 26, 2011
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Steve Earle's I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive is his first release of all-original material since 2007's Washington Square Serenade; it is arguably his best collection of material since 2003's Jerusalem. It is a mostly subtle and quiet effort, but even Earle's quiet music has a forward lean to it. It is, by far, his most country-sounding album since his 1998 bluegrass outing, The Mountain.

There are several high points on this disc, songs that will stand with the best of Steve Earle's creations. The opener, "Waitin' on the Sky," is a sprightly number where Earle revisits his life and some of his common themes (I love Allison Moorer, I didn't think I'd still be alive) without sounding tired, redundant, or smug. "God is God" is a statement of faith and belief somewhat similar to Waylon Jennings' "I Do Believe," a song he performed with the Highwaymen. "Meet Me in the Alleyway" has a sinister, Tom Waitsian feel along with some yowling harmonica courtesy of Earle. And, "The Gulf of Mexico" showcases Earle's impressive gift for narrative and detail. Musically, it wouldn't sound out of place on a Pogues album; it may be the best song on the album.

T Bone Burnett produced this disc. Most of the time, his touch is light and benefits the music. However, he does sometimes let the sound get a little bottom-heavy. Earle is an eclectic performer at home with folk, country, blues, bluegrass, gospel, and rock. With that in mind, more diversity in the sound of this album would have been appreciated.

Overall, this is a fantastic disc that should appeal to Earle's fan base. It is good enough to possibly win him some new fans, as well. Recommended.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By TCN on May 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
There are no songs on this album that equal Steve's masterpieces, like "Goodbye," but it is still the best overall album since Jerusalem, in my opinion. The songs are consistently good, with the musical range fans expect from Steve. Not much of the rock'n'roller Steve, though "Gulf of Mexico" is a great Pogues style blend of folk and rock, and "Heaven and Hell" has a rock vibe. I particularly like his dabbling with a bit of old New Orleans jazz on "This City," and would love to see him do more with the Preservation Hall band, as someone else here said.

I have read several professional reviews of the album, and find it interesting that there seems to be little agreement about the best and worse songs. For instance, I have seen "Every Part of Me" and "Waiting on the Sky" panned and praised. This probably reflects the lack of any one song that blows folks away, but also that any one reviewer likes different aspects of Steve's work. I also think his best songs musically here are not necessarily his best lyrically, and vice versa.

I was a little worried about T-Bones' production, which I don't always care for, but his arrangements are wonderful with space for Steve to be Steve. The album sounds great. From what Steve says in the documentary on the deluxe album, they recorded mostly live, which probably helped keep it real.

If I were comparing this album to Steve's other work, it would be 4/5, but compared to what else is out there it's a 5/5. And by the way - Steve's new book is great!
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Keith Langkan on April 30, 2011
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I have loved Steve since the mid 80's. I would anxiously await his next release and have never been let down until his last trubute CD. I decided to give him a pass on that sleeper because he was paying homage to his long time influence. So when this new CD came out, I was stoked for some new original material! OH MAN!!! This CD is boring. Nothing sounds unique and it seems that Steve is tired and worn. The songs are basically mixes of all his older and slower tunes, blended together to create "new" material. I just listened to it 5 times in a row and while a few grow on you, they are just weak. This CD will easily get lost in my collection and not likely be played often. I think I am gonna go put on some Copperhead Road and follow it up with I Feel Alright...that should do me!
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