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Junky Star

August 31, 2010

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 31, 2010
  • Release Date: August 31, 2010
  • Label: Lost Highway Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 58:55
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  • ASIN: B0040PWXU6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

It is definitely worth a purchase and may be one of the best albums of the year.
David Shadd
Junky Star is a lot quieter than either of the band's previous albums and feels like a continuation of Bingham's work in Crazy Heart.
Louis the Kingsnake
Bingham's ability to portray atmosphere through lyrics and music proves outstanding throughout the album.
Mike G.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John Terry on August 31, 2010
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It's hard to believe the man is just 29 years old. Ryan Bingham seems more like some grizzled, peyote addled, desert rat who emerged from a heat mirage on a lonely stretch of highway. I loved the first two albums but I always thought perhaps Ryan was trying to cultivate the image he was projecting. Seems he's been on his own since his teens in rural Texas bouncing back and forth betweem ranch work and rodeos before he turned his attention to music. He's come a long way from sleeping in his pickup truck to a bit part in "Crazy Heart" and an Oscar for "The Weary Kind". Ryan turns from Marc Ford who produced his first two albums to "Crazy Heart" musical mastermind T Bone Burnett. The terminally busy Burnett has the wisdom not to try and change Bingham and The Dead Horses. If anything, he strips away the excess and let's Bingham's lyrical strengths shine through. As much as I love James McMurtry and and his songwriting skills, Ryan Bingham is well on his way to challenging him for the title of poet laureate of Americana music. Maybe James owns the high plains and Ryan reigns over the desert. Highly recommended.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By dan c. on September 2, 2010
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I have to agree with everyone's opinion on Ryan Bingham. He is a great talent!!!
But one of the elements that drew me towards his music is missing on Junky Star.
That would be his "in your face" attitude that bucked the establishment and broke some rules with some rocking tunes that crossed, or at least blurred the lines between country and rock. This album contains no foot-stomping tunes like Bread and Water, Country Roads and even just a little toe tapping experienced in Ghost of Travlin' Jones. If soft, soulful country ballads are your thing, then give this one 5 stars and add it your collection. If your a Bingham fan as am I, then buy it anyway. We're seeing and listening to the creative evolution of a music icon for years to come. Just hoping for more gritty, harder edged stuff in the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dbob on October 3, 2010
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I caught Ryan Bingham for the first time at the Americana Music Awards show at the Ryman in Nashville. He had won both the song of the year award for "The Weary Kind" as well as the artist of the year award. While I had the Crazy Heart soundtrack, I was not acquainted with his other work. In a night filled with incredible performances (for example Robert Plant did an unannounced 40 minute set of his new Band of Joy LP with Buddy Miler and Patty Griffin) Ryan Bingham blew me away with a stunning performance of "Hallelujah" from his new LP. While still sitting in the auditorium, I ordered the new LP as well as his first two releases on both cd and vinyl through the amazon app on my ipod. I have not been disappointed. I find both his songs and his voice to have a depth and maturity that belie his age. His songs have been in constant rotation on my turntable and on my car's iPod. I am planning to catch him live in the next few weeks. Along with artists like Hayes Carll and the Avett Brothers, performers like Ryan Bingham give me hope in the future of country music. It great to see a new stream of talent in the mold of Townes Van Zant, Guy Clark, Steve Earle etc. coming down the pike. I urge you to support Ryan Bingham and others like him by buying their music. It is folks like these that will keep quality songwriting alive in today's world of mass produced Muzak for the lowest common denominator.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Boyd on October 30, 2010
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It's been ages since an artist's music stopped me in my tracks - 29-year-old Ryan Bingham is the latest to do so, and his latest, Junky Star (3rd release, produced by T Bone Burnett,) is a brilliant album. Bingham is a talented songwriter, lyrically taking up themes and characters that complement his hard-life-lived sound. And that voice...Bingham's raspy, throaty vocals are all gravel and grit, sounding 30+ years his senior - part Bob Dylan (today!), part Felice Brothers. Junky Star is old school, no bells and whistles: mostly toned down, contemplative & haunting acoustic ballads woven amidst a few edgier barroom rockers. No matter the style, this is refreshing, invigorating stuff. If the name is familiar, Bingham won multiple awards in `10 for his song "The Weary Kind" from the Crazy Heart soundtrack.

GENRES: Rock, Mellow Rock, Contemporary Folk.

BUY IF YOU LIKE: Bob Dylan, The Felice Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, James McMurtry.

MUST HEAR TRACKS: "The Poet," "The Wandering," "Junky Star," "Hallelujah," "Yesterday's Blues," "Direction of the Wind," "Self Righteous Wall," "All Choked Up Again."
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Deanokat VINE VOICE on August 31, 2010
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Junky Star is another spectacular album from Ryan Bingham. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, every song is like a painting for your ears. Great musicianship, great lyrics that tell great stories, great singing. Ryan Bingham is an incredible, underrated talent. This album, coming on the heels of his Oscar win for "The Weary Kind" (from Crazy Heart), might go a long way towards bumping Bingham to big-time stardom. NOTE: The MP3 version of the album includes "The Weary Kind" as the 13th track, which is a nice bonus. That song is NOT included on the CD version. My favorite Junky Star tracks so far: "The Poet," "Depression," and "Hallelujah." Fabulous stuff. I couldn't recommend this album more highly.
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