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No Kinda Dancer

Robert Earl KeenAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (February 22, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philo Records
  • ASIN: B00006L5T0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No Kinda Dancer
2. The Front Porch Song
3. Between Hello & Goodbye
4. Swervin' in My Lane
5. Christabel
6. Willie
7. Young Lovers Waltz
8. Death of Tail Fitzsimmons
9. Rolling By
10. The Armadillo Jackal

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original... August 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
"No Kinda Dancer" almost certainly won't be your first Robert Earl Keen purchase (odds are favoring close to 100% on that), but it may well end up being your favorite. As of the follow up ("West Textures") Keen would already have his songwriting down to a marketable formula (although one of the best and least exhaustible formalae there is), but here he does what he does best without an inkling of how it's going to go over, and there's a purity in that which cannot be found on any of his subsequent albums.

The only thing that deliberately points toward his future progression is "Keep Swervin' In My Lane", an enjoyable if somewhat lightweight metaphor for the obstacles Keen is constantly having to reckon with. It's a decent song, mind you, but unlike the rest of the album it does have a sort of self-awareness about it, as if it were written specifically for crowd appeal rather than telling an honest tale or exorcising demons, the hallmark of his best (if not his most popular) work.

The title track doesn't seem to get much play this late in the songbook, which is a shame, because it illustrates Keen's knack for infusing tossaway subjects with vivid detail, an almost Flaubertian ideal in it's literary descriptiveness of a fairly mundane scene. This is one complaint that I have about the reissue: the cover photo is obviously taken from the same photo sessions as the original, but whereas the first pressing showed Keen out on a dancefloor looking down at his boots - in keeping with the two-stepping shyness inherent in the song's lyrics - the reissue has him out on the same dancefloor, but this time looking at the camera and grinning. Somehow it just doesn't have the same appeal.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Keen foundation September 21, 1998
Format:Audio CD
This is the quintessential Robert Earl, from thence all things come. This rough CD has all the themes that have become so familiar to his fans from the lighthearted "Swervin' in My Lane," to the intense "Armadillo Jackal," he takes the listener through the gamut of emotions, as he does on every album
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-crafted homemade music by a funny guy July 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
As my most recent acquisition of REK's music (now at 7, but looking for "Gringo Honeymoon" and other earlier stuff than this one), it's already a favorite. My preferences lean towards acoustic music (yes, I'm kinda old and am declining in my need for adolescent screaming into a mike). This is just a perfect album with well-crafted, interesting lyrics and beautiful harmonies. REK is known for his humor, and this album has its share, and it's just fun to listen to. Glad I have it, and will listen to it often, especially when I need a boost.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Music....never grows old! September 1, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have to admit I just leave this CD in the player and play it over and over and over....nearly every day! And it never grows old. Fabulous music from an exceptionally talented song writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome. December 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album is fantastic the whole way through with not one weak cut. However, one song rises above and is utterly transcendent. "Willie" is one of the greatest songs ever to come out of Texas, or anywhere for that matter. It is an absolute masterpiece of conciseness, gorgeous melody, and literary metaphor of the highest caliber.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sign of great things to come March 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've been a longtime REK fan, but keep coming back to this album. His earlier, acoustic stuff is his best -- songs that stand the test of time, stark arrangements that amplify his dark lyrics. "Rollin' By" and "Willie" show a young songwriter who is well on his way to penning modern Texas classics. From the sly humor of "Swerving in My Lane" to the dying cackle of the driver in "Armadillo Jackal," this one's a must. This album started the progression that kept going through "West Textures" and "Gringo Honeymoon" and today's louder REK albums.
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