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  • Audio CD (February 16, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lightning Rod Records
  • ASIN: B0032IAB7Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Messenger
2. How Good You Are
3. Not So Sure
4. The Sharpest Crown
5. The Door Was Always Open
6. The First Time I Saw You
7. Unsophisticated Heart
8. Disguised as Someone Else
9. Bury Me Far (From My Uniform)
10. Speak Plainly, Diana

Editorial Reviews

After playing over 200 shows, including runs with Steve Earle, M. Ward and Josh Ritter, Pug took to the studio to record his sophomore release. While the Nation of Heat EP may have earned him the title of talent to watch, with Messenger, Pug explores new territory, sneaking pedal steel guitar into The Sharpest Crown and backing The Door is Always Open with a powerhouse rhythm section. He does not, however, let his solo charm escape the album. Songs like Bury Me Far (From My Uniform) and Unsophisticated Heart make it obvious that Pug is still master of the guy-and-the-guitar song.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By the_wordgirl on March 2, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Back in October, I saw Joe Pug live with the brilliant Meg Hutchinson at Denver's Swallow Hill venue. It was truly a treat, especially given that the small stage made for a living-room atmosphere. I was a newer fan of both of the artists and really had no idea how good they both are, especially live. If you ever have a chance, you really must do everything you can to see them.

Joe's received many comparisons to Bob Dylan, and yes, Pug's music mimicks that sound from time to time. His lyrics can sometimes veer off down that road. There is a bit of Springsteen in his anthems, too. You'll hear some country/folky twang every so often, too. I don't mind any of the meanderings so much because Pug is just so layered and strong enough to pull it off.

I think the key to his ability to do so lies in Pug's massive voice. He sings it like he means it. He strums it like it's his last breath. His lyrics are powerful and much more than hum-worthy. When he rocks, he gets up. When he laments, you're pulled. Something I immediately noticed during his live show was Pug's massive knack for theatricism. His music is appropriately, and thoughtfully, moody.

That said, if you have seen him live, a lot of the songs are old friends. I prefer the live versions to the recorded versions, and I suppose, that's a good thing. I could do without some of the twangy background singers. Pug doesn't need it. This album feels a little world-weary, perhaps because it was produced during a time of difficulty for our nation. It makes sense because, at his core, Pug seems to be a uniquely American singer. This is especially evident in his Bury Me Far From My Uniform: "merciful God, please remember my face." For those who love that wistful vibe, check out Disguised as Someone Else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 25, 2013
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This is a great album from one of the best little known songwriters out there. Nation of Heat established him as a songwriting talent par excellence and this album definitely takes his sound to the next level. If you are a fan of Josh Ritter or Bob Dylan, you will enjoy this album. It is definitely worth your time and attention.
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By bossfan66 on August 31, 2013
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I bought this after hearing Joe Pug open for Zack Brown Band. I liked him live, but this album didn't blow me away lyrically.
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By Tom Connors on August 10, 2013
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Joe Pug is a well kept secret. I like the simplicity of the music and the dpth of his lyrics.
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By D. Johnson on February 3, 2013
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This is a great album from a great artist! Found out about him through the website for James Mcmurtry & Jason Isbell!
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Format: Vinyl
Joe has written a few million dollar tunes - i.e. If I had a bunch of money and was able to dispense $1,000,000 to writers of great songs at my will, he would receive a few of these prizes. Diana, the Hymns, Fathers Drugs.... lots of great lyrics, and a fantastic voice. Definitely check out Joe Pug
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