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Metamodern Sounds in Country Music is the follow-up to Sturgill Simpson's critically acclaimed debut, High Top Mountain. The album title - an allusion to Ray Charles groundbreaking 1962 record, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music - hints at the psychedelic sounds found within. Compared to Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, Simpson explores a more progressive side of outlaw country in his wholly unique and captivating second album.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 13, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: High Top Mountain Records
  • ASIN: B00J8JQ6D4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (381 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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99 of 103 people found the following review helpful By kc-scout on May 13, 2014
Format: Audio CD
People loved his first release "High Top Mountain". I thought it was good, not great. His less than a year follow up, "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music" is so unbelievably good, I will downright say this is the album of the decade. I'm not blowing smoke or being coy, its just that good.

I've had this album for a few weeks. If you pre-ordered the first day or so it was offered, they gave you the whole album then. Since then they stopped doing it so it was either a gift for the early pre-orders or a mistake. Either way, I've been playing it a lot over the last few weeks so I think I can give an honest review.

Sturgill has a very deep and Waylon-ish voice. People often hear Waylon in his songs, as do I, but he really has a style and demeanor that is not comparable to Waylon. The sound of the voice is where the comparisons end. The album starts off on a psychedelic turn with "Turtles all the Way Down". Lyrics contain Buddha, the devil, reptile aliens, God, inner light, and so on. But the song does have a purpose and more importantly is a beautifully constructed piece of music. The tone, pace, and instrumentation do a magnificent job of setting the stage for the rest of the album.

The album continues on with honky tonk style songs, covers (and a surprise one at that), and still an occasional psychedelic reference. Its certainly a modern touch on traditional country music and should restore your faith in country music as it has mine. If your tired of pop country and think there's nothing left worth listening to... PLEASE give this album a try.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By suz on May 18, 2014
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Last weekend on Prairie Home Companion Garrison Keeler hosted this band. Something about this singer, I reached to turn the volume louder. Now, I love all different types of music; classic rock to the rich harmonics of choral music. I love southern rock and Black gospel. I'm eclectic. Sometimes as well I love the sound of silence but this band has reached me deeply. I never quite heard the name of this band..I began a web search using the names I believe I heard Garrison use. I find Sturgill Simpson and the boys... and I order this CD the next day. This music is gospel no doubt but a take I've not ever heard before. Sturgill's songs are sad but they all have a beat unique yet true to country's signature genre. Sturgil's songs are about love and loss and God, whats new about that? Everything under the sun. Sturgil's voice is every country singers' braided into raw talent. He's a velvet prayer shawl hiding the 38 Special on the kitchen counter. I'm going to buy several more copies of this CD, I will send one to Grady Kirkpatrick, host of Wyoming Public Radio who broadcasts live from the University of Wyoming, and a friend of mine. I'm going to send a copy to my girlfriends all of whom will dig this band as much as I do. There's a little dive bar down the road from my home, I'm going to loan the owner my copy to share with his patrons. I wish Sturgill Simpson and his band every success. I'm a fan now and I will be waiting to see them live at Redrocks just as soon as they can get there...
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By James S. Ayers on May 25, 2014
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I'll start by saying this is the best country album I've heard in over 20 years. It is everything that country music should be and that modern pop country is not. Good lyrics that sound like they were written by a real human with real emotions, well executed songwriting by someone who genuinely respects and enjoys what the genre is really about, and a modern twist on this classic sound that truly makes it his own rather than just trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator.

I've listened to this album at least once a day since it was released (multiple weeks ago), and I don't see any signs of that slowing down soon. Sturgill covers everything from traditional "classic" country, outlaw country, gospel, and everything. I hate modern pop country "trash", and absolutely I love this album. I just hope that it has as much of an effect on other budding musicians as it has had on me.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rob on May 18, 2014
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I first discovered Sturgill Simpson with his band Sunday Valley. Their performances of "Life ain't fair" and "I wonder" blew me away! I thought I had just found the saviors of country music, so I started to search the internet for anything I could find on these guys and found out they'd just called it quits. Crap... I was incredibly let down. But every once in a while over the next year or so I would check the web for any buzz or news about Sturgill or his band, and eventually talk of a new solo album started to fizzle. So I waited, knowing that the build up would inevitably lead to a let down. And then... High Top Mountain came out. And it blew me away. I was so sure I'd be disappointed by way of my high expectations but I wasn't. Just the opposite, in fact. I was blown away AGAIN!

So, long story short, I went into the Metamodern 'hoopla' with the same mindset. How could I not? Could he really put out another album as good as the first (in the span of a year at that!) and what the hell would it sound like, with a name like "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music." I knew that if it worked, he was a genius. Well it did. Sturgill is a freakin genius. He is his own artist, a point that has become more and more clear to me since I first heard heard the Sunday Valley tracks. Each piece of work he's put out has been pure country goodness. And each work has been better than the last. I don't often read, re-read, or re-re-read an entire album of country music lyrics but I did with this one. That should tell you something about how thoroughly well done and thought out this whole thing is.
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