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Modern Art

Tom RussellAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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It would be easy for Tom Russell to coast on reputation alone. With a career stretching back nearly four decades, and a catalog of more than 20 albums, the consummate storyteller has amassed a devoted following that cherishes his vivid, novelistic tales evoking the spirit of the American experience in tightly constructed, panoramic vignettes. Among his most ardent fans are fellow artists: ... Read more in Amazon's Tom Russell Store

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  • Audio CD (April 22, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: April 22, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B00008V62G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Kid From Spavinaw
2. The Ballad Of Sally Rose
3. The Boy Who Cried Wolf
4. Muhammad Ali
5. American Hotel
6. Racehorse Haynes
7. The Dutchman
8. Modern Art
9. Isaac Lewis
10. Bus Station
11. Crucifix In A Death Hand
12. Tijuana Bible
13. Gulf Coast Highway

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOM NEVER DISAPPOINTS... May 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Although not quite as dark and raw as his last effort Borderland, this may well be Tom's most accessable release to date. It's actually a great place to start for all you TR neophites and curious Nanci Griffith fans. I'll go as far as to put his tragic tale of the sea "Issac Lewis" up there with "El Gallo del Cielo" in terms of weaving that epic story as only Tom can do. My personal favorite is the touching and most likely autobiographical "The boy who cried wolf". A classic, this one really hits home. And be you a guitar fanatic or not, its certain that Tom's often underrated partner Andrew Hardin's amazing fretwork will give you goosebumps all throughout this album. I may be repeating myself, but this one's a keeper.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Memorable Offering From Tom May 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who aren't familiar with Tom Russell, the best way to summarize him is that he is truly one of our nation's best songwriters. He's also an exceptional performer although that is sometimes lost by some because so many other people have done great versions of his songs.
His newest CD Modern Art, is a bit of a departure from some of his past works. It's different in that these songs seem much more personal. His songs have always reflected on events and people in his life, but this album really digs deep and under the surface.
In my opinion, the highlights of the album include a number of duets with Nanci Griffith. Dave Alvin's song Bus Station is one such example. More importantly, the new songs fit well with his live performances, so if you get a chance to see Tom when he comes to your town, do it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Capturing a variety of Americana on MODERN ART August 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Mickey Mantle sings of joy and regret as he remembers the simple life as a "Kid in Spavinaw," "Muhammad Ali" makes an appearance in all his brash confidence, and even poor Stephen Foster is present on this collection of story songs, where Russell shares with the listener a variety of lives, both real and imagined. Each little biography is a reflection on some aspect of life's trial, but many are confirmation that the struggle is worthwhile including the auto-biographical title cut. There are a few throwaways here; the Bukowski/Zevon blend makes me want more Zevon and less Bukowski, and one more version of "The Dutchman" doesn't really add anything to the mix. But the addition of Nanci Griffith on three cuts and the hilarious rockabilly of "Tijuana Bible," more than make up for any of the other shortcomings.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don Imus, Book This Artist May 28, 2003
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A magnificent record by a great American writer and singer. At an LA show recently, Russell said he'd never written a sea song before. So he writes "Isaac Lewis," which is glorious -- one of the best folk songs (which is to say, best songs) of the last five years. You see a picture in living color the way the chords and tune move with these graceful lines: "So I kissed the lips of Emma Gray and set sail for Liverpool/And the parrots perched in the riggings, boys, and the dolphins swam in schools." If I may, Russell's got some father issues, and his best songs, such as "Isaac Lewis," plumb them beautifully. Speaking of heroes, "Modern Love" has tributes to Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. The former, "The Kid From Spavinaw," digs deep and touches gold (those father issues again), but in the latter Russell pulls his punches, ironically enough. It's the only letdown on the record. It'd be weird if it were perfect, huh? Buy this, and give your father, grandfather, or uncle one on Father's Day.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new offering from a talented singer/songwriter April 26, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I especially liked the diversity of songs and styles from the upbeat but serious Muhammad Ali, to excellent interpretations of American Hotel and Bus Station. I discover something new every time I listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Russell find his voice December 2, 2008
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I think this is his finest CD. Great ballads plus 3 duets with Nancy Griffith. I could do without Racehorse Haynes and Tijuana Bible (both show Tom's sense of humor), but I love all the others.
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