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Outsider [Import]

Rodney CrowellAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)


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Great songwriters are said to reveal themselves through their work; their candor and transparency of soul is the key to the listener’s empathic heart and the culture’s admiration. But the lions of country songwriting, idolized and covered in magazines as they are, can sometimes feel like statues carved in marble, not fleshy, visceral human beings who’ve been scared, scarred ... Read more in Amazon's Rodney Crowell Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 19, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0009A220C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,943 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Say You Love Me
2. The Obscenity Prayer
3. The Outsider
4. Dancin' Circles Round The Sun
5. Beautiful Despair
6. Don't Get Me Started
7. Ignorance Is The Enemy
8. Glasgow Girl
9. Things That Go Bump In The Day
10. Shelter From The Storm
11. We Can't Turn Back

Editorial Reviews

2005 Album from the Veteran Singer/Songwriter. Fueled by a Muscular Crew of Nashville Rockers (Led by Will Kimbrough on Guitar) and Including a Host of Guest Vocalists (Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Buddy and Julie Miller and J.d. Souther), "The Outsider" Finds Crowell Deftly Crisscrossing Genre Borders in his Rowdiest and Most Socio/Politically Outspoken Effort Ever. From the Blazing ’60s Garage Rock of "Say You Love Me" to the Exquisite Duet with Emmylou on Dylan’s "Shelter from the Storm," from the In-your-face Punk Punch of "The Obscenity Prayer" to the Gospel Choir on "Ignorance is the Enemy," Rodney Crowell is Firing on all Cylinders and Taking No Prisoners.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of few honest songwriters left...a true tunesmith August 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Rodney Crowell has been called many things throughout his long career, and he's about to add on a new nickname: "Rockin' Rodney." Because, really, one just can't resist, after hearing the jangling electric guitars on the opening numbers. But never fear; for Rodney Crowell, it has never (at least, not recently) been about sounding commercial, or even sounding "country." It's been about the music--whatever style you want to call it.

His songwriting, as witnessed on his previous release (the incredible FATE'S RIGHT HAND), has not diminished any. This album covers a wide range of topcics, from love to lust, from anger to addoration. He criticizes greedy celebrities ("Give to me my Aspen winters/Sorry 'bout the World Trade Center/But I Can't help the ones in need/I got my own mouth to feed"), hippocrites ("The Dixie Chicks can kiss my a**/But I still need that backstage pass"), all the while praising one of his influences and compatriots, Bob Dylan ("Beautiful despair is hearing Dylan when you're drunk at 3 a.m./And knowing that the chances are no matter what you'll never write like him"). He even covers Dylan's "Shelter From the Storm," re-worked as an amazing duet with Emmylou Harris, a long-time friend and collaborator (Harris was one of the first to record a Rodney Crowell song).

With guests including Harris, John Prine, the Jenkins, Jedd Hughes, Buddy and Julie Miller, and others, Crowell manages to stand on his own, as he's always done. THE OUTSIDER is yet another great masterpiece by this truly unique singer/songwriter, who has influenced many artists over the years, and continues to do so today. If you miss THE OUTSIDER, you're missing what music is all about--honesty.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars +1/2 -- Crowell's autobiographical eye turns outward August 26, 2005
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Following a six year hiatus from releasing new albums, Crowell dropped the autobiographical "The Houston Kid" in 2001. This observation of the songwriter's beginnings was complemented in 2003 by the introspective spiritual self-examination, "Fate's Right Hand." Crowell now converts the pair into a trilogy as his latest collection of songs turn his view outward, contemplating how his being and philosophies fit in to the current political and social landscape.

Crowell's often written autobiographically, such as 1992's divorce-inspired "Life is Messy" LP, but his recent arc is broader and more seasoned, weaving personal issues into a larger world context. His latest lyrics are among his most forceful yet, and they're backed by a four-piece rock 'n' roll band that weaves searing guitar lines with touches of organ and horns. Writing on tour in Europe, Crowell catches the poetic qualities of being lost in love in the northlands ("Glasgow Girl"), and tense moments in a pub ("Don't Get Me Started") during which the human and monetary costs of America's foreign policy connect uncomfortably to the USA's capitalistic imperative.

Consumer culture's contradictions come to the fore on "The Obscenity Prayer," laid out in a greedy inner-monologue of callous materialism and hypocritical contradiction ("The Dixie Chicks can kiss my ass / But I still need my backstage pass"). The overbearing punditry of the modern world gives way to the value of trusting one's personal observations in "Dancin' Circles Round the Sun," and a similar sense of self-empowerment is found in "Beautiful Despair." Crowell sings of self imposed limitations and that "Beautiful despair is slouching forward toward a past you might regret.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ear for hooks and a sharp tongue for the times January 31, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The first six songs of this album are as hook-laden and catchy as anything by today's teen queens, but that's where the comparison ends, because Rodney Crowell's lyrics are unusual and his voice has a frequently noticeable twang that, unlike many of today's country stars, is unaffected and natural. Since country has increasingly become pop, you would think that this album would have been enthusiastically embraced by country radio, but this is the third of a series of Crowell albums in which he delves into subjects and areas that reflect his personal beliefs, so while the music may be in tune with Big & Rich, the lyrics are as far from Toby Keith as you can get.

I first discovered Crowell with his breakup (from Rosanne Cash) album, Life is Messy, and enjoyed it because it used the tropes of country music (steel guitar, a singer with a drawl, distinct lyrics that seem as if they are spoken directly to you) but didn't pander. Like Lyle Lovett and Dwight Yoakam, Crowell was unusual and the very fact that he didn't fit within mainstream country made his songs much more interesting to me. That album marked his first departure from Nashville, where he had made a name for himself as a songwriter and producer. I have no idea if this was an intentional break, or if it just grew organically from life events, but no matter, it was the stuff of good albums. I picked up his greatest hits collection, which was okay, but much too like the others songs of its era, and not as unusual as Life is Messy.

I had forgotten about Crowell until recently when I heard a new song of his on a local indepenent radio station and realized that he was back, and back with the kind of songs that I was looking for. Appropriately enough, the song was "The Outsider," from the album of the same name.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
After two fine albums (The Houston Kid and Fate's Right Hand) this one is very disappointing. It's not really bad but its not really good either. Read more
Published 2 days ago by MJH
5.0 out of 5 stars Unknown jewel
I had some of his previous work but didn't know how great this period of work was - this and Fate's right hand are stellar.
Published 11 months ago by droidle3
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rodney Crowell
Anyone who likes great songwriting will love Rodney Crowell. This cd is chock full of expertly crafted songs, from the lyrics to the terrific compositions. Read more
Published 16 months ago by G. Heinrich
3.0 out of 5 stars The down side of the cycle
Rodney Crowell is a talented songwriter, but inconsistent at best. Occasional hits on his early records led to two extremely strong albums: Street Language and Diamonds & Dirt. Read more
Published on August 12, 2010 by Evil Overlord
5.0 out of 5 stars The only Insider who is an Outsider
Rodney Crowell has the nerve to say what needs to be said and he does it beautifully. He speaks on so many levels with his music that it will appeal to everyone. Read more
Published on January 25, 2007 by T. Gabriel
5.0 out of 5 stars A songwriter's songwriter.
If you have never seen this man perform live you are missing one of the greatest living performers of Americana music. Everyone leaves the show smiling. Read more
Published on June 9, 2006 by Don Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Day Profit
If Rodney Crowell did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him. Time

and again he has infused country music with a jolt of creativity that shakes

it up... Read more
Published on January 3, 2006 by Faithless Street
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kid on a Spree
RC has had a real streak lately...hard to fathom, but his songwriting just keeps getting better and better. Read more
Published on December 14, 2005 by Travis Dubya McGee Bickle
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong follow-up to "Fate's Right Hand"
For my money the best track is the Harris, Prine, & Crowell delivery of "Ignorance Is The Enemy" -- most all the founders said so -- and it's never been proven to be so true until... Read more
Published on October 29, 2005 by David L. Goble
3.0 out of 5 stars Rodney In Mid-Life Crisis.
Rodney Crowell came to Knoxville, from Florida via Nashville, in a big blue bus -- after spending some time entertaining in England. Read more
Published on October 26, 2005 by Betty Burks
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