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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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  • Audio CD (September 2, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B001AZFZL8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Americana literati Rodney Crowell continues down the path blazed by his previous three records with ''Sex & Gasoline''. Crowell bounded onto the music landscape in 1988 with the Top 40 crossover album ''Diamonds and Dirt'', which produced an astonishing five number one singles and a Grammy Award for the single 'After All This Time.' As part of Emmylou Harris' original Hot Band, Crowell's musical pedigree is unquestionable, at one time even earning him the right to remake Johnny Cash's singular 'Ring of Fire' with Cash himself singing Rodney's reworked melody. With his new album ''Sex & Gasoline'', he continues to write about contemporary themes. ''Sex & Gasoline'' was produced by Joe Henry and contains what Crowell says are, ''some of the best performances I've given to date.'' For the new material Crowell and Henry brought in some of music's most skilled sidemen including Doyle Bramhall II (acoustic and electric guitar), Greg Leisz (acoustic and electric guitar, pedal and lap steel, mandolin, mandocello and dobro), Patrick Warren (piano, pump organ and Chamberlin), David Piltch (upright and electric bass) and Jay Bellerose (drums and percussion).

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How many male singer-songwriters have the guts to write, "If I could have just one wish/Maybe for an hour/I'd want to be a woman/And feel that phantom power"? That's what Rodney Crowell does in "The Rise and Fall of Intelligent Design," one of a number of captivating, autobiographical songs on Sex & Gasoline, all of which were inspired by women. If the cartoonish cover photo suggests that females frighten him, the songs bear out an opposite truth, as the album explores--and at times nearly worships--feminine strength. In what nearly amounts to an audio diary, he tracks intimate moments with his wife, daughters, friends, and the women he observes from afar (including a screen goddess in "Moving Work of Art"). Though the lyrical tone ranges from biting and Dylanesque (the title song, about the objectification of women in advertising and the media) to tender and confessional ("Forty Winters"), more often than not, Crowell finds empathy with his subjects, his aching tenor taking on a mellow resolve. (Producer Joe Henry keeps the backing sparse and uncluttered.) Returning from a six-year hiatus in 2001, Crowell pushes himself harder each time out, making his transition from Top 40 hitmaker to Americana god, a rich and powerful journey with no end in sight. -– Alanna Nash

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The closing autobiographical "Closer to Heaven" will make you laugh...until you realize he is talking about YOU as well as himself.
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The lyrics and music are great, and it's good to see that Crowell still has a lot to say about the world and his place in it.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on September 8, 2008
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Rodney Crowell started off as a country music traditionalist; remember all those hits from DIAMONDS & DIRT? But somewhere in the 90's, he found a new calling: that of the country/folk troubadour. Beginning with THE HOUSTON KID, then onto FATE'S RIGHT HAND and THE OUTSIDER, he crafted some of the best socially aware, rockin' folk music out there--which happened to be rooted firmly in country music. SEX AND GASOLINE follows strongly in that vein, and gives FATE'S RIGHT HAND a run for its money as his best record.

Crowell's lyrics, as on the past few albums, range from the scathing to the tender. The emphasis here is upon social concerns, definitely; the opener argues that the world (and your mama's world) runs on the two titular items. The groovin' "Who Do You Trust" combines sarcastic lyrics with choir vocals. "The Rise and Fall of Intelligent Design" is a rather tongue-in-cheek look at the world today (and features some of the album's few directly-political lyrics, with Crowell lamenting about the flooding of New Orleans, and what it would be like to be the first female president). Later on in the album, he tackles Hollywood and celebrities ("Honey, screw the money!" he demands), as well as political correctness (and lack thereof; both are ripe for parody). The closing autobiographical "Closer to Heaven" will make you laugh...until you realize he is talking about YOU as well as himself.

Then there's the lover ("First comes love like it always did/Or we wouldn't be talkin' 'bout the Houston Kid" he once sang). "The Night's Just Right" sounds like it could have been on Kristofferson's THIS OLD ROAD album; it is a truly beautiful, touching tune about growing old gracefully, and about true love; "Forty Winters" follows in a similar vein.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William Parr on October 1, 2008
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As of this writing, there have only been two reviews of this CD. Does this mean that the CD is not selling well? Or does it mean that the buyers do not care to write a review?

I hope the latter. This is a great CD. A little more "acoustic" than his previous two releases, but still some great songwriting and musicianship. It doesn't get much better than Doyle Bramhall II playing lead guitar.

Rodney Crowell's music is neither country or rock, but is better than anything you will hear on either country or rock radio. I hope he continues to make music that appeals to himself rather than the commercial audience.

If you are a fan of Americana or just great songwriting and musicianship, pick this one up. You'll not be sorry.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jef Fazekas on October 9, 2008
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Over the course of his last couple of releases, starting with 2003's FATE'S RIGHT HAND and continuing with 2005's THE OUTSIDER, Rodney Crowell has moved further and further away from the country stylings that made him one of the most acclaimed songwriters of the last 30 years. In it's place, he's increasingly embraced the darker, more probing aspects of the all-encompassing genre now known as Americana. Said switch peaks here with the brooding, beautiful SEX & GASOLINE. Things start on a strong note with the disc's excellent title track. Everything just comes together here, from Jay Bellrose's brilliant cymbal work and Patrick Warren's lovely piano fills to David Piltch's throbbing undercurrent of a bassline. Add a seductive lead vocal and biting lyrics ("You're over forty/That's it for you/I'm pretty sure there's nothing else that we can do/Perhaps the convent/Perhaps the knife/You woulda coulda shoulda been a rich man's wife") and you have a great album opener. "Moving Work Of Art" could prove to be Crowell's "You're So Vain".....is he talking about ex-wife Rosanne Cash here? True, Cash isn't "turning heads out there in Tinsel Town", but her career has sort of eclipsed Crowell's over the last few years, what with the critical one/two punch of 2003's RULES OF TRAVEL and 2006's stunning BLACK CADILLAC. Whatever the case, this cut is haunting in it's honesty and observational skills. There's a slow, sensual shuffle to "The Rise And Fall Of Intelligent Design" that's captivating. The percolating arrangement wraps itself around lyrics that are both thoughtful ("If I could have just one wish/Maybe for an hour/I'd want to be a woman/And feel that phantom power") and stinging ("It's no excuse to be brutal/It's no excuse to be vile/It's no excuse to die for religion/Or harm an innocent child").Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gaylen Halbert on November 13, 2008
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Moving Work of Art is one of the songs on this CD and it is a reasonable title for this review. Fate's Right Hand may be Rodney's best album, but I think Sex and Gasoline will be getting more listens from me----it just goes down easier. Good production by Joe Henry with a host of outstanding musicians in the studio. I am happy with my purchase.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Cadigan on September 10, 2008
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Great songs! Intelligent lyrics, excellent musicianship, and maybe most of all, great hooks. Memorable songs that make me look forward to taking my friends to see Rodney and his group put on a great live show. Over the years, each new Rodney Crowell record has upped the ante. Not this time. Since 'The Outsider", I've been eagerly awaiting his next effort and tour, but I'm disappointed this time out. While it is worth adding to my Crowell collection, I know this is not one that's going to reside in my car's CD player for long. I'm sure that for many, this is a fine record. Not for me, though... I hope that Sex and Gasoline represents a different kind of record that Rodney wanted to make, and that he will return to recent form for the next one. Hope to see it soon.
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