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Tarpaper Sky [Vinyl + MP3]

Rodney CrowellVinyl
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  • Vinyl (April 15, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B00I9UEG7Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,962 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Long Journey Home
2. Fever On The Bayou
3. Frankie Please
4. God I'm Missing You
5. Famous Last Words Of A Fool In Love
6. Somebody's Shadow
7. Grandma Loved That Old Man
8. Jesus Talk To Mama
9. I Wouldn't Be Me Without You
10. The Flyboy & The Kid
11. Oh What A Beautiful World

Editorial Reviews

Esteemed musician, songwriter and author Rodney Crowell has teamed up with New West Records to release Tarpaper Sky, his new self-produced album. It comes fast on the heels of Old Yellow Moon, Crowell s critically lauded collaboration with Emmylou Harris, which won a 2013 Grammy® Award and was named 2013 Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association.
Crowell has pushed the boundaries of country, folk and roots music since long before the term Americana was coined as a genre, making a name for himself and gaining respect as both a songwriter and as an artist. Celebrating 40 years of making music, Crowell has created an album that harkens back to some of his most revered and loved works. Tarpaper Sky would sit comfortably on the shelf right between the chart-topping fan favorite Diamonds and Dirt (1988) and Life Is Messy (1992). This album marks a reunion of the creative partnership of Crowell and musical accomplice Steuart Smith, who was an integral part of his overall sound during the late 80s.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A sanded down moon in a tarpaper sky." April 17, 2014
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Rodney Crowell's best albums--THE HOUSTON KID and FATE'S RIGHT HAND spring immediately to mind--are personal, deeply-felt albums wrought with heart, humor, and all the grit you find under a workingman's fingernails. Crowell has rarely shied away from telling it like it is; he's one of the few songwriters you can trust, time and again, to paint the picture true, even if it's not entirely right.

On the whole, TARPAPER SKY falls in line with Crowell's impressive, decades' long body of work. The opening track could've come from either of the previously-mentioned albums. The closer, "God What a Beautiful World," would fit right at home on Crowell's previous solo project, SEX & GASOLINE. The slow-rolling (think Don Williams) creole anthem "Fever on the Bayou" perhaps sums up Crowell best: a melody like a warm summer breeze, filled with tongue-in-cheek poetry laced with naughtiness. "Diamonds and dirt," to quote a prior Crowell record.

If TARPAPER SKY has one major strike against it, it's that, unlike Crowell's best stuff, these songs don't entirely congeal into an album. What makes some of his previous albums so unforgettable is the way the songs string together, thematically or melodically. TARPAPER almost feels piecemeal. Each song on its own shines, to varying degrees; but the journey is stilted, as the songs never coalesce into a larger overall picture. Still, for Crowell fans, this is a must-have album. Perhaps it's not his best--but like anything by a master craftsman, you'll still want to get your hands on it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A streak of great albums continue April 16, 2014
By Pablo
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After a great album of duets with Emmylou Harris, comes Tarpaper Sky which shows off his great songwriting and a voice that has more power than he's had in years. It is an album of varying influences, starting off with a country smash, moving into cajun, followed by a rocker...and that's the first 3 tunes

I read in USA Today, that this album was cut pretty much with everyone in the studio playing at the same time. It shows. Highly recommended. I liked it better than his album of duets with Emmylou.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rodney at his best! April 15, 2014
By scotty
Format:Audio CD
This is Rodney Crowell at his best and no doubt about it! The songs are well crafted gems, and his band simply deliver the goods big time! (instrumentation is sweet) This harkens back to what a lot of us fans have been wanting, and it is so nice to hear Rodney go back to his roots...think Diamonds big time here, but of course that is an easy call. I had a chance to meet Rodney in Nashville a few years back and what a genuine an awesome individual!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rodney's voice and music are still vibrant April 28, 2014
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Musicians who have long careers, usually just under the "pop" radar, are some of my favorites. Rodney Crowell keeps maturing as an artist, and still has a lot to say. He dedicates three songs to friends and they are really lovely, especially the ones for John Denver and Guy Clark. I also have Rodney's terrific autobiography, Chinaberry Sidewalks, so knowing more about his journey as a musician and person is really nice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet May 11, 2014
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I have always liked Rodney Crowell alone and when teamed with Roseanne Cash and with Emmy Lou Harris. I have all of his releases even before CD's. I know that he has penned many hits for other artists. He hasn't personally had many hits but his music is great. Most of his songs are of a personal experiences in his life. Some of the lyrics are a little edgy but I still love them.
Tarpaper Sky I feel is his best release yet. The arrangements are fantastic and the accompanying musicians are the best as most are old friends that has worked with him and Emmy Lou.
I love it. Quick delivery and a great price for such a fantastic CD. Buy it, you'll like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Close to Perfection May 21, 2014
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Another wonderful collection of songs by the consistently great Rodney Crowell. For me, it's too early to tell if this is his absolute best album, but it certainly has that potential. Time will tell. There are some truly excellent songs on here, the only exception being the contrived "Jesus Talk To Me," a tune I find so annoying that I now skip it every time I play the CD, and the major reason I'm only giving this 4 stars..

Except for that one glitch, however, the rest of the album really impresses and resonates. As always, Crowell has a flair for penning songs with lyrical depth (some of the lyrics will truly stick in your head), and the melodies in this batch of new tunes are equally strong. For the past three decades, Rodney Crowell has proven to be one of America's finest singer-songwriters --- in any genre --- and this new album provides further proof of his talents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best - but consistently good May 16, 2014
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Crowell writes some great stuff, and he did so again on this collection. I rate the songs on all CDs I buy and this one came out as follows: :

2 excellent tracks..."The Long Road Home" and " The Flyboy and the Kid"
4 rated very good
4rated fair
1 rated poor
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Around 2000 Rodney went from superstar country star to Americana Singer Songwriter star and since has put out many fantastic releases and this one might just be the best. If you liked any of his previous 4 or 5 releases then you will love this one and if you haven't discovered him yet this is the place to start. This is an album that you will still be playing 20 years from now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars and his voice in way that has a great deal of appeal to me
Rodney has settled into his writing, his life, and his voice in way that has a great deal of appeal to me. I am no fan of country music at all, and this is not country.
Published 1 day ago by J. Welch
2.0 out of 5 stars my sister enjoyed it.
I just couldn't get into this CD. On the other hand, my sister enjoyed it.
Published 2 days ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars poignant and with a great deal to say
Still vibrant, poignant and with a great deal to say, Rodney Crowell's latest "Tarpaper Sky" ranks with anything he has ever done. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Tom Miklo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Rodney Crowell and especially enjoyed this CD.
Published 15 days ago by Rosebud
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
all good
Published 19 days ago by Jon M.
3.0 out of 5 stars good cd for that who want something a little different.
overall, i really enjoyed getting this cd. i had a couple of songs i was looking for and found more that i enjoyed.
Published 26 days ago by James Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always love Rodney.
Published 26 days ago by Valjean
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Once again Rodney Crowell sets down a beautiful collection of song.
Published 26 days ago by Michael McIntosh
5.0 out of 5 stars He's Back
First CD by him that I have had in a long time...glad to see he is back...
Published 28 days ago by George Duncan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Been following Rodney since the early days with Emmylou Harris. This stands up well.
Published 1 month ago by Steven L Kruppner
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