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Dwight takes the OMG Generation to school,
This review is from: 3 Pears (Audio CD)
With Dwight Yoakam, you sort of learn to (happily) drop your expectations in the face of some erratic career moves. But I never expected this: a full-on schooling of his (supposed) contemporaries, a sly, sarcastic take on his own older sound, like Dwight + 8" Lift Kit, crushing everything in its path, all the faux-hawked tweeting country-poser crowd running in horror. I'm loving the fact that his album will never even be on the cheese-country radar: good for them. They don't deserve this stuff.
Example: "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke" just refuses to let up, and extends itself past a few false-endings to a place we were always hoping he'd go: an atom-bomb bar-band smack upside the head. "A Heart Like Mine" is Bakersfield on Caffeine, a shut-up-and-hold-on anthem of modern confidence with a vocal performance that should silence all doubters as to whether or not he's "got it". Then there's "Rock It All Away", a collision of Son Volt's grain-elevator chordage and gorgeous melody from the deepest Dwight classic reverie. I'm also a fan of "Missing Heart", one of the very few songs in 3/4 time I can stand lately, placed squarely there by a silent, forlorn dual-slide-guitar attack that would make the perfect soundtrack music. The entire album is full of pet moments and gripping excitement.
Fans of Dwight will dig this a lot, and celebrate its swift kick in the pants. Fans of what country music has become in the post-Idol era will not even know it's out there. Tragic, perhaps, but we're fine to let it go. Dwight was never about the interstate, he's much happier taking us down the back roads. At top speed, of course.
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Initial post: Oct 9, 2012 1:33:38 AM PDT
Larry Davis says:
Exactly...this is one amazing record.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2012 6:40:39 AM PDT
Pamela A. Poddany says:
Excellent review! I especially love the wording in your last paragraph!
Posted on Nov 21, 2012 5:43:00 PM PST
""Dim Lights, Thick Smoke" just refuses to let up, and extends itself past a few false-endings to a place we were always hoping he'd go: an atom-bomb bar-band smack upside the head."
Great description. This is why I listened to it three times in a row today. Can't remember the last time I did that with ANY song, let alone a cover.
Posted on Dec 6, 2012 2:46:12 PM PST
Gary J. Murray says:
Congrats, Garbageman.....yours is perhaps the BEST concise CD review I have ever read on Amazon. You should be working for Rolling Stone!
Posted on Jun 15, 2013 12:06:25 PM PDT
Right on! "A Heart Line Mine" is raw, hammer-and-nail country rock. This stuff is way too cool for mainstream country radio.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2013 9:21:45 AM PDT
"Dim lights" was originally done by a bakersfield singer named Joe Maphis in the 50s.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 9:05:03 AM PST
sometimes I put Dim Lights on "repeat" in my car CD player...great driving music especially on open highway!
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