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Produced by Earle alongside longtime collaborator Skylar Wilson, the 10-track album was recorded completely live with no overdubs over a 4-day period at an old converted church recording studio in Asheville, NC. Of the new record, Earle comments, I think that it s the job of the artist to be in transition and constantly learn more. The new record is completely different than my last one, Harlem River Blues. This time I've gone in a Memphis-soul direction.
And that's true enough. While Harlem River was a love letter to his new hometown of NYC, this new album is a gorgeous, sometimes lush sometimes sparse, paeaon to a city that's given so much to the world musically. The sweat, the horns, the soul.....
2012 was a fine year for brass sections, which helped bolster excellent new albums by the Mountain Goats and David Byrne & St. Vincent, among others, but some of the loveliest, most understated rock n roll horn-playing came on this quiet gem, Justin Townes Earle s fifth record in six years and his finest yet. The album s mouthful of a title can t quite decide whether it wants to be cocky or resigned and fatalistic, but these songs definitely tend toward the latter. Indeed, he could ve just stuck with the title s first three words, which become something of an implicit mantra it s in the rueful refrain of Won t Be The Last Time ; it s the counsel he gives to a hard-up friend, vainly hoping for her life to improve, on Unfortunately, Anna ; it s the subtext to Earle s repeatedly declared intentions to be a better man. Nothing s gonna change except love, of course, which can and probably will go sour. The horns, however, help keep things from getting all too forlorn softening the hard edges of his broken-hearted blues, cushioning the blows and lending a warmth and looseness to the occasional up-tempo diversions: reckless rave-up Baby s Got A Bad Idea and the sprightly, soul-soaked Memphis In The Rain as much as the bleary-eyed ballads that make up the bulk of the album. #13 Best Album of 2012. --Magnet
Justin Townes Earle may have been born in Nashville and spent some years wandering around New York City, but Nothing s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now draws greatly from another southern city: Memphis. Soul, blues and du-wop horns replace a lot of the old time instrumentation of his earlier records, without ever losing the raw, lonely lyricism Earle has become known for. The best songs blend all sides: Won t Be the Last Time, is a spare, aching slow burner driven by steel guitar and Earle s quintessential hard-nailed guitar plucks, and the title track has brass soft enough to carry the solemn weight of lines like when you wake up alone and you still smell my smoke. Nothing s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now shows an evolving Earle, but one thing is certain: even when he swaps old-timey bass lines for horn sections, his skilful songwriting keeps it s focus, melancholy as that focus may be. #28 Best Album of 2012. --American Songwriter
His voice remains packed with emotion and personality, but it has more range and takes more risks, as he whispers, slurs and moans like a midnight caller…His self-written songs, each as strong as the next, deal with family history, with the way loved ones shade the truth to each other, and with the downhill side of love and friendship. Somehow, through the confessionals and dark stories, a powerful light shines through. --Associated Press
The most effective singer/songwriters strip themselves naked, confess flaws and desires, perhaps ask for forgiveness or remain stubborn. Justin Townes Earle unflinchingly displays all of these behaviors on his superb fourth album...With just 10 tracks, the album yields only a brief glimpse of the singer's troubled soul, yet leaves you wanting more. --USA Today
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The oldest son of the revered "Hardcore Troubadour" seems like the kind of guy who is just as likely to be spotted in the pages of GQ as he is to be walking down your local railroad tracks with a bindle over his shoulder. Wearer of hats and scarves and bowties and vests, Justin Townes Earle is a snappy-dressing free spirit with a history of drugging and drinking who writes and sings Americana style songs infused with country, folk, and blues elements that will put a tear in your beer and a swing in your step. This is Earle's fifth studio album (four LPs and one EP) which may just qualify him for a bit of a Ryan Adams comparison...young, prolific, singer/songwriter with a history of substance abuse and a Bloodshot Records connection derails a string of easy-to-love albums with a darkly confessional down-in-the-dumps record that challenges fans and turns critical expectation on its ear - Ryan Adams put out a record like that called 29. But where Adams' record (his third release of 2005) may have been too much of a long and winding road, Earle's effort clocks in at a respectful 30:23 and contains just enough up-tempo horn and organ soaked Memphis soul moments and old fashioned storytelling sense to keep the whole affair interesting. "Baby's Got A Bad Idea" features a growly rock vocal, punchy horn chart, and rollicking piano, while "Memphis In The Rain" swaggers through the titular city and its "whitewashed buildings and overgrown yards" in search of a "girl without a name." "Down on the Lower Eastside" contains the most artfully understated vocals of the album woven up with jazzy, muted trumpet and soulful organ flourishes.Read more ›
The sound of this album is different from his previous albums and EP, but not so much as to see no connections at all. The country influence of his previous work is still there, his hard-hitting and emotional lyrics are as present as ever ("Won't Be the Last Time" ranks up in his finest ever), and his distinctive voice and ragged delivery is still here. I will say this album is predominantly slower than Harlem, but this is not a bad thing (the emotion of the slow songs makes up for it) and there are upbeat songs ("Baby's Got a Bad Idea," "Movin' On," "Memphis in the Rain") scattered throughout.
I encourage anyone to pick up the record, but please do not simply compare it to Harlem River Blues, let it stand on its own as a new and great direction that Earle has gone in.
Key songs: "Am I That Lonely Tonight?," "Baby's Got A Bad Idea," "Won't Be The Last Time," "Movin' On"
The first time I listened to it, I rushed through it and didn't give a true listen. Much like Harlem River Blues, I gravitated to just the title track and didn't realize what pure gold was in the rest of the album. I kept playing it and really took the time to listen to each song. This album is fantastic on so many levels. If you're looking for one single standout track to match "Harlem River Blues," you won't really find it, but what you will find is a truly fantastic album.
As opposed to Harlem River Blues, JTE decides to start off a little slow with "Am I That Lonely Tonight," and this is one that may not impress the hell out of you at first, but you'll remember it and keep coming back to it over and over. I love starting the album over just to hear this song. "Look the Other Way" is hands-down one of the best tracks on the album. It's upbeat and will remind you the most of the title track from "Harlem River Blues." It's a true showcase for JTE's outstanding voice.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mope rock. Close-mik'ed, croaking vocals, as if the singer has seen it all, done it all. With an anemic effort by the band backing him. Borderline excuciating for this listener.Published 19 months ago by Roger Yepsen
I love JTE, but I found this album too traditional country for my taste. More Harlem River Blues, pls.Published 21 months ago by Martha Cousins
Really interesting sound, lyrics, phrasing - I didn't get him the first few times I listened, but it grew on me.Published 22 months ago by dalupster
Seems like I didn't listen to the same CD as some of the other reviewers. I have some of his other work and enjoy it very much. This one was a big disappointment.Published 24 months ago by Kenneth G. Cole
I liked Justin's earlier music especially when you yelled for him to play another @$%^*(@ train song. He has come a long way and hopefully he can stay soberPublished on July 1, 2014 by pj thompson
One of my favorite cds. Beautiful music and gorgeous songs. I play it over and over again. Wonderful. Affordable and fast delivery. I highly recommend.Published on April 2, 2014 by lv2read
Hands down my favorite album from Justin Townes Earle. This album shipped super quick and arrived in perfect condition. The sound is Perfect!Published on March 18, 2014 by Douglas Lopretto
HE WRITES AND SING AND PLAYS HIS OWN LYRIC AND MUSIC ALONG SIDE THE HISTORIC AND TRADITIONAL BLUESMEN... HE HAS ESTABLISHED A REPERTOIRE OF HISTORIC STATURE...Published on February 5, 2014 by stephen proper gredler