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Popular Demons

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Trooper's fourth release rings like a breakthrough. If producer Buddy Miller's rolling Americana settings--a muscular approach to acoustic ensembles of mandolin, accordion, guitars, fiddle, and organ--provide a key, Trooper's songwriting, weathered to lean insights of human struggle, provides another. His melodic style is anthemic--simple three-chord grooves that afford space for the imaginative chops of Tammy Rogers, Duane Jarvis, and Miller, who throws down warm, swampy electric guitar. Trooper sounds hungry, his voice full of dark-eyed soul--reminiscent perhaps of Marc Cohn or a less cutting Steve Earle (who duets on a fantastic, bluesy reading of Dylan's "I'll Keep It with Mine," possibly the album's strongest moment). Popular Demons stands beside this year's most tasteful and catchy alternative country. --Roy Francis Kasten

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On Popular Demons ... Trooper serves notice that he's a full-fledged member of the left-of-center music community in Nashville, twangin' harder than ever before and loading up the guest list for third disc with names such as Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle. -- No Depression

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Halfway
  2. 22 Miles To Bristol
  3. Bluebell
  4. Two Drops Of Rain
  5. Long Gone Dream
  6. Paradise
  7. Every Heart Won't Let You Down
  8. These Sunday Nights
  9. 21st Century Boy
  10. Lightning Bug
  11. Rusty Train
  12. Cumberland Square
  13. When I Close My Eyes
  14. I'll Keep It With Mine


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 15, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B00000AFQ7
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I bought "Popular Demons" because of Buddy Miller's involvement, but found that the singing, performances, and songwriting were all top-notch. This is a CD I listen to frequently.
The performances match the songwriting. Mr. Trooper does not overreach. His singing is understated and he lets the song melodies tell the stories as much as the lyrics do. Frequently reminds me of Slaid Cleaves.
"Bluebell", "22 Miles to Bristol" and "Paradise" work especially well for me. I purchase his most recent--"Straight Down Rain"--and to me the songwriting, singing and overall performances are not as strong. Makes me treasure "Popular Demons" all the more.
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I picked up this album on a lark in a used cd bin in a local music store. It is the album that I play the most currently. I consider myself to be far more alternative than country, but I have carted this cd around so much that track 7 is scratched and won't play right any more. This album is so much more rich and interesting than most contemporary country-definitely not your run-of-the_mill country. These songs, especially tracks 1,3-5, and 12 move me greatly and make me want to dance. Buy this album.
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Greg is a one of a kind singer/songwriter. From the simple "Blue Bell" to the interesting perspective given in "21st Century Boy" these songs are spoken from the heart and mind.
A consumate artist. Greg can put out an interesting and thought provoking album. His live shows are amazing. Few artists these days put in as much effort an energy as Greg does in a live performance. He is a must buy and a must see.
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WHY does this artist remain relatively "unknown" (?) except by old friends and followers who have to scavenge on line in the hope that there is something new from this wonderful voice and song-writing talent. Guess it's like truffles--you have to dig for the true delicacies.
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This is by far my favorite cd of 1998 the writing and vocals are absolutely great. I have been a GREG Trooper fan and personal friend for quite a while now. I have all his cd's and a cassette of the 1986 album WE WONT DANCE this is by far the best yet. This is a must for any true music lover. I also recomend if you like this. GET THE OTHER THREE ALBUMS NOISES IN THE HALLWAY 1996 EVERYWHERE 1994 WE WONT DANCE 1986
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