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I've been a fan of Steve Earle since I was 10, so 9 years now. I've yet to be disappointed. Steve is without a doubt one of the best song writers of our time.
I also feel that while yes, there is a political bias on this album, it is strong, honest, and sincere.
One thing worth noticing, though, is that he once again tries to present both sides of the story. In Rich Man's War, probably my favorite track off the album, he presents the war from both sides - although only from the people who fight it - and not the ones instigating it. I personally find his storytelling skills to grow even further on this album, and while noone would doubt his political agenda, I still don't get the feeling that he is force feeding us his beliefs.
Now - on to the record itself. It's been playing in my car a couple of times, and while I like it, it is not a great Steve Earle album. Most of the songs are written based on the formula he seems to have employed on the last couple of album - most noteworthy are the simularities to Jerusalem as far as song structure goes - but it is all signature Steve Earle, and, to paraphrase another reviewer here, it beats most of the crap released these days, whether it is in the rock or country sections. There are a couple of exceptions - most notably Condi, Condi - which is his ode to Condoleezza Rice, a song that screams of lust and fun and joy of life.
All in all this is a solid album. It's not Steve Earle's best, but it might just be his most important.
The record begins and ends with Earle's statement of purpose, "The Revolution Starts Now". It's a fine, psychedelic double tracked vocal somewhat reminiscent in sound to "Everyone's In Love With You" from the "Transcendental Blues" record. It certainly sets the tone and I could see it getting some airplay on the radio, quite frankly. I wish it had been changed more for the repeat at the end (I understand an acoustic version exists and I imagine that could have been a fine closing track). "Home to Houston" follows up the opener with a typical Earle story song, reminiscent in sound to Buck Owens or early Dwight Yoakam. The story is about a trucker who finds himself driving in Iraq, over his head and hoping to return home alive. It's a solid track, but the record really takes off with "Rich Man's War". This song has some of Earle's best writing. It is basically a statement about the world that war is fought by the poor to benefit the rich. The inclusion of a verse from the perspective of a Palestinean suicide bomber really universalizes the point.
The record continues with "Warrior" a spoken word track that many will hate, but I find the groove infectious and the lyrics enthralling. "Gringo's Tale", which follows is another patented Earle story song.Read more ›
Has anyone noticed that the nation is mad!!! At the end of Farenheit 911 the credits read "Do Something"!!! In the liner notes for this album Earle talks about the immediacy of the recording. This is Steve Earle doing something. Whether I agree or diagree, whether this is the greatest work ever, I think Earle has used his surliness to his advantage and puts his money where his mouth is.
For me, this album is awesome. Yes, warrior takes a little getting used to, but this is a little less pointed than Jerusalem, which I thought was wonderful but a little heavy handed. At the forefront of the songs stand the people in the middle of their governments decision. the soldiers, the different cultures effected by war,people hurt and disatisfied. I love "coming around" which speaks of people "coming around" to speaking up. Usually the term "Coming around" speaks to a mellowing, here it is a different idea.
Probably the most controversial pieces are highly enjoyable, the love song to Condaleeza Rice "condi Condi" and the rabblerousing :F the CC.
I really take objection to people who talk about the downfall of Steve Earle as a songwriter. What about the upswing of Steve Earle as the voice of a disenfranchised nation. How about Steve Earle who sees a necessity for action above craftsmanship. This is an amazing, somewhat quick work by someone who when the smoke clears, and he does get up there with Townes Van Zandt, Johnny Cash and Warren Zevon will look on it all, and know he made a difference
and then he"ll probably say the f word to the angels.
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Not sure why so many people rip this album. It's rough and ready rock 'n roll to be sure -- no polish, no Autotune, and other than the title track, nothing intended for the Top... Read morePublished 5 days ago by The Oddball
another solid effort from steve earle about what i have come to expect from him.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought 3 Steve Earle CDs for my husband for his birthday - I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, Townes and Revolution Starts Now. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joan
Updated protest songs of the kind that were around in the 60's but fun to listen to.Published 11 months ago by Joe Brannin
I like when Steve is pissed off! You get a little bit of R&R out of him and the Dukes. Really enjoyed this political CD.Published 14 months ago by paul gabriel
This album rocks. The political statements were a little controversial when it first came out, but now it appears they were some of the first of numerous similar statements by... Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Richey Lee
Interesting to me that some Earle fans don't rate this album highly. It's my favorite Steve Earle album.
Rich Man's War and Gringo Tale are classic Earle songs. Read more