Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Another Best Record of 2013
I've been known to gush when something hits me the right way. It's also fair to say that when something hits me the wrong way, I pour it on just as heavily.
Stuck between my Bowie exhilaration and my Rundgren distress is my absolute joy over Steve Earle's new record "The Low Highway." I will say, without hesitation, this is Earle's best record. It really is as perfect and as solid as a record gets.
I posted the powerful first single and video a few weeks back. Since then, when I was able to peel the new Bowie off the turntable, "The Low Highway" has been spinning incessantly. Steve Earle can do a lot. He can rock like the Stones, jangle like The Beatles and The Byrds, break your heart like Hank Williams, and spin a yarn like Bobby D. This new record covers all those bases and never loses its cohesion.
I can't find one song on this record that isn't brilliant. The two songs posted here just happen to be two songs that debuted on the HBO series "Treme." The gorgeous "After Mardi Gras" up top, is currently my favorite song of the last 19 months. The groove in "Pocket Full Of Rain" below, kills me as well.
I urge all of you to dig deeper into "The Low Highway,"