9 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Simpson’s searching, psychedelic Metamodern Sounds in Country Music put so much "alt" into its alt-country that it occasionally left the genre’s orbit completely. His third album—a welcome letter to his infant son—is even more kaleidoscopic, sliding between passionate Southern rock, hazy AM radio ballads, and Stax-style soul workouts with the ease of colored wax blobs floating around a lava lamp. And if “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)” or the starry-eyed “Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)” don’t convince you of the breadth of Simpson’s vision, listen to him turn Nirvana’s “In Bloom” into something beautiful enough to lull his baby to sleep.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Simpson’s searching, psychedelic Metamodern Sounds in Country Music put so much "alt" into its alt-country that it occasionally left the genre’s orbit completely. His third album—a welcome letter to his infant son—is even more kaleidoscopic, sliding between passionate Southern rock, hazy AM radio ballads, and Stax-style soul workouts with the ease of colored wax blobs floating around a lava lamp. And if “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)” or the starry-eyed “Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)” don’t convince you of the breadth of Simpson’s vision, listen to him turn Nirvana’s “In Bloom” into something beautiful enough to lull his baby to sleep.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
651 Ratings
651 Ratings
Canpeyoke ,

To the "disappointed"

If you want what everyone calls "outlaw country" then crank up those old records from that era! I love waylon willie and Merle more than anybody I know. but the truth y'all need to swallow is that those legends and their sounds are what they are because they made pure music with real substance that came from their personal influences. It's been 41 years since Red Headed Stranger. If a new artist try's to copy what they did its just a copy, not a creation! Sturgill is an original for our time. With his golden country voice, his unique lyrical style and his dam talented band, he's capable of and has the right to go where he wants with his creations. This album isn't all that "country" in my opinion but I'd give it ten stars if I could for its substance alone! So if you can sing better than sturgill and know a better steel guitar player than make a dam album for yourself, and listen to it! Otherwise keep your middle school criticism to yourself!!!! As the Hag would say, when your running down our sturgill haus your walking on the fighting side of me.

Bad Violist ,

The long lost George Jones Nirvana cover

After reading the other reviews of Sturgill Simpson's cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom", I had to listen for myself and find out if it truly merited all the negativity. In a word: no. If the only reason you liked Nirvana was distorted guitar and screaming vocals, then you would be justified in disliking the Sturgill Simpson version. However, if you were amongst those who appreciated the more lyrical side of Cobain et al, you will find that Sturgill Simpson does it justice. His outlaw-country, genre-busting sensibilities are more than a match for the lyrical angst of In Bloom, and bring out more subtle aspects and potentialities of the song that you may not have noticed on Nevermind.

driskell1 ,

AMAZING.

Sturgill Simpson has completely changed my life. I have been a musician since I was four years old and I have never heard anything that moves me more than his music and his presence through his music! I am also a recording engineer and there is No one I have ever heard actually pull off such a brave task. The Task of going out and shaking the entire world with their joy and pain through sound waves!!!
GO STURGILL GO!! There are turtles all the way down brother!!!

About Sturgill Simpson

Formerly the leader of Sunday Valley, an energetic roots outfit that made some waves in the early years of the new millennium, Sturgill Simpson gained greater renown as a solo artist, initially thanks to his muscular 2013 solo debut High Top Mountain. An outlaw country record in form and feel -- its debt to Waylon Jennings clear and unashamed -- High Top Mountain became a word-of-mouth hit in 2013, thereby establishing Simpson's country credentials and opening the door to a wider future.

A native of Jackson, Kentucky raised near Lexington, Simpson has deep southern roots, but he moved out west once he reached his late teens. In 2004, he formed Sunday Valley, receiving a big break when they played Portland, Oregon's Pickathon Festival in 2011. Sturgill went solo in 2012, beginning work on the album that became High Top Mountain, which appeared the following year. After extensive touring, Simpson settled down in studio to concentrate on his next recording. He experimented with stretching the boundaries of his chosen genre, digging deep into topics like physics and evolution, as evidenced by his pre-release single "Turtles (All the Way Down)." The Dave Cobb-produced album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, appeared in May of 2014 and peaked in the Top Ten on all of the country charts. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for best country album. Simpson won Best Emerging Artist at that year's Americana Music Awards, and in 2015 was named Artist of the Year by the same foundation.

In March of 2016, he released "Brace for Impact (Live a Little)," as the first single from the full-length A Sailor's Guide to Earth. The self-produced album was released in April and featured a guest appearance from the Dap-Kings. It earned rave reviews plus a surprise nomination for Grammy's Album of the Year. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

HOMETOWN
Jackson, KY
GENRE
Country
BORN
June 8, 1978

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