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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.

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Perfection. This is real music, mean’t to be heard front to back. Buy the album friends and neighbors.

Only Nirvana song tolerable!

Simpson is renewing my faith in musicianship in country music. The fact that he made a Nirvana song actually enjoyable to listen to is impressive. If Cobain did actually write it then this is a tribute to his contribution to music since up til now Curt's most meaningful contribution to music was two sounds, click...boom.


Another winner from Sturgill. Listen to it as an album not as individual songs and you can really appreciate it; not that anybody does that anymore. For all ya'll complaining that it isn't outlaw or country enough you need to pause and think about what is coming out of your mouth. You're literally complaining that it doesn't sound enough like Waylon or Hank; copying their sound isn't outlaw thats the safe bet. Waylon wouldn't be proud of people copying his sound. Waylon broke the norm that's what made him an outlaw just like Sturgill did with this outlaw. Also this friggin album has more steel guitar than anything I've listened to in ages. End Rant.


Born: June 8, 1978 in Jackson, KY

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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