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Justin Townes Earle follows up his critically praised Single Mothers with Absent Fathers with a collection of wry-to-heartbreaking alt-country tunes drawn from the same sessions as the earlier album. This time out, the songs reflect on the male side of romantic dysfunction, veering from bruised fatalism (“Why,” “Least I Got the Blues”) to simmering anger (“Call Ya Momma”) and sly sarcasm (“Someone Will Pay”). “Looking for a Place to Land” closes the album with bittersweet grace. Earle’s ache-inflected vocals benefit from lean, evocative arrangements that bring out the tears and grit in each tune.

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You've got to live and listen to know this kind of solemn

It takes a lot of time to live a life that shares this much honesty. This guy shares it all with an honest and artful craft that honors his name sake while standing apart from the shadows of a past memory. I could easily call this artist a friend, brother and a troubadour of life's travel.

Helen Kellers favorite album

This album is as ugly as the woman on the cover of the album. It's practically identical to Single Mothers. Steel guitar to the point of nausea. Lyrics that are mumbled. Cramming too many words into a phrase and making a mess of the songs.

I'm hoping JTE takes my $9.99 and either gets writing lessons or invests in a new needle and spoon. At least when he was juicing the music was better.

End it

After listening to side one I decided not to kill myself. But this is a major downer. 5 stars giving to the version of the release with out the heavy syrup pedal steel. The instrument that killed country music dead in its tracks kills again.

Biography

Born: January 4, 1982 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

In some respects, Justin Townes Earle seemed destined from birth to be a musician -- his father, Steve Earle, is one of America's most acclaimed singer/songwriters, and he was named in part for Townes Van Zandt, a close friend to Earle and an equally legendary tunesmith. But Justin also grew up learning the downside of the musician's life, and came up against some of the same demons that haunted his father. Born in 1982, Justin Townes Earle didn't see much of his dad through most of his childhood;...
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