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I Feel Alright

Steve Earle

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Album Review

Steve Earle quietly announced he was back in action and capable of making substantial, heartfelt music again with his 1994 acoustic album Train a Comin', but on 1995's I Feel Alright Earle showed he was truly back in fighting shape, and from the album's first moments he sounds ready to roar and holds nothing back. While Earle's battle with drug abuse and his brief stay in prison aren't explicitly addressed on this album (except on the harrowing "CCKMP," in which Earle confesses "cocaine cannot kill my pain" and "heroin is the only thing/the only gift the darkness brings"), the hurt brought to himself and others by his betrayals runs through many of these songs, sometimes with humor ("Hard Core Troubadour"), sometimes with regret ("Valentine's Day"), and sometimes with a painful self-awareness ("Hurtin' Me, Hurtin' You" and "The Unrepentant"). But I Feel Alright isn't about addiction and loss so much as recovery and starting over again, and if the songs often concern Earle's misdeeds, the strength of the music finds him confronting his demons without flinching and conjuring up some of the powerfully muscular rock and affecting country of his life. And like Train a Comin', I Feel Alright shows Earle finding the courage and confidence to make a record just the way he wants, and this may be Earle's finest hour in the studio — the production is tough, resonant, and a perfect match for the material, the players bring their A game without showboating, and Earle's rough but passionate vocals are pure, honest, and direct on every cut. I Feel Alright affirmed that Steve Earle's brush with oblivion had not only failed to silence him, but he was a more courageous artist when he came out the other side, and no one who has heard this record is likely to argue that point.

Customer Reviews

Timeless

One of the finest albums recorded/written by an american writer in the 20th Century. Steve Earle's epic I Feel Alright came straight from the heart of the critically acclaimed song writer only to cement his title as one of the finest song writers alive anywhere. I Feel Alright, The Unrepentant, CCKMP, Billy and Bonnie, Hard Core Troubadour, You're Still Standin' There and South Nashville Blues are some of his finest songs to date. We are only so fortunate to have such artistic material every once in a while. Nashville will never be the same without him.

Powerful country rock

I was introduced to steve Earle through the TV series The Wire. "I feel alright was used during the closing scene of season 2 and I really like the song. I believe that this album is much stronger than Copperhead road. Earle has some great material on this album from the positive and rousing title track to the Hank williamsesque "South Nashville Blues" This album has it all with some deeply personal and reflective lyrics that are somtimes heartbreaking this is a great album.

Biography

Born: January 17, 1955 in Fort Monroe, VA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the strictest sense, Steve Earle isn't a country artist; he's a roots rocker. Earle emerged in the mid-'80s, after Bruce Springsteen had popularized populist rock & roll and Dwight Yoakam had kick-started the neo-traditionalist movement in country music. At first, Earle appeared to be more indebted to the rock side than country, as he played a stripped-down, neo-rockabilly style that occasionally verged on outlaw country. However, his unwillingness to conform to the rules of Nashville or rock...
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