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Justin Townes Earle’s got the blues. A serious undercurrent of unhappy thoughts courses through Nothing’s Gonna Change, the fourth full-length from the talented Nashville musician. In the place of gospel or rockabilly seasoning, Earle goes to the sound of Memphis soul, with horns, unhurried arrangements, and a voice that often sounds like he’s just taken a gut hit. There are signs that perhaps his struggle to stay outside the hard-partying life has taken a backseat. Lyrics like “I tell her I’ve been getting sick again/we both pretend we don’t know why” suggest he’s not too happy with his current state. On the chillingly beautiful “Unfortunately, Anna,” his frustration and despair is palpable: “I’m feeling low and downright mean,” he breathlessly snarls as a steel guitar exhales in the background. The music ranges from the kind of quiet introspection fans of Nick Lowe will appreciate (“Am I That Lonely Tonight?,” “Won’t Be the Last Time”) to a pop-country blend that recalls Lyle Lovett (“Maria,” “Memphis in the Rain”) and a scattering of horn-inflected barroom shuffles (“Baby’s Got a Bad Idea,” “Look the Other Way”).

Customer Reviews

Oh, no no no no..

Wow. Disappointing to say the least. I've been a fan since he was virtually unknown .. And this is the worst to date. The horns are misplaced and he's taking his music in a different direction. I appreciate growth and change as an artist, but really.. who let him put this out??

JTE continues to make great music

Sonically this is a little bit different angle for Justin Townes Earle. On this album he draws on a much more memphis soul sound. The songwriting and sound is very similar to "Slippin' and Sliddin'" off of Harlem river blues. Most of the songs are very personal on this album, you can tell that Earle gets very introspective. The meloncholy runs deep and the horns and organs really add to it. It is great to see JTE really stretch musically, this just shows how great of a muscian he is. "Baby's Got a Bad Idea", really moves and the vocals almost sound like they are being torn out of his throat. JTE is one of the most expressive vocalists in the singer songwriter scene, as well as one of the most talented guitarists. If I had one complaint about this album, it is that it does not showcase his guitar playing, because of the all the other instrumentation. Overall, this is another great JTE album, and it justs confirms why JTE is emerging as one of the greatest songwriters around these days.


Too bad...I was really looking forward to this album and knew going in that it was going to be different than his previous albums. I've seen this guy live several times and he never disappoints, wish I could say the same about this album. I couldn't bring myself to buy one track off of this album. I understand wanting to broaden your horizons as a musician, but I'm not even sure what to make of this. This is like a cross between bad country pop and big band music. Sorry Justin, I'll keep supporting you and will come see your shows, but move back towards your blues, classic country and gospel roots. Scrap the horns and bring back the thumping baselines, unique guitar picking and tight vocal harmonies.


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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