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With legendary producer Lloyd Maines once again at the board, and with songs written on the road, Robert Earl Keen has come up with one of his best albums to date. The re-recording of “Paint the Town Beige,” a song that originally appeared on his 1993 breakthrough release, Bigger Piece of Sky, is purebred country, where it once sounded closer to folk. Todd Snider’s humorous and touching “Play a Train Song” is done so well it becomes one of Keen’s own. William M. Golden’s “Soul of Man” (a traditional performed by Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Ricky Scaggs, among the many) is properly forlorn. For the rest, it’s all Keen, including “Lay Down My Brother,” a track that sounds like its own modern traditional. The title track throws together a feel-good groove that’s halfway to Jimmy Buffett. “I Gotta Go” is a breezy country tune with a twisted tale. There’s real venom riding atop the easeful country flow of “The Road Goes On and On.” “Who Do Man” kicks up a more playful kind of trouble.

Customer Reviews

Keen on Keen

Plain and simple, "Ready For Confetti" is a good album. Texas singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen is proof Texas music is alive and well! There are some good foot tappin' songs such as "Ready for Confetti" and "I Gotta Go." If you like Texas music and/or you have an appreciation for singer/songwriters, then this definitely is the album for you! If you like Doug Sahm, Townes Van Zandt, and/or Blaze Foley, you may just like Robert Earl Keen. Buy this album!

REK Reminds Us Thoughtful Lyrics *Can* Be Set to Fun Arrangements

It seems that if you want intelligent lyrics, you have to listen to if you want fun, uptempo arrangements, you must resort to mainstream country. I'm quite thrilled that Ready for Confetti reminds us we don't always have to choose. The title track, "Ready for Confetti," "I Gotta Go" and "Who Do Man" are all just fun to crank up, and after just one play through the album I already was learning some of the lyrics and can easily see this being a sing-along album.

My personal favorite cut is "The Road Goes On and On," in which REK just completely tears into the kind of "countrier-than-thou-art" mainstream artist we've all come to resent. The lyrics are scathing, but the arrangement is sheer fun. Even if you don't have a vendetta against anyone in particular for whom this song would apply, I suspect many will adopt it as a vicarious sort of lashing out.

This is an album meant as much for a party with your friends as for the drive home from work. Those red lights and traffic jams will be a little more tolerable with Ready for Confetti.

It's okay, but...

I've been a fan of REK for years, but there comes a point where a songwriter is either saying something or just trying to sell CD's. This album has about as much "depth" as a wading pool. Robert, take aa lesson from your peers...Willie, Guy or Townes and write something with some real substance...something that will stand the test of time. Fun is fun, but deep lasts forever.


Born: January 11, 1956 in Houston, TX

Genre: Country

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

Among the large contingent of talented songwriters who emerged in Texas in the 1980s and '90s, Robert Earl Keen struck an unusual balance between sensitive story-portraits ("Corpus Christi Bay") and raucous barroom fun ("That Buckin' Song"). These two song types in Keen's output were unified by a mordant sense of humor that strongly influenced the early practitioners of what would become known as alternative country music. Keen, the son of an oil executive father and an attorney mother, was a native...
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