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Don't let the cover art throw you — Sex & Gasoline is hardly midlife crises themed, though Rodney Crowell's lyrics do often touch on how aging makes it increasingly harder to keep up with the ongoing roles that men and women play. His 14th album stands strong with a backbone of seasoned musicians supporting a wise and weathered bard who muses with unapologetic candor. Joe Henry's production balances classic tones with a contemporary clarity that mirrors Crowell's songs by equalizing rootsy with relevant. "Moving Work Of Art" is a poignant piece founded on acoustic arpeggios and a pedal steel over which Crowell croons about everyday gender roles and how men put women on dangerous pedestals (and how women often step up to them despite knowing better). He further ponders sexual identities on "The Rise And Fall Of Intelligent Design" where he hypothetically wonders if becoming a female would make him a better man. Henry steps out of the mixing booth and up to the mic to duet with Crowell on the exceptional "I've Done Everything I Can." It invites the listener to eavesdrop on two old friends talking about the difficulty of starting over following a great loss. Sex & Gasoline is as honest as music gets.

Customer Reviews


With well over 10,000 songs in my library, this is the first CD that has wowed me enough to write a review. From beginning to end, Crowell sees into the heart of a woman - from the cynicism to the hope - and put pefect words to perfect music. He has left me speechless...but singing the praises of this piece of work loud and far. I cannot recommend it enough


I've been a huge fan of Rodney Crowell's since the early 80s. And being a huge fan means not always loving everything. Yes, an extraordinary songwriter. Yes, puts on a great, rollicking show. Yes, he knows how to bite with a lyric. But, this CD left me cold and bored. I listened to to it three times and tried to enjoy it but it's just not gonna be of his CDs that sticks around long in my CD player. The last CD left me cold as well. And I'm not exactly sure why. "The Houston Kid " and "Fate's Right Hand" just both seemed to be warmer and with a little humor. While the last two CDs did not. It's an odd review for me - mostly because I am always at a loss for words when Crowell disappoints.


Wow. Rodney Crowell. Alright! Seriously, this one is worth a deeper look, because Rod's great with a pen. *ahem*


Born: August 7, 1950 in Houston, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

When Rodney Crowell first gained widespread recognition as a leader of the new traditionalist movement of the mid-'80s, he was, in fact, a singer, songwriter, and producer with roots and ambitions extending far beyond the movement's perimeter. Born to a musical family on August 7, 1950 in Houston, Texas, Crowell formed his first band, the Arbitrators, while in high school, and in 1972 moved to Nashville to become a professional musician. There, he struck up friendships with singer/songwriters Townes...
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