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Editors’ Notes

Like its predecessor, Jerusalem, The Revolution Starts Now is an assemblage of American musical forms: the crafted folk and country of Earle’s youth, the earnest rock ‘n’ roll embodied by Bruce Springsteen, the cacophonous fervor of modern-day garage rock and electronica. Arriving on the heels of September 11th, Jerusalem adopted a tone of dread and foreboding and contained some of the darkest material of Earle’s career. The Revolution Starts Now moves past that and embraces the optimism of early 2004, when the Bush administration’s days appeared to be numbered. Earle’s side ended up losing that particular battle, but rabble-rousing rock songs like “The Seeker” and “The Revolution Starts Now”— not to mention the blitzkrieg bop of “F the CC”— live on as impassioned, irreverent tokens of anti-government pro-populist sentiment in the mid-‘00s. But the tracks that give the album its heart and soul are “Comin’ Around” and “I Thought You Should Know,” two love songs that aren’t specifically political, but exude Earle’s renewed faith and optimism toward the world around him.

Customer Reviews

A frustrated left winger in a right wing world

Very much a thought-provoking artist. He has truly evolved from his earlier truer country flavor to full-fledged rock (with a splash of country feel). I love this album - he makes a LOT of good points. You gotta love Condi, Condi......

Only get if you have all his other work

I've been a big fan of Steve Earle since Guitar Town first came out but his past few albums have left me cold. I bought this when it first came out and was immediately dissapointed. Every once in awhile I give it another listen, desperately hoping to hear something I like, it never happens. While his earlier work reflected his liberal leanings too it wasn't overcome by them. This entire record is nothing but "I hate George Bush and the Republican party" and it gets old very quickly. Buy GUITAR TOWN, DIE LIKE AN AVIATOR, I FEEL ALRIGHT or ANY of his earlier work and skip this.

Excellent album, but it's not really country

Steve Earle recorded this album very quickly -- and in places, that shows. Some songs, such as the title track and "Home to Houston," really shone more on his tour than in the studio versions. Still, there's a lot to like here: from the "trucking in hell" stomp of "Home to Houston" to the mournful "Rich Man's War," the outright goofy reggae experiment "Condi, Condi" and the Ramones sendup "F the CC." Emmylou Harris graces the fast, fun love song "Comin' Around," and Steve tries out iambic pentameter on the haunting, Doors-esque "Warrior." It's a great album -- but only three songs sound like what you'd normally call country music ("Home to Houston," "I Thought You Should Know" and maybe "Comin' Around"). Oh, and chances are you'll hate this record if you're a diehard George W. Bush supporter.


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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