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Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Considering the fractured history behind this record, it is somewhat remarkable that Chip Robinson held it all together. When sessions for this album began, guitarist Steve Howell was still the little-bit-country counterpo... more »
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Considering the fractured history behind this record, it is somewhat remarkable that Chip Robinson held it all together. When sessions for this album began, guitarist Steve Howell was still the little-bit-country counterpoint to Robinson's little-bit-rock & roll. But, in what seems to be typical alt-country fashion, Howell left to follow his country muse with the Two Dollar Pistols. When guitarist Brad Rice and bassist Danny Kurtz joined Whiskeytown for a tour, Robinson was left with no band, half an album, and even further emotional desolation. Thankfully, Robinson persevered, getting significant help from producer Eric Ambel and guest artists like Tom Brumley (pedal steel man from Buck Owens's Buckaroos) and Hammond player Joe Terry. The result is another compelling blend of edgy trailer-park clatter, pop hooks, and country purity. Rather than eliminate Howell's contributions out of spite, Robinson kept Howell's deft songwriting and supple guitar work over much of the record. While Southern Lines doesn't quite build on the promise of 1997's eye-opening Throwin' Rocks at the Moon, it's not a step back either. In many spots--the stark "Two Candles," the wrenching "Cross Your Heart," the honky-tonk shuffle "The Lonely One"--Robinson's aching vocals and bleak songwriting actually carry the Backsliders to new heights. --Marc Greilsamer
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Alternative Country comes of age
babeal | Chicago, IL, United States | 01/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bruce Springsteen meets Willie Nelson, and learns how to sing. Heartland lyrics that are rockin', folksie, sad, and funny; this is regular guy music for the new century. Too bad Amazon doesn't have an alternative country category - would have made them easier to find."
Southern Lines is the real deal
Teaism | 07/19/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For my money, this could be this year's "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road." I only wish I'd seen their live show in Houston... While this record deserves to be considered on its own terms, it is getting lumped into the alt-coutry basket. That's ok, but a lot of the so-called alt-country I've heard could use a good shot of stratocaster and inner-fire to pick up the hazy, lethargic pace. Luckily, the Backsliders are here to administer the prescription. This sounds like the real deal, not self-conscious or mannered... The best thing I can say about it is it's too good to get a second's worth of airplay out of Country Music Radio's mediocrity machine."
A GOOD ADDITION TO ANY ALT-COUNTRY FANS COLLECTION.
Teaism | 04/29/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The new Backsliders album is a good one. Despite all the trouble Chip ran into while making this album, it a surprisingly complete album, without a bad song on it.
This deserves a spot in your CD collection among the Uncle Tupelo, Bottle Rockets, Waco Brothers and other great alt-country albums of the years.
I didn't think it would be possible to like a Backsliders album more than I like 'Throwing Rocks...', but this one manages to top it.
Do yourself a favor, see these guys live when they make their way through your town."