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Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
There's a peculiar sort of alchemy at work behind Fred Eaglesmith's brand of roots rock. His musical influences are certainly eclectic--a bit of voodoo blues here, some T Bone Burnett there, not to mention traces of rockab... more »
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There's a peculiar sort of alchemy at work behind Fred Eaglesmith's brand of roots rock. His musical influences are certainly eclectic--a bit of voodoo blues here, some T Bone Burnett there, not to mention traces of rockabilly, bluegrass, and even the odd nod to Tom Waits. But Eaglesmith effortlessly blends them into a seamless, powerful whole that sounds exactly like the sort of music you dream of hearing in some crowded, hot, beery bar near closing time. And that's really the point. For all his influences, Eaglesmith conjures up a truly timeless brand of primitive rock & roll. "Gettin' to Me" manages the amazing feat of fusing Del Shannon and Link Wray without sounding dated (think of "Runaway" propelled by reverb-drenched guitar lines), while "Crazier" is the kind of unadorned tearjerker that Nashville hasn't produced since the '60s. And once you hear "Blue Tick Hound," a swampy exercise in Zeppelin-esque dissonance, you'd never guess Eaglesmith is considered something of a folksinger. --Percy Keegan
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Country music for the 21st century
Filip Nordenskjold | Stockholm Sweden | 09/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fred Eaglesmith have really managed to take country music to a new level. He builds up a musical and lyrical landscape whith strong ties to old heroes like Hank Williams, Bill Monroe and Elvis Presley. But even though he never strays from the tradition he has taken the old ways and adapted them to the 21st century. "50 odd dollars" starts where his last record "Lipstick lies and gasoline" left off. This time the songs have a somewhat rawer edge to them, but the lyrics deal with the same kind of issues as his last record: loneliness, desperation, cadillacs and guns. This record is a must buy for every country and rock'n roll fan out there who believes in the future of a musical tradition that is allmost dead in comercial radio and television."
Surf Alterna-tonk? It works!
Filip Nordenskjold | 06/15/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's interesting to see the change and development of this great band over the last three albums. There's still some classic broken-beer-bottles-and-chickenwire Eaglsmith on this album, but more impressive is to hear the new things that are going on. Definately worth the purchase."
Foot-tapping, belly-laughing good time (especially live!)
Filip Nordenskjold | 08/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fred Eaglesmith has become a fixture here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada...and he has never failed to disappoint! Be it live outdoors (Folkfest '99) or a smokey beer joint (Sidetrack), Fred, Willy P., Washboard Hank, and the other guy put on a show that you do not want to miss.Just do not book him behind a celtic band!!!"