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Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
Special low price import edition of his 1990 album released through MCA. 'I defend The Hard Way to the death, because I almost died in the process of making it', Steve Earle told a reporter in 2000 & he wasn't just being ... more »
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Special low price import edition of his 1990 album released through MCA. 'I defend The Hard Way to the death, because I almost died in the process of making it', Steve Earle told a reporter in 2000 & he wasn't just being melodramatic. Earle's well-documented addiction to heroin & cocaine was spiraling out of control in 1990 while he was holed up in Memphis recording The Hard Way. 13 tracks in all.
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Bleak and beautiful
R. Kyle | USA | 07/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Most people don't write or play so well without any impediments. "Hard Way" came to be during the worst of Earle's drug addiction and it's clearly a crucible time for him. Writing's amazing as always--singing and orchestration are also good. Of course, as many folks way, Steve can't make a bad CD.
"Billy Austin" is one of the hardest songs I've ever heard. Earle can write and sing from the point of view of an outlaw better than almost anyone I've heard. "Justice in Ontario" continues that theme. Ironic Earle himself followed this CD with time in prison.
This CD's labeled country, but I'm seeing too many rock elements to leave it strictly at that.