Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
Allen isn't as well known as his old pals from Lubbock, Texas--Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock--but he shares their slightly twisted, strangely inspired approach to country-folk-rock songwriting. On previou... more »
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Allen isn't as well known as his old pals from Lubbock, Texas--Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock--but he shares their slightly twisted, strangely inspired approach to country-folk-rock songwriting. On previous recordings, Allen's smart, sardonic lyrics have often been undermined by his dry, cramped voice and flat arrangements, but on this new album he gets help from such longtime friends and admirers as Ely, David Byrne, Lucinda Williams, Will Sexton, and Charlie Sexton. They put the musical flesh on Allen's verbal skeleton and make this idiosyncratic but gifted songwriter a lot more approachable. Allen serves up Jerry Jeff Walker-like barroom anthems about Texas, Talking Heads-like contemplations of modern society and Ely-like story songs about the border. --Geoffrey Himes
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Terry Allen Takes You To Texas In a Big Blue Car & Style
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I first heard Terry Allen (beyond a brief song featured in David Byrne's "True Stories"), I really didn't know what to think. It was in Omaha, Nebraska at an art opening, and here was this guy ... this middle-aged man in dark glasses playing a keyboard and singing country ... Yes, I did have a beer in my hand, and yes, there were a few yee-haw's, but, all in all, it seemed different. There's a smartness to his lyrics most "crying in the beer bottle" country artists can't match. He's been writing clever songs about Texas since the members of Sun Volt were still in grade school, and this album, which I shortly purchased after the show, is his crowning achievement. Featuring musicians like Joe Ely and Lucinda Williams (and yes, David Byrne), Allen manages to capture a flavor that is missing from most "radio-friendly" country artists these days ... artistry. He can turn a simple ballad into a haunting song, the first true test of any ! musician. And he has a wit that's been missing since early Randy Newman. His music is a wide palette, too ... everything from country ditties to rock and roll to heavy metal ... this album is all over the map. So if you're in the mood for something different, try Terry Allen's brand of Texas flair. And cry in a beer and mean it."
Excellent, gritty, witty country
EibonPanteraNecrophagia | OREGON | 05/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is excellent, gritty, witty country in the vein of newer Johnny Cash (Rick Rubin era). Buy this. Also, buy Human Remains' _Using Sickness as a Hero_. It'll show you the Pennsylvania side of grity, wit, and country masculinity."
Jeff Chinni | 10/10/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It is hard to stop smiling while listening to Mr. Allen record his own work. As someone who is regrettably well into middle age, many of the cuts gently take one back to one's early teenage years."