Justin Towne's Earle's father, Steve Earle, made a career out of writing about hard-luck hillbillies, men who've come to a crossroads in their lives, politically and economically. Earle (Jr.) has followed a similar career path, except he tackles the emotional roadblocks faced by the pre-millennial generation.
All of his albums tend to focus around this theme; HARLEM RIVER BLUES remains his best (I'd rank it as one of the best overall albums of the past 20 years, but that's my opinion), but SINGLE MOTHERS is a welcome entry into his cannon. Per usual, Earle sings about the different spectrums of commitment, this time set against bluesy/rock melodies. All of the songs are strong, though some have a few weak points shining through ("Worried About the Weather," for example, revolves around a rather weak pun). Still, this is an album to listen to while you sit back, sip some cheap wine (or maybe an imported beer), and smoke a couple cigarettes. In other words: it's exactly...
Justin Townes Earle is a great singer/songwriter. His music illustrates his real life troubles and his pain is palpable in his music. It showcases tons of emotion and when you know his personal story, it makes one kind of sad. His music is real. The fact that he comes from a great musical genes shows in his music and is a reward unto itself.
Really just a pleasant surprise! Blends right along with every other JTE album(which in my opinion, is quiet nice). It's just nice that he didn't try something "new", like some artist do at times, and kept the same sound I associate him with.
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