Justin Townes Earle from the album Saint of Lost Causes on New West Records (by Bryant Liggett)
Justin Townes Earle kicks off his latest release with a dark dose of reality. Aside from owning the fact that he is “a bad dream,” the title track comes off with plenty of warnings as Justin Townes Earle delivers prose about a cruel world for both the sheep and the shepherd. “The Saint of Lost Causes” is a bluesy album opener where the darkness is accentuated by spooky, psychedelic guitar.
“Ain’t Got No Money” is a straight ahead narrative of a universal problem, a tune that locks into a blues chug from the get-go, followed by the somber reflections of “Mornings in Memphis.”
“Flint City Shake It” grooves along (a song companion to the film “Roger & Me”) with a Blues bounce following in “Pacific Northwestern Blues” and “Say Baby”, the trio of tracks calling for a let-loose twirl on the dance floor. “Appalachian Nightmare” is a road tale about a drug dealer, cop killer and overall bad-choice maker where JTE’s voice becomes the confessor. The Saint of Lost Causesis an album of gothic ballads and rootsy shuffles where Justin Townes Earle sings of hope and despair, even tosses around some historical touchstones. Solo instruments like pedal steel, guitar and harmonica are sound affects accentuating the storyline, the notes and riffs coming in bursts and fills. (by Bryant Liggett)
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