Justin Townes Earle - The Good Life

2008-04-12 07:02
Yes, it’s country music, with an easygoing delta-blues groove, and a pleasantly rough-and-ready twang. It’s unlikely to offend, and easy to hear over the buzz of a bar room.

And although the happy-go lucky romantic attitude that pervuades it is pleasant enough, and although it isn’t just the son of Steve Earle re-living the legacy, The Good Life isn’t as interesting as its black and white cardboard cover. It’s a mediocre plowing of old furrows, with only predictable lyrics and rather tired tunes to offer.
- Jean Barker

Every South African should own a CD like this. Magazine writers might say it’s "ideal for long evenings by the fire" and trendy US publications might celebrate its old-timey acoustic charm. But here at home, it’s really the perfect thing to pop in the CD player when you’re stopped for speeding drunk on your way through the boerewors curtain that encircles the average South African city.

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