STURGILL SIMP­SON Me­ta­mod­ern Sounds in Coun­try Mu­sic

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JOE BREEN.

Loose ★★★★ It’s his sec­ond Euro­pean re­lease this year but Me­ta­mod­ern Sounds in Coun­try Mu­sic is ac­tu­ally Simp­son’s new al­bum – the ex­cel­lent High Top Moun­tain was Europe catch­ing up on this mav­er­ick Amer­i­can retro twang­ster with a taste for al­tered con­scious­ness (Al­dous Hux­ley gets a high five). The ironic ti­tle sig­ni­fies the sort of at­ti­tude that places the Ken­tucky singer­song­writer out­side the Nashville set. That at­ti­tude in­fuses the 10 tracks; dif­fi­cult ti­tans such as Ge­orge Jones and Kris Kristof­fer­son are re­called in Life of Sin and Tur­tles All the Way Down while Liv­ing the Dream is laced with bit­ter­ness. Just Let Go and The Prom­ise show a softer side while A Lit­tle Light Within nails the coun­try gospel vote and tape loops and dis­tor­tion colour a dark It Ain’t All Flow­ers. He ain’t kid­ding. sturgill­simp­ Down­load: A Lit­tle Light Within; Life of Sin

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