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French Af­fair. (Ran­dom House)

Old Ideas

- Matthew Dal­las

Bro­ken-hearted, stand­ing in the rain? Your com­pan­ion for the long cold win­ter has ar­rived.

Justin Townes Earle does sad songs ex­tremely well. Those who have seen him live or have spun his de­but long player The Good Life will know he can belt out a honky-tonk foot-stom­per with such vi­tal­ity you’d swear it could bring Hank Wil­liams back from the dead.

On 2010’s Har­lem River Blues and now Noth­ing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, Earle has shelved the lat­ter to delve into the Mem­phis blues.

They’ve shown him to be a young mas­ter at craft­ing sub­three minute bal­lads full of soul and wist­ful emo­tion. But I still miss the ‘other guy’, and the sonic va­ri­ety that made Mid­night at the Movies (2009) a mod­ern day coun­try clas­sic.

You won’t find a stronger open­ing to a record this year than the three tracks that lead off Noth­ing’s Gonna Change. ..– but they’re all bruis­ers. You’ll want to pull this one out late in the night, when you’re feel­ing just right – or wrong, as the case may be. 1/2

- Matthew Dal­las

Amanda Tay­lor-ace, with Ann Rickard – My

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