OneStat.com Web Analytics

The Outsider

Rodney Crowell takes aim at corrupt politicians, greedy corporations and empty-headed pop culture on The Outsider, the latest in a string of winning mid-career country-rock albums.

A sharp backing band meets the challenge of Rodney's outrage, lending hard-rock bite to "Don't Get Me Started" and a funky bohemian shuffle to the title track. But lyrically, Rodney's populism is often too vague to be effective. Even the poignant centerpiece, "Ignorance Is the Enemy," feels overwrought compared to a tender cover of Bob Dylan's "Shelter From the Storm." Rodney truly shines, as songwriter and singer, on a handful of low-key songs like "Glasgow Girl" and "We Can't Turn Back Now," both tinged with the romance of the British Isles. -Matthew Everett

Don’t miss an issue! Subscribe to Nash Country Weekly.

Comments

Recent Music Posts More

More News

The Gambler’s Last Deal begins May 13 in Mahnomen, Minn.
Video features his Wife Alex and Dog Writer as the main characters.
Sam Hunt leads the field with nods in three categories.
New single, “Outskirts of Heaven,” has youngsters thinking.
The faith-fueled tune is part of Blake’s new album, “If I’m Honest.”