Taylor Swift & Kris Kristofferson Swap Songs/Compliments; Jerry Lee Lewis’ Duet Album Wasn’t Supposed To Be

Brody Vercher | September 27th, 2010

  1. Ben Foster
    September 27, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Whoa! Somebody sure doesn’t like Zac Brown! I do not profess to be his biggest fan, but I never considered his music “freedom rock pomp.” (Though I have heard them do a little bit of bar-band schlock here and there)

  2. Mike Parker
    September 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I like the first Zac Brown Band album, and I really, really liked most of the live disc, but I have to agree a bit with that review. So much of this seems to be way too “double rainbow.” Additionally, The carryovers from the live disc (Let it Go/Whiskey’s Gone/Colder Weather) don’t hold up as well as their live counterparts. I’ve only taken a first listen, so maybe I’m jumping the gun. I’m hoping it’s that, or simply the sophomore slump.

  3. Noah Eaton
    September 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I suppose we can deduce from Richards’ review of “You Get What You Give” that he is no fan of the Dave Matthews Band, or jam bands in general for that matter.

    Where I’ll agree with Richards is that the album feels topically homogenous and sounds a bit too breezy throughout. However, I still consider it a more than satisfying, consistent album from beginning to end in that the musicianship feels natural, the songwriting is honest and there’s more meat lyrically overall, especially on “Colder Weather”, “Martin” and “Cold Hearted” (I loved “The Foundation”, but admit to having a criticism of the album for the lack of depth in many of the songs lyrically aside from “Highway 20 Ride” and “Toes”, though the organic production still lifted most of the songs regardless, especially the lyrically simplistic yet soaring “Free”)

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    Keith’s blues influences are indeed brought to the forefront every once in a while. I feel they especially stand out throughout “That Don’t Make Me A Bad Guy” (which I consider his best post-Dreamworks Nashville album amidst an overall forgettable ever-piling latter career discography) on tracks like “Creole Woman” and “Missing Me Some You”.

    I have to say I think Keith seems to handle the blues more convincingly than his redneck schtick. If he expounds on the former more, some of his best career days may very well be ahead of him and as far as quality is concerned we may see a parabola effect of sorts (mostly appealing 90’s, mostly forgettable 00’s, mostly appealing 10’s).

    *

    It gladdens me to see My Kind of Country dusting off the diamond that is Amber Digby’s exceptional album. I feel too many more successful albums dwell on a common thread, or a few select emotions, and thus make for reducing staying power. Digby’s album has a full palette of emotional appeal and textures, and is one of the more criminally underappreciated releases in recent memory.

  4. Dave D.
    September 27, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    @noah Amen to the My Kind of Country/Amber comment. I was wondering why they were reviewing an older album, but checked their archives and saw that they had already reviewed her more recent work.

  5. Leeann Ward
    September 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    As a part of their spotlight series, My Kind of Country is spotlighting new neotraditionalists this month, which is why they reviewed Bigbee’s older album.

  6. Vicki
    September 27, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    “You and Tequila” sung by Matraca Berg, is terrific.

  7. Thomas
    September 27, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    …being part of a line-up consisting of emmylou harris, kris kristofferson, vince gill and lionel richie and not being out of place at all – could there be a bigger compliment for talyor swift?

  8. Leeann Ward
    September 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    I hardly dare to say it, but I think I could end up enjoying Toby Keith’s new album judging by the Amazon clips only.

  9. Matt Bjorke
    September 27, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Leeann,

    I really like his new single and if the rest of the record is half as good as that then it will be one of his best albums since his Mercury days.

  10. Mike Wimmer
    September 27, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    That new Toby Keith song almost makes up for the awful “Trailerhood”.

    Hopefully it leads to a good album since the last one I really enjoyed was Honkytonk U.

  11. Leeann Ward
    September 27, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Hmmm…I like “Trailerhood.” Then again, I liked White Trash with Money too.

  12. Rick
    September 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I really liked the music video for “Trailerhood”. Does that count? (lol)

    My favorite quote from the “All For The Hall” article:
    “Previous editions of the fundraiser have emphasized veterans such as Harris, Gill, Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakam and others. The addition of Swift to this year’s show translated into a large, vocal contingent of teen and preteen girls, who erupted in a chorus of squeals when master of ceremonies Gill brought her on stage.

    As the shrieking subsided, Gill quipped: “Thank you, thank you! I get that a lot.”

    All I can say is that those teen and pre-teen girls have well heeled parents! Taylor is a hot pop culture icon at this point in time and its nice she’s using it to benefit others. Carrie Underwood always packs out the Opry when she performs, and that is also appreciated (and especially by Pete Fisher).

    Wow, I could learn a whole bunch of cool new snarky put downs from Chris Richards! Way to go Chris!

  13. Waynoe
    September 27, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Leeann,

    Why does it bother you that you may like Toby Keith’s new album? Some prejudice there eh?

    On the topic of Richard’s review of the latest from ZBB: I find much I agree with in his review.

  14. Leeann Ward
    September 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Waynoe,
    No, I’m not a fan of him personally and I won’t pretend that I am. I like some of his music, particularly his nineties output, but only pockets of his 2000s stuff. So, if that’s prejudice, it is what it is.

  15. Waynoe
    September 27, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Though I am not stating this of you Leeann, there are some who are not fond of him for some of his views. It is interesting that those same people will turn around and say that we should like certain other acts regardless of their views. It’s a double-standard.

    His red, white, & blue, boot-up-the-butt, somewhat conservative refernces rangle many of the liberal bloggers and the like.

    Of course, they then turn right around and tell us to love the Dixie Chicks for their music reagardless of their opinions.

    Make no mistake, I tire at times of repetitive themes and Toby has them. We well know that he likes to include drinking and half-naked women in his lyrics and videos. I think he is getting a bit old to sing about things so juvinelle.

    Nonetheless, the media double-standard spills over into the dream world of music criticism and it’s not hard to see where most come from.

    Again, these assertions are not towards you but my feelings in general.

  16. Leeann Ward
    September 27, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I actually understand what you’re saying. I tire of his swagger and I don’t like a lot of his politics, not to mention that he really comes off as a beligerent jerk and opportunist much of the time. But I do judge his music on a song by song, album by album basis. He’s talented and smart. There’s no denying that.

  17. Leeann Ward
    September 27, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I’ve only listened to the Zac Brown album one time all the way through so far, but I like what I remember hearing. I haven’t delved into lyrics yet, but I like the over all vibe of the album.

  18. Troy
    September 27, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    “I like some of his music, particularly his nineties output, but only pockets of his 2000s stuff.”

    This exactly how i feel. His 90’s and early 2000 stuff was really good to me but since 2003 he hasn’t done anything that Ive really like

  19. Waynoe
    September 27, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Leeann,

    Good enough.

  20. bll
    September 27, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    “I like some of his music, particularly his nineties output, but only pockets of his 2000s stuff.”

    Bingo- you’ve said it far better than I could; and I hate to say this as I think he has a great voice, but he needs to write with other people. I find his latest output to banal.

  21. Joseph
    September 28, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I have to agree. Toby’s material in the 90’s and early 2000’s was much better than his recent releases. In my opinion, it seems he is too focused on coming up with clever/catchy hooks and stuck in the “I’m from the trailer park” type of songs instead of writing quality songs.

    I think you are right about him needing to write with some other people. Give him some fresh ideas that are not the typical Toby songs and hopefully breathe a breath of fresh air into some new material for him.

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