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Steve Earle - The Revolution Starts Now



In a time when music seems to be less about talent and more about image, Earle stands at the forefront of an underground movement that believes music should be more about art than profit.Earle's new album is a perfect example of how it is more important to create art that captures what is going on in the world today than to worry about being radio friendly.

The Revolution Starts...Now is Steve Earle's best work he has ever produced. Revolution not only captures the turbulent climate in which we live in today, but also shows how far Earle has progressed as a songwriter and as a musician. Revolution is without a doubt Earle's own Sgt. Pepper's, showing a climatic showcase of all that he has learned over 25 years in the music business. As bold as a statement as this may seem, even heroes of Earles like Bob Dylan never produced an album that showcases their talents in this way.

From the Sex Pistols-like "F the CC" to the call-to-awareness battle cry of the title track, this album is flawless. Reminiscent of Eddie Vedder's "I'm Open", Earle's spoken-word "Warrior" brilliantly shows Earle's extraordinary talent as not only a songwriter, but also as master poet, making this track on an equal plateau with Dylan's "My Back Pages".

Although I will always say my favorite album of Earle's is I Feel Alright, The Revolution Starts...Now is in a category by itself. In the future Revolution will be looked back on by music critics as being the last great political album and will be looked at as a measuring stick by which all other bands will have to be judged.

The Revolution Starts Now

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Blogger lb said...

I was amazed to read this post. I've been totally disillutioned by what we consider "music" these days. It takes some effort, but I'd rather listen to a no-body with wit, humor, a message, and actual musicianship than a Michelle Branch whose more concerned with popularity and who likes to listen to herself sing. (I would like to take credit for the latter Branch comment but I managed to find a critic who actually said that. I was quite extatic, in fact). I was (to some extent still am a fan) a huge fan of Jason Mraz but selling out? His music has changed to a studio sound and its just disheartening. Oh well...somehow they gotta sell out for a bit to make some money and then go back to their roots. Is that even possible?

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Blogger Resist Oppression said...

In today's music world it is very easy to become disillusioned

9:39 AM  
Blogger Resist Oppression said...

In today's music world it is very easy to become disillusioned and disenheartend by artists who seem to be more interested in money than creating music that matters. Thankfully we have the Internet, where non-mainstream artists can get their work heard and interact with fans who share their same love of music. Thanks for the nice comment.

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