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Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room

Dwight Yoakam

1988

Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room

Album Summary

Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room is the third album by country singer Dwight Yoakam. The album contains Yoakam's first (and, as of 2017, only) two No. 1 Hot Country Singles singles. The first was "Streets of Bakersfield," a duet with country music veteran Buck Owens, who had originally released a version of the song in 1973. The second was an original composition of Yoakam's titled "I Sang Dixie." A third song on the album, "I Got You," also an original composition, peaked at No. 5. The title song, "Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room (She Wore Red Dresses)," also charted, but only to the No. 46 position.

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Rating

2.62

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4600

Genres

  • Country
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Wed Feb 10 2021
1

I was wondering how long it would be before I gave my first 1or 5. I’m a C&W fan - Hank, Steve Earl, Kristofferson, Cash but not this brother. Dwight sounds like he was born and always lived in comfort so he never got the obligatory raspiness. About 4/5 songs in there’s a cool Mexican sounding song with accordion but it was too late. The 1 rating was already locked and loaded.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
2

Purdy, bouncy and sentimental as funk; just how I like my country. Thematically, the intention still seems to be proof of virility through abundance of tears. Musically, the intention seems to be to break free of country radio--I don't think his heart's in it, though.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Yoakam makes an incredibly laid back country album that sounds at home in the background of your favorite imagined honky tonk late night joint.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

If all country music sounded like Yoakam, I wouldn't despise it so much. This is a terrific collection of songs, that have a great Tex-Mex feel and some great guests (like Buck Owens). I laughed, I cried, I gave it a four.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

I don't like most country music - from any time period - but I love Dwight. He is, in my opinion, the epitome of country music: Story telling, sweet guitar pickin, cool hat, undeniable "twang" - he's got it all. Still can't say I "love" this album, but it's the best of what it is.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

We'll begin by talking about the music. Not being a country music aficionado, I've enjoyed spending a little more time exploring these artists and their albums. I was surprised how much more I enjoyed the music on this album than Steve Earle's Guitar Town, which came out around the same time. Not that I didn't like most of that album, but I thought it felt kind of generic 80s country. Dwight Yoakam's album was not only just more classic honky tonk sounding, but had much more variety and creativity with the instrumentation, going into Mexican-American styles and so on. I'm always a sucker for an accordion. But on the other hand, let's look at Earle's "Goodbye's All We've Got Left," a song about a painful breakup where the singer feels unable to pick up the phone and figures that maybe he can deal with his emotions some years down the road after some healing and they've gone their separate ways, etc. etc. It's a lovely song about heartache with an appropriate end. The title track of this album first enchanted me with what seemed to be a similar broken heart themed song. (Listen to that lovely accordion!) And then... and then... Oh my God! He just shot her! No, that's not okay! I'm not okay! I feel like the Kill Bill sirens should have sounded at that point! This guy is a murderer and this poor woman is yet another victim of a psychotically possessive monster! And wait a minute, not just in this song, but this murder has been foreshadowed in the previous songs, too! The songs that I was SO enjoying with their steel guitars and mandolins and all as I missed his jealous, murderous intentions. It really traumatized me and there's too much of this that goes on in real life for it to feel like I can deal with it as just some sort of romanticized fiction. No. Once we got past that, and the "Dixie" song (again, musically lovely, but I can write a whole essay on some issues I have with that one), I loved the accordion-enhanced duet "Streets of Bakersfield" (I was just recently in Bakersfield, which is the birthplace of my spouse, so I wish I'd had this to play as we drove around town), and I thought "Floyd County," "Send me the Pillow," and "Hold on to God" were lovely classic country songs with three very classic country themes and no explicit violence against women. Okay, so this album does have its merits! I really love a lot of it... ...And then my player starts the album over again. I remembered that this first song was kind of a witty take on poverty. Let's listen again. "I've had to buy back damn near everything I own/From a little man whose name is Saul and has a lot of money to loan." Oh. no.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
1

Mercifully brief.

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Thu Oct 22 2020

trash as fuck

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

I just really enjoyed this album.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Nice. Sounds like classic country, familiar and comforting.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

A very solid California take on honky tonk, with both traditionalist and modern influences. Recommended to country fans, but it's not likely to win any new converts.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

This album has a lot of twang, which is/was a refreshing alternative to the "new country" that had taken over around that time. Nice accordian and violin arrangements and hurtin' lyrics. Bakersfield, Dixie & the title track are standouts IMO.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

I've always enjoyed Dwight Yoakam's presence in country music. He stands out as an individual in a sea of artists who exist to sound exactly like each other. Yoakam developed his chops playing for the cowpunk crowd in L.A. when the mainstream country music industry had no interest in him. His authentic sound and commitment to his music took him from a cult following to the top of the charts, something which I’ve always admired and respected about him. I wasn't listening to any kind of country in 1988. But I imagine this must have sounded great at the time, given the landscape in country music in the 80s. I'm also a fan of a good Dwight Yoakam cover song. He's made quite a few of them over the years. He has several on this album, including a solid cover of the old Johnny Cash tune, "Home of the Blues," as well as covers of songs by Hank Locklin and Lazy Lester. The star of the show however is his classic duet version of Buck Owens' "Streets of Bakersfield" (with Buck Owens!). As someone who grew up with a lot of Tejano music in the background of my life, I really love the vibe of that particular song. I also feel like this song is a special appreciation of Owens and his music, who deserved all the attention after years of being pushed out of the country mainstream. The subject matter on much of the album gets really dark, even for country music. It’s belied somewhat by Yoakam’s rather crisp sound, but go check out those lyrics. I like the idea of this song progression from love to adultery to paranoia and murder. I’m surprised more artists don’t try something like this, except for the fact that it’s probably really hard to do without coming off as overwrought or corny. Yoakam makes it seem effortless. Fave Songs: Streets of Bakersfield, Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room, Home of the Blues, One More Name

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

As a huge fan of 80s and 90s country, I find Dwight Yoakam to be a very interesting inclusion, and honestly, a pretty informed one. At this point in time, country was taking arguably its biggest turn yet, encompassing more pop and rock sounds as made popular in the 70s and breathing a new life into the country genre (this decision is still rippling through country music today, like it or not). While Dwight Yoakam followed that musical trend to a certain extent, he still kept one foot planted firmly in that classic country "honky tonk" world, using his unique, forlorn-sounding voice to lend to his lonesome country style. Yoakam’s music was also synonymous with Mexican border town cantinas, as he never shied away from infusing his music with that noticeable “tex-mex” flair. Because of the change in the country music landscape at this time, America's country capital of Nashville was critical of Dwight Yoakam, ironically referring to him "TOO country". This resulted in him spending most of his time as a country music outsider, earning is fame the long way around, not the least of which was by playing in L.A. punk clubs. This album was accomplished as a result of Dwight Yoakam relentlessly seeking country music on his own terms and finally gaining significant popularity among listeners, despite Nashville’s backlash. While I can think of country albums from the late 80s to mid 90s that I like better, I honestly don’t know if any of them would better encapsulate this particular era’s country music past and country music future in one album, not to mention Dwight’s reputation as a “cowpunk” outsider. Dwight Yoakam has always unapologetically been his own thing, and this album is probably his most shining example of that uniqueness.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

A nice little country album. 1 star because I secretly like country 1 star because Dwight is great on that sliding steel guitar. 1 star because I love the melancholy lyrics -1 star because this is dangerously close to when country gets TERRIBLE. It's knocking on the door of mediocre country. -1 star for the... weird anti-Semitic lyrics?

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Slightly repetitive, hard to differentiate each song after one listen. I like the instrumentals. Lots of Latin influence. The lyricism is very good.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
2

I hadn’t listened to BUENOS NOCHES FROM A LONELY ROOM before, although I have been partial to some of Dwight Yoakam’s other hits in the past. I expected to enjoy some country. I like the old-school Country sound. Some great guitar picking, fiddling and accordion here. Plenty of clever country lyrics in “I Got You”. This song bodes well for the rest of the album… Then comes a stream of songs reacting to the singer being cheated on and/or left by his lover. Lacking any apparent introspection, the reaction to this is an unpleasant mix of whining and murder. For whining see “One More Name,” “I Hear You Knockin’” and “Send Me The Pillow”. Blah. For murder see “What I Don’t Know” and “Buenos Noches From A Lonely Room”. Yuck. He does manage to handle the breakup better in “Home of the Blues.” Oh… Johnny Cash wrote that one. Dwight needs to check out Alanis Morissette for lessons on how to manage strong emotions around breakups without resorting to homicide. “I Sang Dixie” has the expected undertones of the south’s delusional rewrite of its history I find tough to enjoy, what with its glorification of “rebel pride” as a wholesome love of the south. Let’s not forget what and who the rebels were fighting for and against. Boo. Thankfully Buck Owens jumps in with a great duet of “The Streets of Bakersfield.” I love the accordion and Buck sounds great. “Floyd County” keeps things moving in a better direction as it laments the death of a coal miner. Whew. Things wrap up with some forgettable Christian country. Meh. Not seeing why this made the list of 1001 albums. There are much better country albums and songs (some from Dwight Yoakam) that I would rather listen to. Very little to enjoy here.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
2

Jesus Fucking Christ, this record. If there were no lyrics, I would really really love this. I very much enjoy this traditional style of country with its banjos and fiddles and delicious guitar playing. The duet with Buck Owens is particularly good and it's great to hear Maria McKee on Send Me the Pillow. But as so often happens, toxic masculinity ruins the party again. My dude, your lady-friend is allowed to leave you. She's allowed to leave to be with someone else or just to get away from you (and your gun) or for no reason at all other than she wants to. And, yes, I know it hurts. It's super painful and will make you sad and angry and humiliated and that is HARD. I get it. But eat some ice cream, binge watch some TV, take a bath, and get some freaking therapy. This multi-song revenge fantasy is a misogynistic horror show and it makes you sound like a fragile baby. I'm giving this a 2 instead of a 1 for Buck Owens and Maria McKee.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
1

Yoakam? No, ma’am.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
1

the song about shooting his girl is a bit of a disqualifier

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Fri Oct 08 2021
1

This was a twangy cosmic horror. Country and some songs had polka accordion. Why.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
1

In which Dwight advocates killing unfaithful women. Maybe they'd have more respect if you weren't such a murderous shithead, Dwight.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

Es muy bueno, es tan country pero tiene sonidos muy mexicanos jaja como el acordeón, la verdad lo recomiendo mucho. Te hace sentir como si escucharas corridos pero en Inglés jaja.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

08/06/2021 Ricardo was here That's one of the best country album I ever listened

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

If you like country, you will love this. If you don't love country, you may still love this.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

awesome

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

The Times-News in Hendersonville, North Carolina, ran a joke in their June 17, 1991 issue that eventually got a lot of publicity. Q: What do you get when you play a country music record backwards? A: It stops raining, your wife and dog come back home, you get your pickup truck out of repo, and your mom gets out of prison. Ah, the world of Dwight Yoakum’s 'Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room' (somewhat of a country themed concept album- think 'Dark Side of the [Harvest] Moon'), in which Dwight finds himself in prison right along with mama. Furthermore, he’s on death row, one angry son of a bitch who favors execution in comparison to a life filled with heartache over his cheatin’ gal. ‘What I don’t know might not hurt me,’ he sings on the third track. ‘But if I find out you’ve been cheatin’, what I don’t know might get you killed.’ Shoo wee, boy. On the LP’s title track, one of the best on this surprisingly good LP, the thrice repeated verse endings ‘she wore red dresses’ reveals 1) ‘…and told such sweet lies,’ 2) ‘…and left the wounded (Dwight) behind,’ 3) ‘… but now she lay dead (‘cause Dwight put a gun to her head and pulled the trigger.) Valuable takeaway on 'Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room': don’t cheat on Mr. Yoakum. The LP actually begins with a bouncy love song, featuring Pete Anderson on brisk, clean as a whistle lead guitar: ‘Hey, I know my life seems a mess. But honey, things to me still look real swell ‘cause I’ve got you to see me through.’ And the whole thing wraps up with a terrific blue grass gospel number (c’mon, it’s country, obligatory to give at least one shout out to the good Lord above), ‘Hold On to God.’ Good harmonies, except a strong, deep bass would’ve really put the gravy on this chicken fried steak of a tune. Fiddler Don Reed, though, makes up for things, as well as a mean Dobro offering from Al Perkins. My toes were a tappin’ and I was sangin’ my be-hind clean off. In fact, I sang along with most of the LP. A lot has been made about Dwight Yoakum’s nasally, yodeling vocal style, but I found it rather pleasant. He’s got a great tone, pitch on point, and at times- like on the opener, ‘I Got You’- displays an unusual, sophisticated(?), almost syncopated phrasing, somewhat uncommon in country, especially this neo-traditional hillbilly country that Yoakum has revived. It’s very different from, say, Garth Brooks, who I loathe. Most of today’s country sounds like more like the Eagles than Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakum’s mentor. But I happen to prefer Hank Williams and George Jones to Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. But back to the LP’s theme: as I wrote above, all’s well at the beginning and the end. But, boy, that middle! Things go south, and in a hurry. Dwight’s gonna need him some grace and mercy and the salvation offered through Jesus on the closer after all that killin.’ Along the way, he does redeem himself a bit on ‘I Sang Dixie,’ a real tearjerker about a drunk homeless fellow he cradled on a city street as he lay dying and people just passed on by. The bridge is a super clever redoing of the traditional ‘Dixie’: ‘Way down yonder in the land of cotton, old times there ain’t near as rotten as they are on this damned ol’ L.A. street.’ But, unfortunately, he’s right back to his sinning on the next number, an upbeat duet with Buck Owens, ‘Streets of Bakersfield.’ But he also reminds you not to judge too quickly unless you’ve walked those same streets the way he has. ‘Judge not lest ye be judged.’ Jesus sang that one on his debut LP, ‘Buenas Dias From the Kingdom of Heaven.’ Shoot, the players on this thing don’t get much better: In addition to the above mentioned (another shout out to lead guitarist Pete Anderson, all over this album with great fill-ins, like George Harrison’s crucial bits with the Beatles), Tom Brumley on pedal steel (I’m a sucker for good pedal steel- like cilantro on your street tacos, you gotta have it), and Flaco Jimenez on accordion (& I’m likewise a sucker for that and it’s muy caliente in his nimble fingers, too.) Love the sound, the production, the song placements, the movement of the whole thing. Pretty bleak lyrical themes but pretty lush musical accompaniment. This is some good drinkin’ music, if you’re into that. I’d say you should start with an ice cold beer and then move right to whiskey, until that final gospel number (and you’re going to need an orthodox Jewish pal for this) in which you take a stone water jar, the kind used for ceremonial washing, holding approx. 20-30 gallons… well, for those of you who are in the know… you know. The rest may refer to the second chapter of the gospel according to John in the New Testament of the Holy Bible for the surprise ending. 5/5 (& this from a dude who thinks the Ramones are the best thing since sliced biscuits.)

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

I like this

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Fri Jun 03 2022
5

Excellent stuff, country crooner of the highest order.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

while i lack a strong country music knowledge, i can recognize this project's absence of country albums! but dwight yoakam said, "hold my guitar." this was a fun album! a pleasant, easy listen. there were more than a few songs that became earworms after a few listens. i had fun singing along, even. it was a nice mix of original compositions and covers from old country songs. as i understand it, yoakam stood right between the old and the new country sound. i like that he took several old country songs (one as a duet with the original artist!) and created his own covers! it was a nice nod to the early country music.

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Fri Sep 04 2020
4

idk honky tonk country? Surprisingly good. At least 8/10

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Thu Sep 03 2020
4

Very good. Has a vibe to it that I really enjoy.

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Mon Sep 28 2020
4

love a country album

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

только добрался, на 4 точно будет! такое true кантри

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Good

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

That was fun ...

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

4.0.good

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

Really Starting to enjoy this one.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

This was another album that I liked in general but can’t really pick out a specific song I really liked. It was just a solid blues, country, honky think revival album. Fav song: I got you

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

Went damn hard.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWW

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

wow i did not think i could like country music. my favourite song would be the one with the same name as the album.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

Love me some Yoakam...Streets of Bakersfield always makes me smile

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Country boy, yee haw

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

dark songs of honky-tonk life, beautifully crafted

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

som country muito agradável, curti

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

Really enjoyed this album. Chicken Pickin at it's best. Love the slide guitar and the fiddle. Found his voice pretty agreeable as well. Helps me start to bridge that gap between Folk/Americana/Traditional music and contemporary pop country.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

I don't listen to a lot of country as a matter of personal preference, but this is good stuff. I like Dwight Yoakam's voice and guitar playing, and there's a bit more texture in the songs on this album than I usually hear in country. Not likely something I'll return to because the style is just not what I enjoy very much, but I did like giving this one a listen.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

This album makes want to marry my cousin...

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Happy, relaxed country. A good time.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

good country album

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

4.25

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Great ole country, sad songs by Dwight

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

I wasn’t in the mood, but could tell this was a great album.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

I have learned more and more over the years that the country style rooted in Bakerfield honky-tonk is most likely my favorite style. This album hits all those notes, along with some Tex-Mex accordion sounds as well. Really enjoyable record.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

The cover of Home of the Blues is better than the original in every way, the solo is very inventive with the use of harmonics. Good album with great guitar work.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

An excellent slice of some great country music. Dwight has a classic voice and some great songs.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

It’s a good one but the first two of his stand out to me more.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

It was good but a bit one note

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

Fine

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

pleasant album of country or western. Not really sure which.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Country genre. I'll need to listen to again at some point when I'm in the mood for it.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Fav Song: What I Don't Know

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Sun Jun 13 2021
3

Not horrible.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

Good country album. Classic Hank Williams-style, with a modern twist. No memorable songs, they all mesh into one for me.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

"Not since Leon Payne has anyone gone from love that is so obsessive it cares not a whit for the most basic of life's needs…to a murderous jealousy…to homicide in the first five songs.[9] Side one begins with "I Got You," which was released in February 1989 as the album's third single, peaking at #5. With lines like, "I got a letter from the folks over at Bell, just to let me know for my next phone call I could walk outside and yell," the song is practically the album's only source for wry humor, detailing the troubles of a narrator trying to make ends meet while taking solace in the fact that he has the woman he loves "to ease my pains" and "keep me sane." This rosy outlook is shattered with the gentle waltz "One More Name’ as the narrator hears the woman uttering names in her sleep – presumably the names of her lovers. Now paranoia carries over into the drum-heavy "What I Don’t Know," which contains the near psychotic warning "What I don’t know might not hurt me, but what I don’t know might get you killed." A cover of Johnny Cash’s "Home of the Blues" comes next and finds the narrator alone in a house "filled with the sweetest memories, memories so sweet that I cry." The story culminates with "She Wore Red Dresses," a murder ballad that finds the narrator "like a madman" praying for vengeance before tracking down the woman and her lover and shooting her in the head.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

Bon album country. Bien excute j’ennai ecoute plus qu’il faut apres 3.5*

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Mooie stem, mooie snik, maar iets te country naar mijn smaak.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

Dwight Yoakam's album has that perfect country sound, which I read was mixed with a little inspiration from Latin America music. 2 songs from this album both went on to chart #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles, so you know the music on this album is good. I can appreciate country music from time to time, but I can't believe I never heard of this album.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

This was the album I got right after Steve Earle, which I learned was somewhat fitting since Earle and Yoakam had something of a feud or even rivalry. Since they were back-to-back, it's impossible for me to not compare the two albums. While Steve Earle's Guitar Town hit me in my sweet spot immediately, it took a little while for this album to do the same. And it really only did so sporadically. I still enjoyed it, but truth be told, I liked the 4 or 5 other Dwight Yoakam songs Spotify played after the album ended. And thankfully, Guitars and Cadillacs wasn't one of them.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Good country album. Stand outs: Streets of Bakersfield, title track,

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

Ik vind country fijn. Dit is wel heel erg ‘traditional’, ondanks dat luisterde het lekker weg!

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

Country yeah. Niet meteen mijn favoriete muziek maar ik kan dit album goed hebben. Mijn favorieten zijn "What I Don't Know" en "Home of the blues" ***

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

What I will say is that a lot of modern country music sounds like this, some 31 years after this album came out, so kudos to Dwight for being well ahead of his time. Having said that, it's notable that this album and its lyrics lack the shallowness you sometimes hear modern country. "I Sang Dixie" was a highlight for me

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

I like the honky tonk music sound, but not much else, except maybe Buck Owens.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

Solid, not much else to say

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

Enjoyed it!

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Not my cup of tea

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

2022.12.09

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Country animado. Ni fu ni fa.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

3.6 - This one reminds me of the summer I spent in Houston and a Saturday night we went out for two-step line dancing. Turns out it’s actually kind of fun. And despite the Texas twang, I actually like this record. The songs are crafted honestly and the instruments sound crisp without studio quackery.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Country westcoast, llorón pero muy divertido. Se escucha muy bien y suena ligero, fresco, a la vez que clásico. Entretenido.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

Singer. Actor. This guy does it all. 3.5/5

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

Not my bag but a solid album nonetheless.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Om vrolijk te worden van de fiddle-deuntjes, maar om de wenkbrauwen te fronsen bij de teksten. In 2 nummers vermoord het 'hoofdpersonage' zijn lief wegens overspel... beetje overdreven reactie als je het mij vraagt

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Good. Lovely country tunes. Very good.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Hmh, jotenkin tää sopi lauantaiaamuun ihan hyvin. Tai sit mun aivot on pehmenneet. Ehkä 2.5/5 ja pyöristetään ylös, koska sai hyvälle tuulelle.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

Some pretty good country music. Not my favorite, but would listen to again.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

aight

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Sun May 08 2022
3

Country music. I have no idea what distinguishes one country album / artist from another

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Wed May 25 2022
3

I looooove me some Dwight. The Mexican influenced tracks (the title track and Streets of Bakersfield) are my favorites, and really make me feel like a lazy afternoon in Tucson. Not my favorite Yoakam album, but definitely belongs in the rotation. 3.5 stars, rounding down because not enough Mexican accordion.

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Tue May 31 2022
3

allt i lagi

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

-Generally seems like every country album. Not too much bro-country theming but it sounds like completely generic country -Woah "Buenos Noches From a Lonely Room (She Wore Red Dresses)" just has murder out of nowhere -Acvording to the Wikipedia that murder was actually building up over the last 5 songs but on re-listen it still didn't really stand out to me -Third day in a row where the music wasn't unpleasant but the genre is just not that interesting ("Natty Dread" by Bob Marley & the Wailers (reggae) and "A Date With The Every Brothers" by The Every Brothers (old school 50's-ish rock) (I missed "Me Against The World" by 2Pac))

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

If one enjoys the sound of country music at a festive Texas cantina, or small-town steakhouse then this album is the epitome of that feeling. Dwight Yoakam incorporates a small amount of Tejano elements to round out the album's title. Country can feel country, or it can feel like a party where Coors and/or Bud Light are the drinks of choice. This album is more like the latter, where one can be transported to a location where hats with fish hooks, acid-washed jeans and no sign of a car in the lot, all trucks. This is not quite redneck country but they certainly are not far off. Where Dwight Yoakam earns respect though is that he is not pop country, although a counterpoint is that he could be responsible for it (or Garth, take your pick). Songs about tractors, beers, and women of ill-repute are lacking here, instead we do have more introspective story-telling reminiscent of outlaw country, but with all the twang and yee-haw feels of modern country. Country is not the usual fare for this listener, but Dwight Yoakam's modesty in performing this album sheds a disappointing light on modern (2022) country where artists are maybe a little too intentionally country to the point of imitation. Dwight Yoakam is a genuine country musician or a great persona, either way the feel good nature of the album resonates with the laid back yet meaningful life of what presumably is a country boy.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

Really don't care for Honky-Tonk Country, but it's fine I suppose. Got annoyed to be honest but that is not emblematic of the quality.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

Sounds pretty middle of the road to me.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

Hard not to like it. I don't think it will make it into my regular rotation however.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
3

Typical honky tonk country, not bad to listen to over it's runtime of almost 40 minutes but offers little more than that

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Sun Jun 26 2022
3

Great sound and vocals, but in the grand picture of country music, fails to really stand out.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

I thought the first song was cute but the style got old over a whole album. I appreciate the effort to follow some sort of concept but it really falls flat when everything gets so samey. 5/10

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

6/10. Decent, old timey country

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

twangy [twang-ee] adjective. 1. having the sharp, vibrating tone of a plucked string. having a nasal voice quality.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Probably a 3.5 for me.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

3.4

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Ehhh, it was okay, I guess.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

More tolerable than most country. I think I like this more because it feels more like country rock with good guitar riffs.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

Some good guitar and fiddle tunes but nothing overly memorable with this one

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

More country. And this time around - pure yokel hick moonshine ridin' mah horse country. And if you can get over the ridiculous singing style - it's pretty fun.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

I feel bad that I’m giving this one such a low rating? There are SO FEW country albums on this list, and I love Dwight, but to say this is one of the few great country records is ridiculous. This is maybe Dwight’s 3rd or 4th best album. I think Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc… would have been a much stronger inclusion, because unlike this album, it’s songs are distinct and well-written. “Streets of Bakersfield” a banger tho

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Country and Western is my guilty pleasure.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

I did not hate this as much as I thought I would.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

Very good. 3/5

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

favourite song: one more name least favourite song: i sang dixie enjoyed this a lot more than i thought i would

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

A fine country album. It’s a nice change of pace in terms of genre, but I still struggle to fully appreciate country. Some decent songs on here but nothing I’m loving. 5/10

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Hard amount of the stuff I don't like in modern country, but I did like some more of it when it felt really genuine. Mixed bag really.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

I liked his voice, the idea of a concept album, and the Buck Owens cover/feature was a treat. But honestly the execution was mediocre, and the songwriting was kinda mid. Not bad, not great, just kinda feel whatever on this one.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
3

spaniards piss me off

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Fri Dec 02 2022
3

Country

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Fri Oct 23 2020
2

I don't really like Country Music so this wasn't great for me.

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Wed Nov 04 2020
2

It had some good ideas, but overall I am just not a very big country guy. i like songs individually, but not as a whole

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Mon Sep 21 2020
2

Country is not my vibe

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

I can appreciate the innovation going but my god, why does every country singer sounds so whiny?

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Slet ikke min stil. Dansktop western af værste skuffe

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

I wanted this to be the album that got me into country but it just wasn't.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
2

Definitely not my thing. 4/10

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

regular

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Mon Feb 01 2021
2

Not looking forward to this one greatly, I'm largely not a fan of country but that's the point of this challenge really, to expose myself to new music and find things I hadn't heard before so we go on. The guitar playing on here is strong, and I don't dislike the songs much, but I am put off by the large amount of twang in the vocals, which just has never sat particularly well with me. The more upbeat tracks I do enjoy, Streets of Bakersfield, Floyd County. Usually I rate albums on how much I would want to return to something and the emotions it evokes in me. Not feeling much here either way, I'm not sure if I'll ever listen to this again but there's a kind of endearing nature to this homely, sad cowboy.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
2

NEJ inte country blä

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

A more twangy album bereft from any memorable tunes. It does highlight Yoakam as a unique voice and gifted lyricist while still failing to make any remarkable impact.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
2

What people say they hate when they say they hate country music

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

too country for me FT: 2/5

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Wed Apr 21 2021
2

It's fine.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

Never been a huge country fan, but this is manageably short and sweet. Some funny lyrics in the first song but the rest is pretty depressing, which, I guess, is country's thing. Interesting how the instrumentation is put together with really formal solo breaks and each instrument weighing in.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
2

80s honky tonk country that I don't really care for. 4/10.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

country ahoooy

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Thu Aug 26 2021
2

I like country, but this one misses quite some oomph for me.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

Shite Yoakam

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

Sounds identical to wveey other country album. Same chords, same melodies, same overtones of incest.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

Possibly the most country, country album ever.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
2

Ugh, someone please kick me in the horse nuts. This state fair bullshit is way too much. Generic twang country crap. No thanks. 1.5.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
2

HONKY TONKY I'M A COUNTREEE BOIIIIIIIIII

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Sun Oct 10 2021
2

This was pleasant enough as pure background music, but a far cry from being actually good, or interesting, new, original, inspiring, etc. No idea what the justification is for including this one on this list.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
2

I would never listen to this out of choice. Kind of enjoyable though. Love that accordion

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Fri Dec 03 2021
2

Опять кантри. Опять одно и то же, только звучание более свежее.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
2

Preamble: I don't know anything about Dwight Yoakam. Gonna try to be open-minded about this listen. The Telecaster tones are superb on this record. Reading on this, it sounds like the producer and utility man for this record (and much of Yoakum's career) is a guy named Pete Anderson. That's cool. This record sounds like a honkey tonk band playing through a ten foot tall rack of compressors, limiters, exciters, EQ, and plate reverb. I guess that's ok. But I'd prefer a more 70s production style for this type of music. But of course, I'm missing the point. The lyrics. They're good. This was a time when country lyrics were heartfelt and universally applicable - both at the same time. That's hard to do. And new popular country music lyrics are...well...awful. At least the stuff I hear coming out of the radio. But, of course, I'm missing the point. Dwight Yoakam's hips and dancing. At least, that's a big thing for Annie - who loves him. Ok. That's fine. There should probably be more country on this list than there has been. I mean, at least as much country as Britpop, right? Objectively, yes. But after listening to this, I'm glad it isn't so. Sorry Dwight['s hips]. Honestly, I have no idea how this stacks up against other country albums likely to be on this list. But I didn't like it as much as Garth Brooks and I'm sure I'll only be able to stomach a 4 star rating for his best work. Which makes me feel better about giving this a strong 2 stars.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
2

To be brutal, it could be any insipid C&W album. Being positive, it could be used as Muzak. I listened to it all the way through to the end, just to prove I could.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
2

Tut meist nicht weh. Manchmal aber sehr wie bei Titel-gebenden Song. 1.7

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Sun Jan 09 2022
2

Guitar on the title track is fantastic. Nothing special as far as my exposure to country music can tell.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
2

The lyrics are actuallly quite clever in service of aggressively generic themes. In fact, the lyrics are to clever for the stories he's singing about. I Got You is a great example. Though it hits like a brick when you dig in on the title track. I hate the instrumentation. The Streets Of Bakersfield is underwhelming.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
2

Decent country album, nothing that blew me away but it was pleasant to have on.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
2

juu eipä oikein iske tämmönen kättäkin viileämpi kantri. 2/5

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Wed Mar 23 2022
2

Nothing special. Didn't finish because after a few songs it's more of the same.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
2

neo-traditional country should not be a genre

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Sun Apr 10 2022
2

There are some moments in here I enjoyed but just too much honky tonk and classic country in here for me.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
2

2/5 well nothing much

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Mon May 02 2022
2

It was a nice background listen but nothing really stuck out to me at all

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Mon May 02 2022
2

Fine?

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Mon May 02 2022
2

I think I might just hate country. The thing is this didn't actually sound too bad, but there's something silly about his half-arsed country drawl, not for me.

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Fri May 06 2022
2

Pretty darn dull. I sometimes like country music but this was just a bit shit.

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Fri May 06 2022
2

What a fucking boring album and also so whiney. Found it very misogynistic and he sounds like a controlling douchebag to go out with. Boring music too

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Wed May 25 2022
2

Been putting this one off for a few days now because I knew I wasn't in the mood for country music. Finally pressed play. I'm finding it mostly inoffensive. Not much of a compliment, I know. It's not particularly bad, but it's not stirring anything in me either.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
2

Channeling my Bakersfield vibes and place of birth here. Don’t think I’d ever listen to this album again, just now my kind of country jam.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
2

I am not opposed to country, but this one didn't do as much for me. Not really my style. 2/5

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Thu Jul 14 2022
2

I don't like country, sorry. It sounds all the same to me.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
2

Best Song: I Hear You Knockin'. It has a certain toe-tapping quality that I can't deny. Worst Song: I Sang Dixie. The funeral dirge of someone I care nothing about. Overall: This ain't my genre. Maybe this is the Mozart of this shit, but I wouldn't be able to tell. All I can tell is that the production is decently slick, and what's here sounds as listenable as its likely to get for me.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
2

Think I've had to dance once or twice to 'Streets of Bakersfield' at someone's wedding.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

2 I'm not gonna lie, I've never heard of Dwight Yoakam, but as soon as I saw a cowboy hat on the cover of this album, I groaned. I'm really not much of a country guy, but I tried going in with an open mind. As far as country goes, this is a pretty innocuous album. It really feels grounded in the roots of the genre, however, with that being said, I'm not sure what sets this album apart from similar country albums of the era - maybe I just don't know enough about the genre? I would enjoy it if I were at a country bar, but I don't see myself listening to it much on my own time. Favorite songs: Idk they really all kind of blended together for me. I Got You?

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

2.5 I previously knew or Dwight Yoakam because he played Bruce on the TV show Wilfred. So I went in a little more open minded than I normally would have when it comes to country. Aside from some pretty disturbing illusions to murdering a cheating ex, I think this is pretty accessible sounding country. It did not blow my mind or change my perspective on country by any means but I would be lying if I said I didn’t at least enjoy the sound. Favorites include: Home of the Blues, Buenos Noches From A Lonely Room, Streets of Bakersfield, Floyd County

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Fri Aug 05 2022
2

Fairly straightforward country, not terribly offensive.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
2

Hmmm...really not my usual cup of tea, but tried to give it a fair listen...I struggled with what seemed like what often felt like very robotic drums and a bit of country by numbers. Older country sometimes escapes this by being less polished, more lofi with looser playing. That said, I started ro warm a bit by the end...just a bit though...my Spotify went on random country after and think I enjoyed everything after, particularly Junior Brown's Broke Down South of Dallas. Not sure I'm likely to warm to much country newer than 1970 tbh.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
2

I do like some country music but was not crazy about this album. I thought "Streets of Bakersfield" and "I Sang Dixie" were ok, but not something I would return to listen to again.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
2

I was thinking it was sounding alright, but, Oh! He killed her? And stated it so casually! Did not see the song going there. Then in another song, "What I don't know might get you killed"? Creepy! Musically I like some of it, but lyrically I'm going to have to downgrade.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
2

Dwight yo-cum

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

I'll stick with Willie N thanks

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Wed Oct 05 2022
2

Je dois avouer que même si je ne suis pas fan de country je peux apprécier la qualité de cet album côté production et composition. Ça reste un son qui est dur à endurer et le côté ultra preachy je pourrais m'en passer.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
2

First of all, because of the title I thought this was going to be more Spanish vibes and this was not that. I’ve had a dirty secret for a bit that I think country actually sounds good, although I never listen to it. HOWEVER, this got very repetitive for me around the halfway point and I was waiting for it to be over. It all just sounds the same to me unfortunately. That being said I wouldn’t mind coming back to this when I have more of an appreciation for the genre, or maybe I won’t idk Album cover: 2/5 not a big fan

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Fri Oct 14 2022
2

Albums like these I wish I could do half stars, as it is pretty middle of the road. Country is not my forte and while I have enjoyed a few albums from the generator, this isn't one of them. It's okay but the twang gets annoying after a while and multiple breaks were needed.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

I'm generally not one to disparage an entire genre, and I have been making some inroads into appreciating country in recent years, but on the whole I'd say country isn't my bag, and it's stuff that sounds like this that I'm thinking of when I say that. Is that because Yoakam was super influential and spawned a legion of imitators? I don't know. I do know that I happened to be listening to some Townes Van Zandt earlier, and Yoakam suffered horribly in the comparison... Fave track - eh, "Streets of Bakerfield", I guess, but it's more for the backstory than anything else...

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Fri Nov 04 2022
2

Thanks to this project I’m now familiar with Willie Nelson’s great Red Headed Stranger, which sets the bar for a love/jealousy/murder/redemption cycle. This record doesn’t manage to rate a comparison. There are some flashes of greatness—Streets of Bakersfield in particular. There was also some moderately clever wordplay and at least it wasn’t wall to wall culture wars posturing and cartoonish stereotypes like some modern male country artists churn out. But it’s a little too glossy for me, even though this is supposed to be a more roots alternative to mainstream country. The big problem was I just couldn’t feel enough from these songs to make me want to listen again. Unlike Willie, Dwight wasn’t able to bring me into his world enough to get over the repellence of his characters. And maybe I’m too sensitive but I thought there was a hint of antisemitism in “I Got You.” And “Dixie” and “rebel” are words that have meanings—they’re not just synonyms for the South. So you can take your traitorous, racist, revisionist history garbage and shove it, Dwight. There’s too much great music in the world for me to waste another minute on Dwight Yoakam.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
1

1988. Key Songs: I Got You, I Sang Dixie

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Thu Oct 01 2020
1

Dwight Yoakam was probably the first artist I ever hated. I listened to a lot of country radio when "Pocket of a Clown" came out, and I couldn't change the station fast enough whenever I heard his voice. This album did nothing to sway me. Best track: Send Me the Pillow.

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Fri Jan 01 2021
1

Tämä ulvonta ei kolahtanut

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Thu Feb 11 2021
1

I really don't like that twangy voiced country stuff. For me to like nything country it has to be pretty spectacular. I can't get through this, it's hurting my soul.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
1

Next album please I’ll not lie, I didn’t listen to all of this but I’m giving it one star anyway just so poor Muddy isn’t bottom of the pile

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Fri May 14 2021
1

1.5 - mostly bland and boring. not my thing. 0.5 for I Sang Dixie which is ok

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Thu Feb 11 2021
1

Hard Pass. Not even remotely interested in this album/style/artist/etc...

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Wed Feb 24 2021
1

If this album in any way contributed to Yoakam’s career in a manner that led to him crossing paths with Billy Bob Thornton so he could eventually be cast in SLING BLADE… then it was well worth the experience of disinterest I had listening to it. The mariachi Bakersfield tune was okay, I guess? Yoakam if you got ‘em!

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Wed Feb 17 2021
1

First album I couldn't make it al the way through

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Thu Feb 04 2021
1

Not great Country

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Mon Feb 15 2021
1

Yikes......

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Mon Feb 15 2021
1

Dit soort pure country is echt niks voor mij. Wat een ongelofelijke zeikmuziek! Na een paar nummers afgezet. Exit!

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Mon Feb 15 2021
1

wtf is dit zeg! Waarom staat dit in deze lijst? Echt niet te doen...

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Sun Apr 11 2021
1

Country meh

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Fri Jun 18 2021
1

Simply grating. Any subtlety in here passed me by.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
1

This is the exact sort of country nonsense I can’t stand

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Thu Jul 08 2021
1

meh

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Mon Jul 12 2021
1

Its a country album, and I don't like country.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
1

Oh god no. Not country.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
1

I would have accepted Guitars Cadillacs on account of Terminator 2, but this one?

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Wed Sep 08 2021
1

Didn't like the lyrics, or the genre, or the same old same old country sob stories drawled out ad infinitum. Production seemed fine but that doesn't redeem it. Spent most of the time rolling my eyes and checking whether it was about to finish

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