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I’m a Lonesome Fugitive

Merle Haggard

1967

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I’m a Lonesome Fugitive

Rating

2.82

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3193

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Toe-tapping music at it's finest. I just wanna two-step around the room. :) Love me some, Merle!

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Left me broken inside. Damn, Merle, why’d you have to be so loud. Country music really is the music of pain.

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A country classic and liked it more than I expected to :)

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Excellent - a true classic of the genre. Good ol' honky tonk Country songs of heartbreak, loneliness, cheatin' women, and running away from responsibilities ;) Haggard's voice sounds great and is well supported by the traditional country sounds of pedal steel et cetera.

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I prefer Merle a million times more than Buck Owens. Some will draw the line from Buck to Merle to Dwight Yoakam and they wouldn't be wrong. Merle gets major points for "Mama Tried" and "Okie From Muskogee" two all time bangers (both are obvious 5's). Neither song appears on this album, so seek those out if you've never heard them. If you're looking to do a deep dive on the wonders of Merle, fair warning: Spotify separates Merle Haggard from Merle Haggard & The Strangers, which is just annoying. This album just scratches the surface of the Merle legend, but it'll help you understand why Merle Haggard merits consideration for the Mount Rushmore of country music.

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Of course it's great, it's Merle Haggard. Great music for road trips, especially sections of highway that are less congested so you can just sit back and relax a tad.

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Grâce à cet album, j'ai enfin pu comprendre où voulait en venir mon camarade d'écoute robnouricière lorsqu'il évoquait le genre musical "Bob l'éponge". Je vais vous révéler ici le secret de ce genre musical. Lancez l'album de Merde, et concentrez-vous sur l'instrument à cordes utilisé. Maintenant, pensez fort à Bob l'éponge, dégustant un Krusty Crab dans l'enceinte de Monsieur Crabe, en compagnie de son camarade Carlos. L'immersion devrait être des plus totales, et des bulles ne devraient pas tarder à sortir de votre bouche. Un grand merci à rob et à l'album de merde du jour pour ce petit secret révélé.

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Un mauvais album de plus dans cette période sombre que certains qualifieraient volontiers de "Crise du Générateur". On réalise très vite que Merle Haggard est un proche de Buck Owens et qu'il va nous servir la même soupe à base de générique de Bob l'éponge. Merde Haggarl.

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Couldn't even finish this garbage. Hate this style of Country music.

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What a silky smooth voice and backing strings

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Good road trip vibes

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Sorpresota. Otro disco perfecto.

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Excellent album - very evocative.

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Some good, ol' fashioned country music. If there's one thing that I've learned from this album generator, it's that I don't hate country music, I hate modern country music. The songs go down smooth and don't overstay their welcome. Hadn't heard of Merle Haggard before, but I'll definitely be listening to him more from here on out.

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Je n'écoutais quasi jamais de Country, et c'est une révélation

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Perfection

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Classic

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Pretty good

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4

It only felt very good, not essential.

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Je m’attendais pas a un album country mais j’aime bien le style. C’est plaisnant de decouvrir un artiste comme cela. A reecouter. 4*

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One for one what you would expect a country album to sound like and themed after, enjoyed it despite the genre

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very good country

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Hi: All of Me Belongs To You, Skid Row, Mixed Up Mess of a Heart If you're tired of Johnny Cash outlaw country, get into so MERLE, you won't be disappointed. I don't think country gets better than this.

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Original country. Merle haggard was kinda cute when he was young

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Dang, this is some good ass country music. Makes me want to take a shot of whiskey and punch someone in the face cause I can't give up my rough and rowdy ways.

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I'm not a huge fan of old country but this has some quality tracks.

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Great songs. Four chords and the truth!

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I dig this!

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A lot more fun than I expected! I started listening to some of his other stuff, Love Affair With Trains is such a vibe

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Pretty good country. I like the voice.

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Die goede old school country hype. love it. geeft me zin om the ranch opnieuw te kijken. Stardew valley hype

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Really good timeless stuff.

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This style of country is always such a vibe, and few vibe with it better than Merle.

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Outlaw country is my jam. Really liked this one

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The old country lives

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8/10. Some enjoyable old fashioned country music. I liked that that the songs never really dragged on too much, and thought this was a good length overall.

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7/10 pretty good country songs with a nice vocal performance. the first song and the last song were easily the best, and unfortunately nothing else lived up

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Somone who knows their genre and excels in it.

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Gloriously simple old country.

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I quite enjoyed this. Hadn’t heard it before, but was what I expected from a Merle Haggard album, in a good way. Am not averse to a bit of country, but I tend to err on the Johnny Cash / rockabilly side, generally. Some great country titles and lyrics here though, and I particularly enjoyed Drink Up and Be Somebody.

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Mon péché cute

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gott stuff

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Aquele episódio do Bob Esponja q a Sandy fica cantando que quer voltar pro Texas 3,5

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Bless you, Merle. This record is... *Scott Hall high pitch inflection* TOO SWEEEEEEEET! Merle's vocals are like marmalade.

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MERLE!

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Old timey country in the best of ways. 4.5

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Really enjoyed this, surprisingly so considering I know nothing about traditional country music. Will explore more!

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Yes.

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3

Not bad. Better than I was expecting for a country record!

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Not really for me, but I can appreciate the artistry.

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Great voice. Liked this more than expected.

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good 'ol country

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probably good c&w, but not my cuppa

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Pleasantly surprised by this album. Not the biggest fan of Merle and his politics, but this was a nice collection of outlaw country songs

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Perfectly fine and enjoyable album, although "if you want to be my woman" may get ol Merle cancelled today

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I'm A Lonesome Fugitive is the seed of every cowboy country song. Yea this album is a solid encapsulation of the change of country from the blues to the outlaw.

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Merle klingt älter als er aufm Cover aussieht, aber vielleicht hat man damals mit 30 auch schon alles zigfach erlebt und ist ein alter weiser/weisser Mann mit Gitarre, dessen Geschichten sich ein bisserl anhören wie die Lebensberichte eines Rowdies wie Nelson Muntz, der zwar bekanntlich auch eine weiche Seite hat, aber noch bekanntlicher ein Vertreter vom schäbigen Gesocks , ein brutaler Vollasi und wirklich der letzte ist, dem ich über länger gern meine Aufmerksamkeit schenke. Weniger erstaunlich die Aufmerksamkeit, die solche Worte abverlangen: "My life will be a burden every day If I could die my pain might go away" Tiefgang den einen, schlimmer Kitsch den anderen. Ich wähle den Mittelweg und lasse mir von dem Ganoven angesäuselt ein paar Sympathiepunkte aus den Rippen leiern, um genau zu sein genau: 3.0

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A more country Johnny Cash. Rather than being an imitation, Merle Haggard sang from experience, having been serving a 15 year sentence in San Quentin when Cash played there. Haggard may be the more authentic jailbird, but somehow his songs sound less so and lack some of the Cash grit, poetry, emotion, and magic. Maybe it's unfair to consider this through the prism of Johnny Cash, but it's impossible not to. 3/5.

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Low-key it was p good. I actually liked the sound of it, and the lyrics made it better for me than modern country. I liked I'm a Lonesome Fugitive, Life in Prison, and If You Want to be my Woman

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When singing about being a criminal felt kinda wholesome. It was good but didn’t totally grab me

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100 % wat ik van country zou verwachten. Eens plezant om naar te luisteren, maar niet snel voor herhaling vatbaar

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De cover toont al meteen wat voor soort album het wordt. Zeker niet slecht, maar ook geen echte uitschieters.

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Another country album, ok not life changing

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It's actually pretty good even though I don't like country.

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Old country is cool!

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One of the many things I love about this 1001 Albums project is the inclusion of the Wikipedia article about each album. Through this album's entry, I learned about Merle Haggard's prison time and its effect on him and his music. I happen to LOVE knowing the stories behind the art. Always adds such richness and depth to the experience for me. Regarding this album, although I only very rarely listen to country, I enjoyed this album. Great songwriting, singing, and playing. Nice one.

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Pleasant album. I feel like I'm starting to enjoy country a bit more than I used to. This could be dangerous.

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I liked the dark lyrics and it rollicking by in just half an hour. Outlaw country baby.

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It's proper country. Too country for me, probably.

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Only listened to a few songs. I don’t hate this. If I’m with friends who insist on listening to country, these classics are what I will ask them to play.

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I liked it. Did I like it more because I haven't listened to any classic country in such a long time. I don't remember hearing any of the songs before, but I am familiar with Haggard's voice and other music. On first listen, I liked "My Rough and Rowdy Ways" the most. This album is borderline 4 stars, I MIGHT listen to this album again.

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innocuous country and western with a gentle tone that belies the criminal themes covered.

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Boring

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It's a country album. Not any more, not any less. Pure oldie-country. I'm not the biggest fan, but that's only because I don't like those kinds of songs. Favorite track: Drink Up and Be Somebody

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60's Country

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Short and sweet country album but no songs are really outstanding

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Good country album, and not a bad album generally speaking, but it fails to have an identity unique to itself when compared to Cash.

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3

Country...

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Better than I thought. A good voice and standard country songs but all done pretty well

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Good ol country album. Lots of cool slide guitar. Classic country story telling. Not exactly my thing, but not bad either.

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Esto, por ejemplo, suena viejo, pero no avejentado. No sabría explicarlo mejor. De todas formas, también creo que hemos escuchado varios discos similares y, con todo, lo disfruté. Muy gringa la onda, no me hace pensar más que en todo lo que se ha construido como gringo rural, el "viejo oeste", etc. Me gustaron "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive", "Someone Told My Story" y "Skid Row". 7/10

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I enjoy.

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I'm not a big country fan, but I appreciate this old-time, authentic country music so much more than today's popular trash. 3 stars.

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Ik 🤝 cowboy albums

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Country. Está bien. Un 3

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The oh so young Merle Haggard aged so very well. A young guy telling these stories is interesting. An old guy, damn becomes credible.

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classic country

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Good music

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Classic Outlaw Country

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good ol' country

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It's easy to predict what would this album offer. Just by looking at the simple cover of him hanging on a train can infer that this album will be another one of those country stuff. And my prediction of this being an acoustic country jam album which has nothing special in it is true. But far from the simple songwriting and the overall generic sound, his voice is pretty good. Apparently a bunch of songs written by a woman Haggard didn't even know (probably "The Strangers" in the name "Merle Haggard and the Strangers"), these are songs about being a fugitive, it conjures images of wild west thingy in my mind. Fast paced and action packed. But that's not the case with this album, it's so casual it seems to be sentimental. Perhaps that's why a handful of people wondered if Haggard himself had a little prison history or experience. Overall, not really a bad one, but not a remarkably good one that is worth checking out either.

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This feels like a purer country artist than Cash, which is what inspired him to make music. Unsurprisingly, this sound doesn't strike me very positively, but I would not say it was the worst either. Just middle of the road.

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Сначала подумал что круто, потом подумал, когда заиграет следующая песня? Оказывается, они все одинаковые.

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Country, sin más.

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Country animado. Ni fu ni fa.

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sounds a like an alright classic country album

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Having read about Merle’s life, I found the songs about prison poignant and beautiful. Beyond that it’s a neat little country album, predictable in its subject matter and style. Surprisingly good even if you don’t like country and Merle’s voice sounds great.

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I expected to hate this record and ... I was not entirely wrong. This whole sad-sack, outlaw-country crooner schtick is exceptionally cheesy and comes off disingenuous. That said, I can't deny the musicianship and high production values. But I just hate the way Merle slides into every damn note like the last-chair trombone player in a middle school band. I mean, just hit the note, my man.

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3.5

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Music is simple but refined, and Merle’s voice is so calming. This is right where big country music began.

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I was very pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this album! If I'm going to listen to country, this "cowboy" folky style is definitely what I prefer and I was almost sad when it was over so quickly. Not something I would seek out for daily listening but I definitely enjoyed it and would listen to Merle Haggard again when I'm in the mood for this type of music

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guitarrinha maneira

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I am not sad or drunk enough for this one to really hit. But I do think it's a pretty decent album honestly.

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Vinyl VMP

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Fínt country frá þeim sjöunda, stjörnugjöf eftir því. Mér fannst síðasta lagið skemmtilegast.

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Not the biggest country fan in the world, but I'm enjoying this so far. The title track was really good. Afterwards, it's a bit standard country in a somewhat forgettable way, but it's decent. I like his voice and it's definitely at least good country music.

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Okay, so, this was better than I thought it would be. Still not something I would listen to on my own, but it made me want to head out on a road trip down south.

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Nothing offensive about this. Would likely not listed to again though.

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Older country, not offensive, but not my fav.

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Pretty good outlaw country singing with some great playing generally a little too tame for my very specific country tastes. 3 🌟

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OG outlaw country. Not as refined as Willie, but it has a rough and rowdy charm.

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I dig it

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not my thing

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Still not really into country, but better than the new stuff.

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Well, I've already stated my appreciation (or lack thereof) with this era of country music (with notable exceptions). Merle Haggard falls into the "lack" bucket, although not sinking quite as far as others (I'm looking at *you*, Elvis). 2 stars for this album.

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Stereotypical twangy country trash

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If this list has proved anything it's that I am not a country boy and that upsets me untold amounts.

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Every song sounds like it would be used for comedic value in a John Hughes movie as something horrible or uncomfortable is happening. I didn't hate it, and I'd be cool with a single song being on a playlist as a total palate cleanser. But, I'd never listen to this on my own.

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Very Fallout New Vegas. But I can't listen to it for too long.

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Had touch of the Louven Brothers about it but I doubt this guy has killed anyone. Weak sauce.

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Eh, this kind of just glazed over me. I’ve heard other Merle tunes that I liked but not much stood out to me here. Also, I’m tired and not in a honkytonk bar.

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En god del 'yeeeeehaaw'! Og en del :cryemoji:. Mest fan av yeeeeeehaaaw!

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The strolling bass, the weepy lap steel, the high 'n' lonesome harmony vocals - it all feels like something that had to be dusted off, no? Also, Haggard is fine at the 'cryin' into your beer' tracks, but flatness of affect is evident elsewhere. He sings 'I'm an outlaw' with the same gusto that you might sing 'I'm a chartered accountant'. Still, I did like 'If You Want To Be My Woman', it reminded me of the Sesame Street theme

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Lief zweimal so durch, ohne dass bei mir irgendwas groß hängengeblieben wäre. Outlaw-Country, dabei aber auch lieblich. Nette Musik in meinen Ohren, aber auch total egal.

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the only place I would be exposed to music like this in the UK is in a Frankie & Bennies.

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I'm guessing it'll be a 2, but we'll see if it picks up. I think this is the twangy 80's radio Country that I used to didn't like. Since I've grown fond of some Johnny Cash, maybe I'll have a softer spot for it than I expect.

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Country clasiquísimo, de vaqueros en praderas y botas sobre la mesa. Curioso.

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Hard to hate but hard to like - I don’t mind the genre but nothing stuck here and will never go back

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Meh.

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Ok

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Typical sad 60's Country.

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Forgettable; didn't hate it but didn't love it I guess

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don't love it.

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A bit too country…

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A proper outlaw performing outlaw country. You know what country sounds like. This is no different, in fact most of the tracks don't sound any different to each other. Best Tracks: I'm a Lonesome Fugitive, House of Memories, Drink Up and Be Somebody

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This album is depressing. I want to shot myself in the hearing holes. Twaaang all the way.

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Not really my thing, tbh. Not a 1, as was obviously musical, but just not something I'd listen to lots. Fav new track: I'm A Lonesome Fugitive

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Lyrically/narratively interesting, foot tapping, but not my favourite vocal sound or music style. Some good twangy guitar tones. Good old fashioned concise songs under 3 minutes.

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I just can't do it. I am so sorry. I've tried so many times in my life to give country a try, but I just can't do it. I truly do not enjoy it. Honestly, I can tell this is really what classic country sounds like, and I'm sure a country fan would love the album, but it's not for me. I listened to the first two songs in full, then skimmed through the rest and every song sounded exactly the same except Mary's Mine and Skid Row switched up the pace a little bit with how they sounded.

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Charming and quaint. Leagues better than modern country music imo. I enjoy the old twangy smooth slide guitar sound. I personally wouldn't choose to listen to this but i appreciate its charm.

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First Listen. I don't know any of the songs. It is a really old style of country music. For me, it was hard to get into in 2021 for the first listen. 2/5

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Wel okay, niet echt nummers die er op het eerste gezicht uitspringen

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Classic country that's not horrible but definitely not my thing at all though I understand the appeal if you're from this part of the world. 5/10.

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2... ?

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Clean cut country just before the alt.country started to surface. Decent songs: heartbreak, booze and prison. It's all there. I find it hard to listen to most country albums from start to finish, Johnny Cash notwithstanding. I made it to the end with Merle. Might revisit.

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All Cowboys Are Boring (sauf Dolly Parton)

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Point fort, la durée de 30 min.

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Eehhhh the songs aren’t bad, but just very much not my type of music. I think in certain settings the honky-Toni sound is really nice, but for just listening on my own it’s not my cup of tea. 4/10

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Poor Merle sounds a little...... haggard. Dunno what he was so heartbroken about, he'd just married Buck Owens' ex-wife! Generatorland is a small world indeed.

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The A to B of country and western.

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Pleasant enough "Country Bears" music.

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It was fine

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Haggard's working class outlaw country in I'm a Lonesome Fugitive has some interesting moments, but as a non-american that normally don't listen to country music, it's impossible not to compare his music with that of Johnny Cash and the comparison is not good for Haggard.

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Not TERRIBLE country, but also not GOOD country, if that exists.

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Not for me - but seems like good 60s country

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If you're not clinically depressed but want to be, I highly recommend listening to this album. If you are clinically depressed then, for the love of God, please avoid. I'm somewhat amazed that albums containing swear words merit a Parental Advisory warning yet this album - which clearly advocates suicide as the only remedy for human suffering - is remarkably uncensored.

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Really not my style. Just not the music I enjoy and seems very narcissistic and annoying, but obviously a product of the times. Still, do not want.

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Not bad but just didn't stand out to me at all

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Not for me. A bit too crooner-y.

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Bit too twangy/country for my tastes, but some catchy tunes there.

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I want to see 60s fall down my rankings less than anybody, but here we are.

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While still miles better than today's country offerings, this one falls a bit flat for me just based on preference. Much more in the Johnny Cash-style uptempo lawless classic country camp, as opposed to the slower, slide-guitar and chorus-driven love ballads found here.

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No

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Too country, not my thing.

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Listened to part of the first song, wasn't for me.

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Country de la vieja escuela... Puahh

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Slow paced shite

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Reminds me of my parents. That's the only good thing about it. The simplicity bugs me - if I could listen to 4 bars then play along with the whole song, I don't like it.

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Words don't really explain how much this album sucks. Nobody in their right mind should put this on a list of 1001 albums to listen to before you die. A complete waste of time.

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Boa, das kann sich doch kein Schwanz anhören. Country ist schwer abartig.

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Not my thang at all. Honky tonk music

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Not my cup of gruel.

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Ye ugh country

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when i listen to this it sounds bad to me?

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Not for me. It’s like listening the same boring song 20 times.

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Not my kind

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This is the exact kind of country that I hated before listening to this playlist. Nothing's changed so far. "I feel so saaaaaaaaaaddddd that <pause> you left meeeeeee, <pause> I'll drive a waaaaaaaaaaayy, in <pause> my truck" /s

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Country just isn't for me I think.

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self-pity is a steel guitar

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🤮🤮🤮

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Absolutely hate this twangy shit.

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no

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I like a lot of old country - Marty Robbins, Jimmy Dean, etc. I even like some "hurtin' country" - Patsy Cline, etc. So I was excited for some country, but...this album fucking sucks. It's very hard to pick out the worst of the bunch, but what the fuck are the songs "If You Want to Be My Woman" and "Mary's Mine"? It makes me appreciate someone like Johnny Cash, because some of his songs are adjacent to songs on this album but somehow manage to be actually good. The only good thing about this album is that most of the songs are over mercifully quickly (almost all are <3 minutes). If I had to be generous, I would say the first song, "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive", was a song that I thought was okay. It does not save this album from getting a "1".

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Good old classic country. Nice in small doses.

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Can't do it... Long winded cheesy soft country from the 60s

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