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Guitar Town

Steve Earle

1986

Guitar Town

Album Summary

Guitar Town is the debut album from singer-songwriter Steve Earle, released on March 5, 1986. It topped the Billboard country album charts, and the title song reached #7 on the country singles charts. Earle was also nominated for two 1987 Grammy Awards, Best Male Country Vocalist and Best Country Song, for the title track.

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Rating

2.84

Votes

4690

Genres

  • Country
  • Folk
  • Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Good ol country rock shit. My type of vibe on a nice spring day with the wind in your hair. Prob good for a road trip or riding ur motorcycle to clear your head

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

Well after these 3 amazing records in a row I’m totally expecting Kid Rock next.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

Top-notch country rock, at turns tender and loud. Always sincere, with the icons of the genre at the fore.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

well, it certainly doesn't sound like anything i remember from 1985. i really like how out-of-time it is, in fact.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

If all country was like this, you could count me as a country fan.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
4

I was hoping for some Copperhead Road. But still enjoyed this immensely. Amazingly consistent all the way through, probably close to as good as it gets for newer country music (and this is from the '80's). Added bonus: the songs Spotify played after the album ended were mainly gems, including some Steve Earle (and yes, the first song played was Copperhead Road, so it was almost like it was on the album). Double Bonus: great live cover of Springsteen's "State Trooper". Went on a Steve Earle deep dive after this. Enjoy!

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

Maybe not more than the sum of its cliches, but Earle rides the peak of the Springsteenism wave with such warmth and range that the sum is pretty decent on its own.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

Love Steve, sad about JT still

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

better than I thought, never heard of him before - he is country, but not pop nor is it willie nelson - I was pleasantly surprised

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Sun Jun 06 2021
5

Distinctive af

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

Right on the cusp of alt-folk and alt-country. Love it.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

LOVE Steve Earle

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Fri May 28 2021
5

A god damn classic. "I got a 2-pack habit and a motel tan" is one of the greatest lines in a song.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

I’ve always liked Steve Earle, although haven’t listened to a lot of his music. Time to remedy that a bit… I’ve always been a big fan of truckin’ songs. “Guitar Town” is a really fine specimen of this genre. Steel belts, truck stops, boots and motels? All to a rockin’ country arrangement? Count me in! We’re off to a great start. Clearly Steve Earle knows his hay around a good hook. “Goodbye’s All We Got Left” is such a great sounding song it makes me wish he was breaking up with me. Spoiler alert: at this point I hit add to add this album to my library. It’ll take a real surprising disaster to derail this. “Hillbilly Highway” is a simple but very compelling seemingly autobiographical song about a musician and the choices we make in life. just a straightforward great song. “Good Ol’ Boy (Gettin’ Tough)” has lyrics as compelling today as in 1986. We are seeing what 35 years of where exacerbating inequality in the land of plenty gets us. Maybe this song should have been a little angrier and more demanding back then... Loved “My Old Friend The Blues.” This song would have come in handy over the last few years. I’m sure it will again soon. “Someday” is another great song about not getting by in America. Again, a perfect sentiment in 1986 that sadly makes me wonder if we will ever progress… “Think It Over” is a sweet little breakup song that you can dance to. “Fearless Heart” is a really sweet love song with very clever lyrics and a great arrangement. Couldn’t ask for more… “Little Rock ‘n’ Roller” is a touching song. Full of those hopes and promises that likely will never quite come true. Sort of a country “Cats in the Cradle”. I’m fine with a little too much sap these days. “Down The Road” is that classic ‘keep on keeping on’ advice to those who can’t find love. A classic ending to a classic country album. What a great debut album! Definitely see why it’s on this list. Listened to it 3 times already and expect it to be in heavy rotation for a while.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

This is good songwriting, and not pandering BS. Music and hooks are catchy. Lyrics are hard hitting, but still are down to earth and relatable. Highlight tracks: 2, 3, 4, 6

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

Just a great album. Great vocals, lyrics and who doesn't love pedal steel guitar

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Sun Dec 05 2021
5

A great countryrock album. I had not listened to it for quite a couple of years. It is still perfect in every sense.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Guitar town Hillbilly highway Good old friend the blues

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

Love it. I'm not a huge C&W fan but great songwriting is great songwriting.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

Maybe it's because I hadn't had a country album after 70 albums on this site. Maybe it's because it's barely half an hour of music and I could start a new album. Maybe it's because it's genuinely good. Maybe - definitely - it's all three. Added.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
5

nice

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

Good ole boy country I can properly get behind. Sincerely written, masterfully played, limited references to his beer cans and maximum references to his highway chewing 8 cylinder and gheetar.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
5

As primeiras músicas do disco todas são boas de ouvir. Goog Ol' Boy é muito boa! My Old Friend também.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

Unfairly categorized as country, but this is straight Americana - equal parts folk, country, and rock & roll. One of the best albums of its kind, and Steve is one of the great songwriters of the American experience. Amazing songs. Great record.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

This is a stunning debut album.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

we do enjoy Steve Earle

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

Really good album

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Pretty solid country album! Obviously in love with the first track, and most of them are about on par for Steve. Some slower and less interesting songs, but a good time overall.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

I’d never listened to 80s country, but I liked this. I also liked the stuff that came on afterwards on Spotify.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

false

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Wasn't as familiar with this as the albums that followed, but liked it a lot. That dude lived hard.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Sad, real world

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

Just solid working class country

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

Scratches that exact type of country music I like. More rock than country but still a solid country twang

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Twangy. 0RS

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Good stuff. I knew Guitar Town but had not listened to the entire album before.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Good country music. I enjoyed it. First half was a bit better.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

I really liked this one. This is real country to me. My one criticism is I can barely hear the bass. Some songs you can’t hear it at all.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

4

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Loved it. Just what I needed.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

Wow surprising. I like the songs and his voice.... it gets a little too twangy at times, but this is solid from start to finish. Really enjoyed Fearless Heart.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

I'm a SE big fan but like his folkier stuff more. I'm guessing a brother like Steve will not have multiple offerings on the 1001 list so feel I better give my overall SE ranking to this one.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

I'm sure Steve Earle wishes that he had the same mop of hair today, that he had 35 years ago, when he recorded his breakthrough record. At the time, he was being compared to Dwight Yoakam,for having the crossover appeal to a mainstream pop and alternative market. Some radio DJs at the time referred to him as the “Redneck Springsteen”, and his blue collar rage holds a fair amount of water here. Cars, guitars, hillbilly fun, smoking a lot of cigarettes, breaking girls hearts and living in motels are the palate in Earle's world. The title track and Someday are my two favourite tracks on the record, but the rest of the songs are all fine. My biggest complaint is the production: his fine band, the Dukes, sound thin and too far in the background for me. Still this is as fine a country record as has been made since the 60's, and well worth a spin on the Victrola.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

This was very good. I wouldn't go out of my way to listen again, but it was really well done.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

Already knew this well. Not my very favourite of SE, but perhaps pips others to the list because of its greater significance. Nevertheless a really strong album.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Nice.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

4.5

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Really good country music. Nothing more, nothing less

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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

Solid alt country rock album. Not a huge fan of Earle's vocals, but it has the heart and intensity required for this kind of music.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

This is probably the first country album I've listened to that I actually enjoyed. I was dismissive of the first few seconds because I'm generally not a big fan of the southern twang vocals. But as the drums, lead guitar and background keyboards rolled in, I got hooked lined and sinkered and soon embraced the twang. It's by no means perfect or consistent, but it did capture my interest and brought a few bangers along the way.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Steve Earle is everything the critics think about Dwight Yoakam, only his voice is pleasant to listen to and he writes a hell of a lyric. Long live Waylon. Best track: Guitar Town

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

All I could think about during this was Wheeler Walker Jr. Pretty interesting to see where he got his whole fucking sound from. A lot less references to sucking dicks and tits. So I guess that's okay? Little Rock n' Roller got some emotion out of me. It's a solid album.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

You know, this is an album that grows on you as you listen to it over time, kind of like a comfortable pair of old jeans. I've heard it before a few times here and there, but enjoyed it more this time around. I also enjoyed the album more as the songs progressed. It's a classic sound of stripped down, rock-tinged country. The songs are warm and catchy with some really earnest and engaging songwriting. It's a sound that doesn't really get old, even 30-odd years after it came out. Fave Songs: Think It Over, Someday, Goodbye's All We've Got Left, Fearless Heart, Down the Road, Little Rock 'n' Roller, My Old Friend the Blues

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

I love this stuff unironically. 4

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Steve Earle's debut album and considered one of the first in the alt-country genre. I actually consider Earle's next few albums more alt-country. This one has more of a traditional country feel to it and even towards the dreaded pop-country. Each song tells a story with classic country themes: I'm down and out, a breakup song, not living up to expectations and living on the road. Two songs really stand out to me: "Guitar Town" with its great rhyming lyrics and twangy guitar and "Little Rock "N" Roller", a tear- jerker about calling up his son, Justin Townes Earle (RIP) while on the road just to talk and don't tell Mom. I can't say this is my favorite Steve Earle (that would come in a few albums) but there are some outstanding songs and overall, it is a good liste.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

Country

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Great country rock.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

I love Steve Earle. I don't love every song on this album but it's still a phenomenal debut.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

Very good

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Deeply cool, thogh there would be better records later, especially Transcendental Blues, as I recall. The production is tinny and a case can be made that SE over-sings (overtwangs?) on some cuts. Still, lots of lovely moments and authenticity to spare, which more than overcomes the '80s effect. This is an obvous template of more than half (and definitely the better half) of the Americana to come.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Really great stuff on here. I know a lot about his work with Lucinda Williams, so I expected greatness from the start, and greatness is what I got! Good stuff all around.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

3.5-4 stars - it was good, i enjoyed it more than I thought I would

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Fills the gap between Springsteen and Johnny Cash, which is a pleasant place to be. Musically and lyrically great, and really fun.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Really enjoyed this, upbeat easy listening. Country but not annoyingly so.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

I don't really listen to country all that much but I quite enjoyed this

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Thu Dec 01 2022
4

Quite surprised to know that this was Steve's debut album, for this feels and sounds as worn and lived out as many lives. A sign of things to come, as the saying goes. Short, sweet and solid. Favorites: Guitar Town, Goodbye's All We've Got Left, Hillbilly Highway, My Old Friend the Blues, Someday, Fearless Heart, Little Rock 'n' Roller.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

Not a huge country fan but this is the sort of thing I can tap my foot to for half an hour or so. It's kinda cruisy, rocks enough, doesn't overstay its welcome. I'd never heard Earle apart from Copperhead Road, this sounds about the same. 3/5.

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Tue Sep 29 2020
3

Not a country fan

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Classic 70's american rock. is okay.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Less dopey than much new country but not really my thing.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Should have called it “Git-tar Town.” Some of the vocal affectations drive me crazy, but that’s country. I liked the slower stuff... but not “Little Rock n Roller.” No no no.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Country/Americana Yeah!

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

I suppose a yee haw is in order. Pretty inoffensive country album

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

Nett

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Not bad fair play

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Generally enjoyable in an easy-to-listen-to-country way. Had high hopes after the opening track, 'Guitar Town', and enjoyed 'Someday', but generally pretty standard other than those, especially the end of the album. Overall, would be a 'bang average' 3/6 tents in the (superior) Roskilde scoring system.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

Copperhead road is not on this album.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Wel erg country, maar een fijne stem

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Country rock. You can almost see Whiskeytown and Ryan Adams in the distance. BT: Goodbye's All We've Got Left, Good Ol' Boy (Gettin' Tough), Someday

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Not my type of album but hell, here’s a 3. It helped me to discover “big cheeseburgers and good French fries” by blaze foley.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

Good solid Country album

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

This album had its charms but was a little too something (maybe kitschy?) for me.

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Wed May 05 2021
3

Good Country

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

Good example of "classic" country / country rock. Easy listening, but not super captivating.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Old style country, dece, but not super good

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Fri Jul 23 2021
3

Quite enjoyed this 3*

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Sat Jul 24 2021
3

I don’t much like country but listened through this. It was fine, I’m sure it has more meaning and significance to fans on the genre. Just sorta seems like generic country to me though.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
3

Kolejny albumik z gatunku tych countrowych. a jak polowa takich pickow na tej liscie, nagrywany nigdzie indziej, jak tylko w nashville, coraz bardziej utwierdzam sie w przekonnaniu, ze jest to jakiegos rodzaju mekka tego gatunku, przed pojawiniem sie go na liscie nie mialem stycznosci z nazwiskiem pana Earle, a po przesluchu jestem w stanie stwierdzic, ze z muzyka takze nie mialem do czynienia, albo przynajmniej nie mam uczucia deja vu sluchajac plyty, co do samego krazka to jest to debiutancki album pana steva, chociaz to nie byl jego poczatek kariery muzycznej, bo jak przystalo na country muzyka prowadzil ciezkie zycie w ktorym staral sie pogodzic nieglodowanie z graniem muzyki, co slychac na tym materiale, w ktorym mozna sie doszukac autobiograficznych watkow, jak porzucenie domu w mlodym wieku, zeby udac sie do mekki countrowej i tam szukac szczescia po barach dajac koncerty dla kazdego chcacego sluchac, taki zywot prowadzil przez 14 lat, po nagraniu guitar town, dobre okreslenie na nashville, jego kariera wystrzelila i do dzisiaj ma na swoim koncie 21 albumow studyjnych, wiec polaczenie klasycznego rocka i elementow country zrobilo komercyjny sukces, nie wiem w ktora strone poszla dalsza czesc jego dyskografii, ale mam nadzieje ze byl to honky town jak na tytulowym traku guitar town, ktory chyba nie tylko dla mnie, bo wedlug spotifaja jest to najbardziej sluchany trak tego artysty, zrobil najwieksze wrazenie, jego upbeatowosc i liryka walki o lepsze jutro w smutnym dzisiaj stanowi cos co najbardziej mnie urzeklo na tej plycie, wiec pierwsza czesc albumu idealnie wpisuje sie w ten koncept, druga natomiast jest bardziej tradycyjnie rokowa, pan Earle i jego gitarka jest wspierana przez bande zwana the dukes, ktora raczej stanowila wsparcie dla solowych tworcow, jak to czesto jest w muzyce rokowo countrowej, ciekawe jest takze ze jest to jeden z pierwszych albumow nagrywanych cyfrowo przy uzyciu mitsubishi X-800, wykorzystanie 32 tejpowego sprzetu dalo pole do popisu jesli chodzi o produkcje i overdubowanie, bo jest ono mocno wyczuwalne, 34 minuty nagrania jest podzielone na 10 kawalkow, ale wersja spotifajowa to ultra super deluksix na 30 lecie plyty, wiec zawiera takze nagranie koncertu chicago z roku 86, ktory jest dobrze nagranym livem, ktory dodatkowo pokazuje, ze banda potrafi grac, a nie tylko nagrywac przy pomocy overdubowania czego sie obawialem podczas odluchu pierwszego cdka, uspokojony tym faktem wrzucam na plejke good ol boya, no i oczywiscie tytulowy guitar town

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

A good album, I’m not a fan of live stuff though. Cheap Trick is good for their hits, but I don’t love much more than that.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

A good album that isn't exactly my thing, but I enjoyed it for what it was

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Sun Aug 01 2021
3

Decent country album but ultimately fails to leave an impression

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

Classic Americana. Springsteenesque. Not as good. But still enjoyable. 3/5

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Sun Aug 08 2021
3

A nice album with a cross between different musical styles. Very easy to listen to and be entertained.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

If I was a trucker in the 80s, I'd probably have played this

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

upbeat country, alright to bop along to but nothing particularly memorable about this.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

Good country. Some sad boy jammers. 3.5/5

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

I could only listen to this once, on the drive back from Ottawa, so there was white noise to deal with. "Hillbilly highway" had to compete with Highway 401. Nice twang and not over-produced. Lyrics about hard-times. My co-judge says there's not much to differentiate the songs.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

I get the appeal, but not for me

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

C’est bon mais j’ai eu beaucoup d’albums de ce style dans les dernieres emeaines et celui ci n’est pas plus marquants que les autres.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Better then expected

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

Too country for me but better than most country

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

I was not familiar with this before. I enjoy "Guitar Town." I did not like "Little Rock 'n' Roller." I liked the old school country sound of "Think it Over." What I hear is an 80s country album. I don't know enough about the genre to know what might be special or innovative about this particular album. I don't know what makes it stand out, although I know that sometimes it was the first to sound this way.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
3

As a general rule, I like Steve Earle. I've heard a few songs here and there since the mid-90s and I've heard some performances for radio stations in his the more recent portion of his career, but I've never heard a full album. "Girls & Boys" was the track I liked the most from this listen. It had a good driving rhythm to it. Overall, the album was good, but I'm not sure if I will remember this album long enough to want to come back to it. I'd be happy to listen to more Steve Earle though, in general.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
3

Liked this more than I thought I would.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

Hayride Springsteen. The precursor-to-Stadium-Big-Hat-Country production occludes the songs a bit.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

Rock solid country music. I liked it. Maybe I'm being changed by mere exposure to country. I should probably go back and see what I think of Willie Nelson, now.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

Good old country

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

OK. Expected more.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Not too shabby old boy, started breaking down into a lot of country, so 3 stars, because I ain’t about that.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

I've heard of Steve Earle thanks to Lyle Lovett's excellent cover of Earle's song 'Lungs,' but didn't really know Steve Earle's music beyond that. This album is a lot more country-style than the music I usually listen to or tend be drawn to, but I like it. I find the songs to be well-written and performed nicely, too. Kind of music that reminds me of road trips, or playing pool at a bar. Romanticizing this all in my mind, I know, but that's what music often does. I'll take it.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Dope and dumb

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

i do not have thoughts ever

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Yep that's honky-tonk alright.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
3

Know the name, but never knew a single lick of his music. It’s definitely country. But not as dull as I was expecting. There are some major pop elements throughout that make it more listenable than run of the mill guitar and twang country. Steve’s alright with me.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

Guitar town - not my style Goodbye's All We've Got Left - pretty good. I liked it when the piano came on. Hillbilly Highway- really catchy! liked it a lot. Good Ol' Boy - little repetitive, but fun to listen to, i'm in the mood for some traditionnal country My Old Friend the Blues - oof... good song Somedays - most eighties poppy song in here, so not my fave. but not that bad either Think it over - waaay too traditionnal and repetitive Fearless heart - mmmmmeh Little rock n' roller - too cheesy for me Down the road - funky still better than bad by michael jackson, so

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

Voor mijn gevoel typische moderne amerikaanse country-muziek, met zo'n pop sausje er overheen. Klinkt wel lekker eigenlijk. Mijn favoriet is "Good Ol' Boy". ***

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

Never been a fan of C&W, just can’t get into the genre. There are tracks on this album that are more listenable than other and the album does tell a story of 80’s America and the struggles that parts of the country encountered.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Country. Normal.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Country. Ni fu ni fa.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

Spooky in hindsight. An ok debut.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

This is weird music. It is like Bruce Springsteen, but more 80s and new wave but also more country. This album really confused me.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
3

Seems well produced, not my thing though

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

why is this on the list

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Little too country for my liking but still enjoyable

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

Just a nice country boy singing his nice songs. Inoffensive

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

File under : Albums I’ll keep in my jukebox in the scenario I play in my head sometimes where work goes sideways and I move far up north or down south and open up a bar where someone is always in the corner playing darts

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

Not usually my cup of tea but jangly enough to keep me entertained. Had to go and listen to Copperhead Road as well for good measure after realising it wasn’t on this album.

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Fri May 13 2022
3

I liked several tracks but I really preferred his newer material

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Honky tonkin guitar from the 80s. if thats your vibe then boy howdy do we have an album for you. Its well produced, and Steve's voice has a charm, I just dont like this hyper prodcued country sound.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

todays album was very interesting to me. Every song on it felt familiar but at the same time it felt like he shouldn't be the one singing it. BUt it was not a cover. so weird

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Sun May 22 2022
3

Pretty good debut. There were some great tracks but also some very dated tracks that firmly place this record in the 80s with the over use of echo. There’s nothing wrong with that per se, but with a genre like country, you expect more of a timeless quality to it. I really like Steve Earle and this album clearly shows his songwriting prowess.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

"Guitar Town" is Steve Earle's first album after years racked up as a session musician and songwriter. He broke out here with commercial success and multiple singles hitting the country charts. My dad, ever keen to present me with easy-going soft rock with shades of country, gifted me this a few years back as a random selection from the book. I dismissed a bit as lightweight and am only just coming back to it now. I was wrong, Dad. Well, a little bit. The opening track "Guitar Town" gives a good idea of what to expect: super polished, pristinely produced guitar country. There are walls of shimmering acoustic guitar and a clean twangy lead with plenty of tremolo. Drums are stompy, handclaps punctuate the choruses, swells of organ fill in the gaps. The lyrics are unrelentingly cliched and "been-there-done-that" to the point they don't even register, but feel like well worn shoes to dance in. The poor lyrics aren't too much of a problem: the hooks come from the guitar and Earle's unfussy vocals (often with some lovely harmonies, as in "Goodbye's All We've Got Left"). The best songs here are "Guitar Town", "Someday" and "Fearless Heart" (with a cracking chiming guitar solo). Elsewhere there's country blues ("Hillbilly Highway", "Think It Over") slightly dodgy attempts at harder rock ("Good Ol' Boy") and tepid ballads which bring the pace grinding to a halt ("My Old Friend The Blues", "Little Rock 'N' Roller"). Instrumentally, it's very accomplished: not particularly spontaneous or rough around the edges, but it serves the songs well. In 1986, "Guitar Town" must have been completely out of step with the prevailing popular styles of the day, regardless of what was happening in country. Hearing it now has made me appreciate Steve Earle a lot more, but it still isn't really my cup of tea. I'll keep waiting for Travelling Wilburys to come along for this formula to truly click.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

Hmmm, it's sub-Springsteen Americana, a bit samey. Hah, I was going to pick "State Trooper" as my fave track, but it turns out that A) it's a bonus track and B) it's a Springsteen cover! Fave track - "Good Ol' Boy (Gettin' Tough)", maybe, or "Someday"...

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

i’m always down for some nashville country, but this album didnt really speak to me. it was fine?

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

A bit bland I really don’t have good or bad things to say about it

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Mon Jun 20 2022
3

Country. Ni fu ni fa.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

OK but not my favorite of his. A little too much country twang and not enough rootsy Americana.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

Aight

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

-Ok enough country rock -Not actively unpleasant -That's about all I got

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Sun Jul 31 2022
3

A slightly more guitar ‘rock’ side of country or Americana resembling Ryan Adams at times. Ok.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
3

Steve Earle tentera tout l'album de se dépatouiller de ce style country tant décrié, sans jamais complétement réussir à s'en extraire.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
3

Malgré une réelle volonté de se débarrasser de ses influences country sur cet album, notre ami Steve Earl ne réussira que partiellement son entreprise et se trouvera bien bête au moment de terminer son projet sur un morceau à la gloire du rodéo et du port d'armes. Bien essayé, toutefois.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

I was excited to hear a country/singer-songwriter album, but this didnt do much for me.. it was fine, but I couldnt hear what made it "1001" worthy, if that makes sense...

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

For its genre, its pretty strong

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Sun Sep 11 2022
3

Great lyrics, but this twangy cowpoke era of his music is not something I'd revisit often. Yeehaw. That little rocker track is even more poignant now since his son's recent passing. Jesus.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Some good time country songs but the 80’s digital country tones just aren’t the same as the old timey stuff twangy guitars are happening but they sound so thin and lame compared to George Jones records Little rock n roller is a truly horrible song. Sounds like something we would have to play at a wedding Really not digging the twinkly 80’s piano on hillbilly highway Any album with pedal steel is gonna get a decent rating at least. But man everything sounds so bright and digital. I miss the warmth of old 60s country. Surprised but I actually kinda like the synths sounding guitar on fearless heart Really like the last track. Singing is great, mandolin is great

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

I love Steve Earle, but I prefer his rock side versus this album which is more pure country/twang kind of stuff. It's still good, but I think when he started blending elements of rock and country and folk and bluegrass he really hit his stride. 3 stars.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Country

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Very standard 80s/early 90s solo country male sound. I enjoy this kind of music in pieces, the entire album itself got to be a bit much. But I do like the songwriting.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

I'm not one for country music but I didn't mind this album. The upbeat songs were fun and while I didn't enjoy the "sad" songs, at least the twang and cheesiness weren't too overwhelming

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Country suave a bordo de una guitarra. Buena voz. Para muy amantes del género

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Not a big country fan, but I enjoyed it for the most part.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Fun 80s country rock, but forgettable.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

Not really in to country music but not bad.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

Eipä kovin järisytelly, yks biisi oli hyvä

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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

Vastaavia on 13 tusinassa...

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Still not into country music

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Mon Feb 08 2021
2

I tried. It was fine.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

I could've sworn that I'd listened to this before and liked it. Not my cuppa tea, but it did feel very much like something Josh and Howard would like.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

ok, i guess. springsteen with a pick up truck

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Mon May 10 2021
2

Not bad for country

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Wed Feb 24 2021
2

Not bad. Just not for me.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
2

80s country rock

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

Steve Earle, this album cover and it's name look like a fake album from a movie hahah. || I was hopeful for an interesting country album, I've been looking for more Country music to enjoy that isn't god-awful stadium country. Unfortunately this looks to be an 80's precursor that style...

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

This guy really wanted to write an old fashioned country album, and I think there’s a bit too much of the late 80s in there for me... not a bad album by any means, but just not great Favorite Tracks: “Guitar Town” and “Hillbilly Highway”

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Sun Feb 07 2021
2

Hope that I continue not enjoying music like this.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

more middle of the road than a central reservation.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
2

Off the bat, sounds like Springsteen. Meh...

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Fri Apr 30 2021
2

Kraak noch smaak.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
2

Vast heel goed in zijn soort, maar ik heb er niet veel mee.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
2

Net als bij Emmylou iets teveel pure country naar mijn smaak. Na een paar nummers uitgezet.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

Gash

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

Country

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

I can see why this was influential but no.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
2

Sounds like generic country music to me. Every time I sample a high point of this genre, I wonder what the low points must sound like... because this just sounds exactly how I expect the genre to sound in my head. I've listened to another of his albums in the past, and that made no impression either. 2.5... I don't feel equipped to judge country, so "it's not you, it's me".

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

Thank u, next

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Tue May 04 2021
2

eher fad

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Sun Jul 18 2021
2

Nah, not having it. Was looking forward to Steve Earle. Saw a bit of it kicking around in my old boys collection. Country though isn’t it. Absolute tosh. Track 4 and it was off. Nothing special and nothing that was going to make me change my mind about how SHIT this kind of ‘good ol’ boy’ music it is.

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Tue May 18 2021
2

This country album is an album that reminded me of all the jokes people make about country being basic chords backing tracks primarily about trucks and your dog and drinking and the good ol' days. Those genre stereotypes are definitely because of albums like this. And while I enjoyed some of the B3 piano on the album, I was quickly reminded why I was never into the traditional country that this falls into; it mainly just bores me.

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Tue May 11 2021
2

Though I'm not a fan of country, there are some nicely subdued tracks on this that make it a decent album.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
2

Guitar not interesting 2.5/5

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Fri May 14 2021
2

KKona

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Tue Jun 08 2021
2

I wasn't very in to it, but fans of country could enjoy this somewhat.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
2

Nekakav western-country album koji nije loš uopće, ali jednostavno je sasvim okej. Ništa posebno.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
2

Country?

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

pretty boring

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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

I feel like this is what uneducated people think Bruce Springsteen is, just an American bloke with a guitar singing about big trucks and shit. It was all a bit hollow. HOWEVER, the only good track was the live cover of State Trooper which is a Springsteen song.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

Most of this was...fine? I guess? (shrug emoji) I like the guitar playing and the instrumentation but mostly this leaves me cold and wanting to listen to a country album that I like. I liked Hillbilly Highway. Good 'Ol Boy is ok, though I don't really get why someone from Iran partially owns his truck and it reminds me a little of the song Gettin' Bi from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I do really appreciate the line, "I was born in the land of plenty, now there ain't enough." And I don't know that I like the song all that much but I sure feel the sentiments in My Old Friend the Blues.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
2

SO TWANGY

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Mon Oct 11 2021
2

Listened to this after pulling an all nighter for a hackathon. God it didn't help keep me awake on the way home

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Wed Oct 20 2021
2

Guitar Town came out in 1986, one of the worst years for music ever, and it doesn't outright suck. That's some kind of accomplishment, right there. First off, the sound of the album is pleasing. There's a nice balance between guitar, keyboards, singing and drums, which is down to producers Emory Gordy, Jr., and Tony Brown. Yes, the backbeat on the drums is overly literal, but I'd be shocked to find an 80s mainstream album that didn't have that. The songs and musicianship are pleasant enough. Oh, another thing: the keyboards are period-specific, but they don't make me want to puke. And yet, I've got to ask, why is this album on any kind of list? It's bog-standard mainstream country from start to finish. Nothing musically interesting about it. And Steve Earle doesn't have anything new to say lyrically. Still, you could do a lot worse. If this came on in a barbecue restaurant, it wouldn't make me want to take my ribs to go. One last note: The most assertive, appealing songs are frontloaded, so the album steadily gets weaker as it goes along.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
2

I really don’t like country, holy shit this album was difficult for me. I’ll give it a 3/10, the only part of the album I liked was in Fearless Heart at around 1:45 and 3:18, it was a pretty nice 80’s style hook that I appreciated the rest of the album was lackin tho

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Thu Nov 25 2021
2

Didn’t speak to me. Feels like the precursor to late eighties/early nineties pop country.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
2

country rock 80s no doubt churned through the KXRK channels

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Wed Dec 22 2021
2

Not bad, but too twangy for my tastes. And if you've heard one song from this album, then you've heard them all.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
2

Guitar Town by Steve Earle (1986) This album was probably appealing in 1986 because it was one of the first digitally recorded country albums. And indeed it does have the clarity and sonic space of a digital recording. Also, it was likely embraced by younger country/western fans, who could appreciate its innovative rock flavorings. But musically, it doesn’t offer much, and the lyrics are sub par. Singer/songwriter Steve Earle has a competent backing band, but there’s inadequate genius at the artistic center. The closing track “Down the Road” stands out, but the a cappella solo passages are too brief, and they could have used at least one other voice in harmonic backing. Disappointing. For an album titled Guitar Town, there is precious little guitar virtuosity here, basically just strumming and plain, simple riffs. And Earle’s vocals are overly affected, with a sassy twang yet insufficient range, especially on the low end, in the ill-chosen (but easy to play) key signatures. There’s lots of mumbling toward the ends of phrases, as if Earle doesn’t take his own thoughts seriously. So why should the listener? Underwhelming. 2/5

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Wed Feb 09 2022
2

Oooh that’s county alright. And I really don’t like country. I feel like there’s a possibility that this is a seminal album that might have set the mould for things to come. Don’t really care though, as it’s such a shitty mould. I did however, find my thumbs being inexorably drawn to the belt loops of my blue Levi jeans, so there maybe something powerful in this boring dross.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
2

Generic country with repetitive music. I kept waiting for the sound that worked explain why this was a 1001 selection but I never heard it.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
2

County isn't my thing - could not get away with it - nice guitar sound

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