9 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Simpson’s searching, psychedelic Metamodern Sounds in Country Music put so much "alt" into its alt-country that it occasionally left the genre’s orbit completely. His third album—a welcome letter to his infant son—is even more kaleidoscopic, sliding between passionate Southern rock, hazy AM radio ballads, and Stax-style soul workouts with the ease of colored wax blobs floating around a lava lamp. And if “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)” or the starry-eyed “Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)” don’t convince you of the breadth of Simpson’s vision, listen to him turn Nirvana’s “In Bloom” into something beautiful enough to lull his baby to sleep.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Simpson’s searching, psychedelic Metamodern Sounds in Country Music put so much "alt" into its alt-country that it occasionally left the genre’s orbit completely. His third album—a welcome letter to his infant son—is even more kaleidoscopic, sliding between passionate Southern rock, hazy AM radio ballads, and Stax-style soul workouts with the ease of colored wax blobs floating around a lava lamp. And if “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)” or the starry-eyed “Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)” don’t convince you of the breadth of Simpson’s vision, listen to him turn Nirvana’s “In Bloom” into something beautiful enough to lull his baby to sleep.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
655 Ratings

655 Ratings

Canpeyoke ,

To the "disappointed"

If you want what everyone calls "outlaw country" then crank up those old records from that era! I love waylon willie and Merle more than anybody I know. but the truth y'all need to swallow is that those legends and their sounds are what they are because they made pure music with real substance that came from their personal influences. It's been 41 years since Red Headed Stranger. If a new artist try's to copy what they did its just a copy, not a creation! Sturgill is an original for our time. With his golden country voice, his unique lyrical style and his dam talented band, he's capable of and has the right to go where he wants with his creations. This album isn't all that "country" in my opinion but I'd give it ten stars if I could for its substance alone! So if you can sing better than sturgill and know a better steel guitar player than make a dam album for yourself, and listen to it! Otherwise keep your middle school criticism to yourself!!!! As the Hag would say, when your running down our sturgill haus your walking on the fighting side of me.

driskell1 ,

AMAZING.

Sturgill Simpson has completely changed my life. I have been a musician since I was four years old and I have never heard anything that moves me more than his music and his presence through his music! I am also a recording engineer and there is No one I have ever heard actually pull off such a brave task. The Task of going out and shaking the entire world with their joy and pain through sound waves!!!
GO STURGILL GO!! There are turtles all the way down brother!!!

Bad Violist ,

The long lost George Jones Nirvana cover

After reading the other reviews of Sturgill Simpson's cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom", I had to listen for myself and find out if it truly merited all the negativity. In a word: no. If the only reason you liked Nirvana was distorted guitar and screaming vocals, then you would be justified in disliking the Sturgill Simpson version. However, if you were amongst those who appreciated the more lyrical side of Cobain et al, you will find that Sturgill Simpson does it justice. His outlaw-country, genre-busting sensibilities are more than a match for the lyrical angst of In Bloom, and bring out more subtle aspects and potentialities of the song that you may not have noticed on Nevermind.

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