10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a classic country voice that often recalls Waylon Jennings and downtrodden lyrics that give Townes Van Zandt a run for most miserable, Sturgill Simpson is emerging as a major talent in a country music field far too jammed with singers who’d rather be leading ‘80s pop-metal bands. Produced by his trusted collaborator Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell) and recorded live to tape at Nashville’s LCS studio over four days in late 2013, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music is a potential candidate for ‘Country Album of the Year.’ Simpson’s touring band brings the songs to lean, mean life, while Simpson’s lyrics ride the existential edge. “Living The Dream” proclaims “I’ve been going through the motions / It’s a means to an end but the ends don’t seem to meet,” before mirroring Van Zandt’s realization that he’s got nothing to do but “sit around and wait to die.” Not that Simpson is without humor. He thanks the woman who haunted his memories in “Life of Sin.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a classic country voice that often recalls Waylon Jennings and downtrodden lyrics that give Townes Van Zandt a run for most miserable, Sturgill Simpson is emerging as a major talent in a country music field far too jammed with singers who’d rather be leading ‘80s pop-metal bands. Produced by his trusted collaborator Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell) and recorded live to tape at Nashville’s LCS studio over four days in late 2013, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music is a potential candidate for ‘Country Album of the Year.’ Simpson’s touring band brings the songs to lean, mean life, while Simpson’s lyrics ride the existential edge. “Living The Dream” proclaims “I’ve been going through the motions / It’s a means to an end but the ends don’t seem to meet,” before mirroring Van Zandt’s realization that he’s got nothing to do but “sit around and wait to die.” Not that Simpson is without humor. He thanks the woman who haunted his memories in “Life of Sin.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
776 Ratings

776 Ratings

Teleguy68 ,

Like Medicine

Go listen to Brantley Gilberts new release. After you're done throwing up, listen to this. You'll feel much better.

2155Texas04 ,

**Country Music**

Sturgill gives me hope for country music.

YellowLamp ,

Old country music is back!!!

Sturgill is great and sings old outlaw country music that Hank, Waylon, and Merle all sang. He is what country music needs today. I am tired of all these faked country boy sellouts (Luke, Aldean, Shelton, and many more). So, if you like real country music please support Sturgill, because he what country should be.

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