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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.
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.
Been looking forward to this
Dude your music is the s h i t
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.
Born: June 8, 1978 in Jackson, KY
Years Active: ’00s, ’10s
Formerly the leader of Sunday Valley, an energetic roots outfit that made some waves in the early years of the new millennium, Sturgill Simpson gained greater renown as a solo artist, initially thanks to his muscular 2013 solo debut High Top Mountain. An outlaw country record in form and feel — its debt to Waylon Jennings clear and unashamed — High Top Mountain became a word-of-mouth hit in 2013, thereby establishing Simpson’s country credentials and opening the door to a wider future. A native…