Kids in the Street

Kids in the Street

by Justin Townes EarleJustin Townes Earle

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Overview

First of all, let us congratulate Justin Townes Earle for being one of the first songwriters to celebrate the humble but reliable Toyota in song. Sure, the Cadillac may have a more noble musical legacy, but in "Champagne Corolla," on 2017's Kids in the Street, Earle is eager to explain why the car (and especially the woman driving it) is worth a second glance. Second, let's note that "Champagne Corolla" is one of the very best rockers Earle has offered to date; the singer/songwriter is traditionally more comfortable with a subtle attack in the studio, but here he opens the album with a stompin' exercise in New Orleans-influenced R&B, and it connects solidly. As it turns out, rockers are in the minority on Kids in the Street, but "Short Haired Woman" and "15-25" show he can cut the same sort of groove when he feels like it, and Paul Niehaus' guitar and Scott Seiver's drumming do wonders to make these songs move. On much of the rest of Kids in the Street, Earle is in more subdued form, with a lower volume and more careful tempi, but this material truly confirms that he just keeps growing and improving as a songwriter. "Same Old Stagolee" is a smart and absorbing rewrite of the old folk tale, the title track artfully balances nostalgia and regret, and "Faded Valentine" and "There Go a Fool" are marvelous sketches of love and lovers gone wrong, Earle's favorite theme. As a vocalist, Earle is short on histrionics but he knows how to make his lyrics communicate, and he sounds as good as ever on these sessions, carefully shaping these tales with smart, subtle phrasing. Kids in the Street doesn't sound or feel like a masterpiece, but it does suggest Earle was aiming higher than expected for this album, and he hit the target -- this is among his very best work to date.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/26/2017
Label: New West Records
UPC: 0607396638925
catalogNumber: 6389
Rank: 4951

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Justin Townes Earle   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Paul Niehaus   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Mike Mogis   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Hand Clapping,Bajo Sexto,Hi String,Guitar (Electric Baritone),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Scott Seiver   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
Corina Figueroa Escamilla   Vocals
Ben Brodin   Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet,Vibes,Pump Organ
Miwi La Lupa   Trumpet,Vocals
Max Stehr   Upright Bass
Megan Siebe   Cello
Andrew Janak   Clarinet,Saxophone
David Ozinga   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Mike Mogis   Producer,Engineer
Justin Townes Earle   Composer
Adam Roberts   Engineer
Jon Ochsner   Engineer

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