New Music: Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell’s new CD, Sex and Gasoline, was released last week. I’ve been listening to it for two or three weeks now, and I’m still not sure I’ve fully formed my opinion on the album. In fact, I’ve started to make this post a couple of times now with my review. I just haven’t really known where to go with it.

Friday night, however, I got an email from one of my listeners at WDVX asking my thoughts on the record. I had to tell her that I wasn’t really sure where I stand on the album as a whole… and I think that’s ok.

The fact is that there are songs on here that I really like… I like most of them actually. It’s just that the album as a whole feels a little slow. The title track starts things off nicely with an up-tempo indictment against those who judge women based solely on their youth and beauty. After that, the album slows to a crawl only revving up again for “I Want You #35.” It never really rocks again from that point on.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some solid songs outside the two I just mentioned. This is still Rodney Crowell. The man can write a song. It’s just that when all of these songs are stretched out end to end over 50-plus minutes, I start to lose interest. I need something more to hold me… at least on the first few listens. I’m sure I’ll look back on this album more favorably as time goes on, but for now, this one may have to be a grower.

Here is the title track plus another track called “The Rise and Fall of Intelligent Design.” Taken on its own, this is solid Rodney Crowell song. It’s topical and introspective with a catchy chorus… traits it shares with of some of my favorite Rodney Crowell songs. This song could take its place with some of those favorites someday, but I’d like to hear a little more fire over the course of the album.

Rodney Crowell: Sex and Gasoline (Buy Album)
Rodney Crowell: The Rise and Fall of Intelligent Design (Buy Album)

One Response to “New Music: Rodney Crowell”

  1. I sort of agree with you. I bought it the day it was released and have been listening to it a bunch. Sex and Gasoline and Closer to Heaven are great, but as a whole the album needs to pick up the pace a bit more. Still, it’s certainly a good record.

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