Friday, February 18, 2011

Terry Allen - Lubbock (On Everything)

More country for y'all since the other kuntry posts were hits (along with just about every other post of course). However, nearly 80 minutes long, this ain't your pawpaw's country album. Allen's songwriting and lyricism are unique to the genre. He channels a great deal of anger and witty cynicism into his lyrics while maintaining an artistic sophistication that honestly just isn't exactly typical of country music. Allen also pushes the genre's boundaries in regards to song structure. Many songs break the 5 minute mark, with one reaching 7:25, almost unheard of in a genre where a long ballad might be 4 minutes long. Other songs simply work as short vignettes, once again quite strange to a style where verse-chorus-verse-chorus is king. Lubbock (On Everything) is a lot to take in, but it's worth it.


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