Disappointing Albums Round-Up

By | April 20, 2019

I don’t usually post up the albums I don’t enjoy, but there’s been a whole run of bad albums by great artists, and it got me annoyed.

Steve Earle – Guy
Genre: Alternative Country
Rating: 4.5/10
Commentary: A collection of really great songs by Guy Clarke, covered really badly in the deadly-earnest old-tired-guy style which has characterized Steve Earle’s last several albums.
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Patty Griffin – Patty Griffin
Genre: Country/Folk
Rating: 5/10
Commentary: Perfectly forgettable.
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Townes van Zandt – Sky Blue
Genre: Alternative Country
Rating: 5.5/10
Commentary: Recorded just shortly before the magisterial Live at the Old Quarter, this album serves as another reminder that Townes was great live and mostly not great in the studio.
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Son Volt – Union
Genre: Alternative Country
Rating: 2.5/10
Commentary: Some of the worst material Son Volt has recorded, ever. An embarrassingly trite and completely ineffective album of bad protest and slogan songs.
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