Steve Earle - The Revolution Starts ... Now
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The Revolution Starts ... Now (Artemis/E-Squared, 2004)

Steve Earle

Reviewed by T.J. Simon

On Steve Earle's latest, he's created an anti-war screed that also serves as a testament to his superior songwriting ability. The title track serves as an invitation for Americans to get involved over a Springsteen-worthy tune. "Home to Houston" is a classic trucker-country story of a big rig driver scared shitless by the realities of modern warfare when called into duty in Iraq. "Rich Man's War" is a lyrical masterpiece about a poor kid who joins the army only to find himself in the middle of a Kandahar firefight. His tale is contrasted with a Palestinian boy also pressed into unfortunate service by his own people.

Unfortunately, not every song is a winner. The spoken word "Warrior" collapses under its own self-indulgent weight, and the tongue in cheek reggae love lament "Condi, Condi" feels like a novelty track left on the cutting room floor by Jimmy Buffett. Nevertheless, there's a lot to enjoy including the Emmylou Harris duet, "Comin' Around." Folks who like their alt.-country peppered with a healthy dose of pissed-off politics will find something to enjoy on Earle's call to revolution.

CDs by Steve Earle

GUY, 2019 So You Wanna Be An Outlaw, 2017 Terraplane, 2015 The Warner Bros Years, 2013 The Low Highway, 2013 I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, 2011 Townes, 2009 Copperhead Road deluxe edition, 2008 Washington Square Serenade, 2007

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