Steve Earle Releases ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive’: A Review

April 26, 2011

Steve Earle - I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

By Kenneth E. Oquist

Steve Earle’s tribute to Townes Van Zant I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive hits the street. ”Waiting on the Sky” starts the release out quite infectiously and Townes Van Zant would appreciate it immensely. “Little Emperor” is very Folk sounding, with alot of fiddles and mandolin driving this song. “The Gulf of Mexico” is a tribute to workers making a living on the gulf. This is a very Folk flavored song. “Molly O” is a captivating Celtic flavored love song and a real treat indeed. 

“God is God”, with it’s wavering effected guitar sound, has got a great beat. “Meet Me in the Alleyway” is an eerie and haunting song, with a slight megaphone vocal sound. The percussion is interesting and varied. “Every Part of Me”  is another acoustic song with light percussion. There are some really strong songs on this entire recording. “Lonely are the Free” is an acoustic song with a really nice drum coming in after awhile and a mighty good mandolin. “Heaven or Hell” has Steve singing with a female singer, creating an excellent sound indeed. “I am a Wanderer” is a lyrically nomadic song with a Country sounding treatment by Steve. This one is short and sweet.

“This City”, with the acoustic guitar and fiddles, has a really interesting sound with a horn and no drums. After hearing this track, I don’t even mind that there are no songs with only vocals and acoustic guitar on this release. A four and a half star performance from Steve Earle. Produced by T Bone Burnette. The results could prove to be award winning.

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