by Chuck Dauphin
The music of Sturgill Simpson takes the listener to a forgotten era in Country Music. One listen to his music, and you will be transported back in time to the days of Waylon, Willie and the 4/4 beats! Needless to say, this IS your daddy’s Country Music.
Nowhere is that any more apparent than on the opening cut, “Turtles All The Way Down,” on which you can hear the afore-mentioned artists, as well as shades of the irreverent style of David Allan Coe. He continues that Outlaw vibe on “Voices,” where the Waylon comparison might be felt the most.
But, there are other styles to Sturgill Simpson. Take, for example, the hillbilly boogie of “Life Of Sin,” which would make an artist like Dale Watson beam with pride. Also of note on this disc is the deep, brooding, and introspective feel of tracks like “The Promise” and “Just Let Go.” Simpson proves all over this album that he is definitely one of a kind. Needless to say, there is nobody making music like him on the radio. From the “tell it like it is” vibe of “Living The Dream,” to the Gospel slant of “A Little Light,” Simpson proves himself to be an original all the way around.
Possibly the most unique cut on the disc is the downright funky flavor of “It Ain’t All Light,” which is reminiscent of one of those Hank Williams Jr. ballads that never became a single yet makes a deep and profound impact on the listener. It’s proof that Sturgill Simpson is the real deal, bar none!
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