Between the Country

Ian Noe - Between the Country
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Based on 2 reviews
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Based on 20 ratings
May 31, 2019 / Release Date
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National Treasure / Label
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Old school country (Prine?) meets old school folk (Dylan, a lot of Dylan here) - and while this album could be accused of sounding too reverential and studied it also boasts real song craft and vibe.

My 2019 rating to watch, this one could grow and grow....or drop off to a mid 70 something rating.
The only Americana/country record that impressed me so far for this year with its poignant storytelling style that tells the backstories of smalltown life, its quite miseries and the people that inhabits it. A record of surprising depth and diaristic nature that is truly something special.
One of the more impressive country debuts of the year thus far, “Between the Country” showcases both Ian Noe’s gritty authenticity and his knack for detailed, expert songwriting. He’s a singer with an old-school country voice and a pronounced Kentucky drawl who writes songs firmly in the tradition of the American folkie — think Bob Dylan, John Prine, or even Steve Earle. The best songs on “Between the Country,” like “Irene (Ravin’ ... read more
7.9 out of 10
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Track List

  1. Irene (Ravin' Bomb)
  2. Barbara's Song
  3. Junk Town
  4. Letter to Madeline
  5. Loving You
  6. That Kind of Life
  7. Dead on the River (Rolling Down)
  8. If Today Doesn't Do Me In
  9. Meth Head
  10. Between the Country
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Added on: May 31, 2019