Steve Earle & The Dukes - Ghosts of West Virginia
Ghosts of West Virginia
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ocrakraut
90
Steve Earle has never been one of my favorite singers up to this record. He opens Ghost of West Virginia with an acapella gospel that takes me right into this timeless tale of rural blue collar hell. Maybe I can anticipate this one that much because my familiar background is partly rooted in coal miners coughing at the dinner table. Nonetheless the stories and most of all Earle´s restrained singing enter the Johnny Cash territory of his late recordings. A record Bruce Springsteen never ... read more
their_nickname
70
Steve Earle is a legend in the history of alt country. Albums like Guitar Town and political bangers like Copperhead Road made him an outlaw legend. This new record hits some of the marks, but leaves a little to be desired. Steve still knows how to spin a yarn, but it doesn't really feel like his heart is completely into it. Quality songs like Time is Never On Our Side see Steve nearly just speaking over a somewhat bare sonic template so his lyrics are on full display. I just wish they had the ... read more
DareG
71
Standouts: Union, God and Country, Devil Put the Coal In the Ground

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SonicDiscovery
77
Steve Earle is an American singer-songwriter that has been writing and recording songs in the country, rock and folk genres since his breakthrough debut Guitar Town back in 1986. Earle is known for his controversial songs and his outspoken views on the death penalty and war. On his most recent project Ghost of West Virginia, Earle focused on an entire concept of the lives of coal miners in West Virginia and how tough that kind of life can be. Throughout this excellently presented set of songs, ... read more
NTTR
49
Steve Earle & The Dukes - Ghosts of West Virginia

Genre: Americana
Country: US

Final Verdict: 49% (Average Album)
Yearly Ranking: 515th / 579

Highlight: Devil Put the Coal in the Ground

Made me think of:
Justin Towne Earle
John Hiatt
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
ymmot625
40
spokin kantri ain't me thang
CadeGilbert
NR
never in a day of my life would i have thought that i would see the name of my hometown, a small town in west virginia, on an album cover from someone who isn’t from here
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