Steve Earle & The Dukes - Terraplane
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2015 Ratings: #458 / 938
User Score
Based on 10 ratings
February 17, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
New West / Label
Blues / Genres
Steve Earle / Primary Artists
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This is not a Smithsonian survey course in an indigenous American roots form. Yes, Earle sought to craft a cohesive album working in the blues idiomatics, but he also sought to evoke the erotic thrust, the machismo and muscular musicality of the oeuvre as much as cling to the hard definitions.
American Songwriter

Terraplane is such a standout that we can only hope he makes his way back around to the blues relatively soon.

The album title suggests Robert Johnson, but Earle's eclectic tastes in the blues reflect the influence of everyone from Lightnin' Hopkins to Texas blues-rockers like ZZ Top and the Vaughan Brothers.

Terraplane is the most relaxed and least fussed-over album Earle has made in quite some time, and frankly, he sounds like he's having a ball on these sessions.

Rolling Stone

Terraplane is less a soul-searcher than a sturdy vehicle, built to chug through hard times.

Consequence of Sound

Terraplane comes across as a mostly pleasant surprise. This is a blues album that opts to boogie rather than weep, celebrate not commiserate, as Earle pours himself into the genre’s tropes.

It's good for what it is—better than it needs to be, in fact—yet what it is is only a fraction of what it could be, if only Earle would stop trying to tidy up his inspirations.

If Earle knows the blues, on Terraplane, he too often doesn’t seem to know what to do with them.

A collection of blue-eyed blues that look for the crossroads but haven't found it yet.
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Track List

  1. Baby Baby Baby (Baby)
  2. You're the Best Lover That I Ever Had
  3. The Tennessee Kid
  4. Ain't Nobody s Daddy Now
  5. Better off Alone
  6. The Usual Time
  7. Go Go Boots Are Back
  8. Acquainted with the Wind
  9. Baby's Just as Mean as Me
  10. Gamblin Blues
  11. King of the Blues

Year End Lists

#25/American Songwriter
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Added on: November 25, 2014