Steve Earle - J.T.
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2021 Ratings: #1 / 13
User Score
Based on 129 ratings
2021 Ratings: #15
Liked by 7 people
January 4, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
New West Records / Label
Americana / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
American Songwriter

The grief is undeniable, but with J.T., Earle’s new album that mostly consists of Justin’s own originals, the mood is surprisingly upbeat.

90
Clash

The record celebrates a richly talented songwriter as much as it mourns his passing.

90
Exclaim!

By not only fearlessly facing grief, but also honouring Justin's sly humor, raw vulnerability and nimble songwriting, Steve Earle fittingly sees his young Cowboy off into the sunset.

80
Uncut

Despite the sombre circumstances, J.T. is a celebratory affair.

80
The Observer

Earle’s vocals, growling and gravelled these days, deliver the songs straight, only occasionally letting a sense of loss intrude.

80
The Arts Desk

It’s a heartfelt outing and sometimes his singing is almost a primal scream. But ultimately it’s a celebration of a great talent gone to soon.

AndreVital
78
I'll keep this one short.
Steve Earle's latest album is a tribute to his son, Justin Townes Earle after Justin tragically passed away last August.
This means that if you're looking to get into to Steve Earle, the legendary song-writer, this shouldn't be how you start. I'd suggest his 2004 album, "The Revolution Starts Now", his material from the 80s like "Guitar Town" and "Coppertown Road' or my favorite as of now, "Jerusalem". Be that as it may, ... read more
louisomahoney
77
Country, to say the least, is not a genre I am highly invested in, or even a genre I enjoy listening to, so I was hesitant to try this album, but I'm really glad I did.

This album is a tribute to Earle's late son, J.T who had died of an accidental cocaine overdose months before this album was released and the lyrics and themes reflect that heavily, these themes are very emotional and it is obvious how the tragic incident has effected him in this record.

This record sounds like country but ... read more
365WHATAPPLE
37
Today i tried to listen to something from my least favorite genre of music and it turned out how i thought it would. Although i will give praise for keeping me the whole way through i'm just not the demographic for this.
jkpyg
85
A really beautiful and melancholy introspective of the life of Earle’s late son JT, who this album is dedicated too. Earle manages to find the happiness in the memories of JT, musician himself, to create a joyful celebration of his life. A really lovely and upbeat memorial. The quality of the songwriting has elevated Earle even higher since his last album which isn’t even a year old (it placed 47th on my 2020 list) and you can see the change in tone and perspective since his last ... read more
JayCrackers
72
Steve Earle's most recent record, J.T. is one of his most powerful and emotional albums as in about the tragic death of his son and it is the strongest aspect of J.T., the lyrics and the songwriting coming off quite heartfelt and sentimental but apart from the impressive lyrics nothing much really engaged me as much, i find the production to be too much stripped back and the instrumentals although allow Earle's vocal to be at the forefront doesn't offer much on multiple listens but anyway, J.T. ... read more
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Track List

  1. I Don't Care
  2. Ain't Glad I'm Leaving
  3. Maria
  4. Far Away in Another Town
  5. They Killed John Henry
  6. Turn out My Lights
  7. Lone Pine Hill
  8. Champagne Corolla
  9. The Saint of Lost Causes
  10. Harlem River Blues
  11. Last Words
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Added on: November 18, 2020