Steve Earle - J.T.
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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
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.
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
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
leolucia
62
DECENT
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
currentjoyys
60
FAVORITE TRACK: Last Words

LEAST FAVORITE TRACK: They Killed John Henry

Knowing the context of this album is the most important thing. First listen, this might just sound like another Americana/folk country record but knowing that this record is a tribute to Earle's son, fellow country singer Justin Townes Earle, it makes this whole project a lot more somber even though it is an upbeat album for the most part. The only song directly about Earle's son is "Last Words" which is a ... read more
gec2isabella
82
How is this mans cover art so consistently inredible.
Lumdogmillionai
75
Country: USA

Genre: Country

For fans of: Terry Allen, Jason Isbell, Bill Callahan

Starting the year off on a more melancholy note, this record from country veteran Steve Earle is comprised of covers from his son J.T. who passed away of an overdose in 2020. Steve's raspy, almost growling delivery is incredibly effective and turn a collection of country ballads and bangers into a mournful celebration of his son's life. Highlights are the mysterious Lone Pine Hill, where Earle's vocals are at ... read more
140GrimeStreet
48
'J.T.' serves as a eulogy in memory of Steve Earle's son - fellow folk-americana singer who tragically died at the age of just 38 last year. The album is a celebration of Justin's work, who up until now I was unfamiliar with. But after listening to these reprises, I proceeded to listen to the original tracks, and was pleasantly surprised.

The sentiment of this album makes critiquing it a difficult task, but despite being a fitting tribute to his son, from a musical standpoint the majority of ... read more
ocrakraut
85
Those reading this might know the story behind this record. In case the tragic source for this record made you hope for sth. special beware of being dissapointed.
This record is quite versatile and entertaining.
Steve Earle has reached a point in his musical journey that allows me to embrace his work without being distracted by him overacting the angry man pose. I loved his last record and this one follows the same route. Well sung, well played and some songs that will stand out in his long ... read more
FritoRio
65
You know 2021 is whack when Rio gives a country album a decent rating
EthanW
53
Wow, this album was good. Understanding the themes and the sentiments in this album is crucial, it improves the listening 10 fold. This album has a few songs that feel like they're straight out of a Fallout game. It gives me 1950s vibes for some reason and makes me think about my dad and ex. This isn't something I'd come back to, but still a good album.
pahcy
67
Most of the cuts on this LP are a bit rough and grainy. However, this doesn’t stop it from being very cohesive and heartfelt through and through. If some of the tracks were a bit longer, this could’ve been great.
NTTR
53
Steve Earle & The Dukes - J.T.

Genre: Americana
Country: US

Final Verdict: 53% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 3rd / 5

Highlight: Maria

Made me think of:
John Hiatt
Dire Straits
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
The Jayhawks
darksynthwel
78
I'm not a country music listener. However, I really liked the cover of this album and it influenced me a lot to play on "J.T." and I'm happy for that. Hearing about the story of a father who is feeling the grief and loss of his son, who died prematurely from an overdose, was unique. I'm a medical student and I'm in daily contact with death. So, seeing mourning from an artistic perspective is always a way to remind me of our limits and that we all have a story to tell, because that ... read more
TeodoreMcgee
70
QUICKIE: Pretty good country/Americana record, and now knowing the back story of the album, just left me really touched, this is a tribute made by 10 covers of his late son Justin Townes Earle (J.T) songs, with a heartbreaking last track that really finishes this very decent record with an emotional punch. The songs are really catchy and are meticulously prepared to give this dignified sound to a pretty great tribute. I guess my main flaw is the derivativity and the generic sound. So yeah, it's ... read more
yoizillmatic
80
Few genres have seen such a dramatic shift in sound and style as country music has in the past 25 years. What was once a genre full of serene storytelling, rambunctious acoustic guitars, and western themes has become a bass-boosted mess of pop music that consistently produces songs like ‘Red Solo Cup.’ The space for artists like Steve Earle that adhere to the old traditions has been crowded out, at least in popular culture. I find this to be a quite unfortunate reality, as I’d ... read more
leocboy
60
a ok country album, some good elements on some tracks and that's all.
it's not the kind of music i usually like to hear

edit: i think i heard the album before everyone else, maybe because i live in Brazil
andyintoronto
50
I'll start by saying that I'm not country music fan, so perhaps this review is unfairly dragging down the average ever so slightly. It's well written, well played, just doesn't float my boat. I can see trad country heads digging it though.
ROXAAN
50
It has nothing special.
Just like few other country albums I've heard.
DuduMars
60
This is not one of my favourite genres, so I don't think the score I'm giving can truly show the potential of the album. Although there are good tracks, like "The Saint Of Lost Causes" (a total banger btw), the rest sounds very similar and is not really that appealing to my untrained ears
Burnsbaby
70
A celebration and tribute to his son, the Steve Earle album was such a good project. I don't have many complaints, other than this is something that I will not typically gravitate towards. If I need a different sound to mix up my day, I will certainly turn here.
40
Nothing special, all has been made too many times
65
favourite tracks: maria and last words.
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