Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall - The Marfa Tapes
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Based on 6 reviews
2021 Ratings: #112 / 660
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Based on 54 ratings
2021 Ratings: #159
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The Marfa Tapes comes as a genuinely welcome surprise - proof that less is more, and that sometimes stripping everything down to the basics is indeed the best way to move forward.

The songwriting is first-rate, and the minimalist aesthetic suits these tunes in a way that more elaborate arrangements and polished production never would.
As a songbook, it's excellent, but it's equally effective as an album, as the trio harmonize and pick guitar with an emotional immediacy that gives The Marfa Tapes a warm, resonant immediacy.
The music fares best at its most lighthearted, although one of the ballads ranks among the trio’s finest material together.
Spectrum Culture
Hearing musicians at this level just hanging out and capturing their songs provides a simple but valuable pleasure. The album also highlights the effectiveness of serious songwriting in any setting.
In His Arms - 5/5 ❤
I Don’t Like It - 3/5
The Wind’s Just Gonna Blow - 3/5
Am I Right Or Amarillo - 4/5
Waxahachie - 3/5
Homegrown Tomatoes - 3/5
Breaking A Heart - 5/5 ❤
Ghost - 4/5
Geraldene - 5/5 ❤
We’ll Always Have The Blues - 4/5
Tin Man - 4/5
Two-Step Down To Texas - 4/5
Anchor - 4/5
Tequila Does - 4/5
Amazing Grace (West Texas) - 4/5
The Marfa Tapes, this new impromptu album from Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall ended up being a nice surprise. The album is a stripped down affair that really comes across like a couple musicians friends gathering up around a campfire as they play guitars and sing songs together. A lot of these songs are originals by the three and some of were recently featured on Lambert last few albums, but here they sounds so fresh and new presenting in this manner. The guitars sound crisp and ... read more
com certeza um dos melhores álbuns da princesa do country Mitranda Lambert, o acústico, a leveza presente neles é digno de múltiplos Grammys, como sempre Miranda Lambert mostrando qualidade juntamente com Jack Ingram e Jon Randall!
This has to be one of the most inviting and cinematic records I've heard in a while. Miranda, Jack and Jon take us on a journey through the southern desert and invite us at the same time into their little conversations and inside jokes. Their guitar strings buzzing, the cows lowing in the background, the wind whispering through their recordings — it's all part of their creative process and I'm so glad to have experienced it.
Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall - The Marfa Tapes

Genre: Country
Country: US

Final Verdict: 71% (Very Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 54th / 412

Highlight:Tin Man (added to my 2021 best of)

Made me think of:
J.S. Ondara
Carrei Underwood
Little Big Town
Maren Morris
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Track List

  1. In His Arms
  2. I Don’t Like It
  3. The Wind’s Just Gonna Blow
  4. Am I Right Or Amarillo
  5. Waxahachie
  6. Homegrown Tomatoes
  7. Breaking A Heart
  8. Ghost
  9. Geraldene
  10. We’ll Always Have The Blues
  11. Tin Man
  12. Two-Step Down To Texas
  13. Anchor
  14. Tequila Does
  15. Amazing Grace (West Texas)
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Added on: March 4, 2021