What does it sound like?:
Starting with The Houston Kid in 2001 and culminating in 2017 with Close Ties, Rodney Crowell delivered a slew of late period albums characterised by pin-sharp, sometimes acerbic lyrics, and top drawer songwriting. In between there were a couple of duet albums with Emmylou Harris, a collection of his own ‘acoustic classics’ and a covers album of Texan songs. Much more than just another Texan songwriter and former Mr Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell has turned out half a dozen late period albums equal to anything released by his former father-in-law. Indeed, arguably more so, as the material is all Crowell’s own. Triage adds significantly to that late flowering – it may well be the best of the lot. From the softly spoken Transient Global Amnesia Blues, to the rattlingly good Something Has To Change, here are 42 minutes and 10 songs that testify to the very best of the songwriter’s art. Characteristically deft lyrics, solid tunesmithery, subtle and sympathetic production, this is a real cracker of an album. Rodney Crowell may never have been fashionable in the UK; this album is unlikely to change that, but do yourself a favour and listen to some old.
What does it all *mean*?
If the album cover is anything to go by, Rodney Crowell looks like a white haired old geezer with a sense of purpose and something urgent to say, and the quality of Triage testifies to that.
Goes well with…
The Houston Kid, Tarpaper Sky, The Outsider, Fate’s Right Hand, Sex & Gasoline, Close Ties.
23rd July 2021
Might suit people who like…
White haired old geezers.