May 6, 2012

The Turnpike Troubadours, Still on the Right Path

    The next album from the Turnpike Troubadours 'Goodbye Normal Street' will be released May 8th. Inevitably there will be 100 reviews out on it by the end of the week. Do you know what they are all gonna say? It is absolutely amazing!

    The guys have not only picked up where they left off with 'Diamonds & Gasoline', they have well surpassed it. This album shows tons of growth both musically and lyrically. They have again put together an album that never fails. From the first song to the last, it will keep you tapping your feet and singing along. The overall themes of the proud, blue collar, hardworking man and lost loves are still present albeit with a slightly darker tone perhaps.

     The first single "Gin, Smoke, and Lies" was just a glimpse at what was to come from this album. "Before the Devil Knows we're Dead" and "Quit While I'm Ahead" are fast paced and catchy but far from upbeat. "Gone, Gone, Gone" and my favorite track "Wrecked" are classic Turnpike; heart ripped out, and stomped on tracks. While "Blue Star" and "Southeastern Son" both pay homage to the hard working, blue collar work force and their struggles. What I like most about the album is that none of these new songs make me think "this one sounds like... (anything on the last album)".

     'Goodbye Normal Street' is a stand-alone product that doesn't need to sound like anything they have released previously to make you love it. It still has all of the elements of the Troubadours that their fans will love. Amazing fiddle, superb guitar, foot stomping bass beats and lyrics that pull you in. I dare you to find a song that is less than great. The Turnpike Troubadours have done what they do best. Make music that sounds like nothing else out there, and done it at a level that no one could come close to.



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