I always kid my wife that Dwight Yoakam was a singer that wanted to be a rock star but couldn't make it, so he went country. I hope she doesn't read this review because then she will know how I actually feel about his music.
This album by Dwight has so many different musical influences it would be hard to list them all. I can hear Johnny Cash, Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, The Eagles, etc..
The forum is pure country but the effect crosses over into many different musical styles. If he could get the twang out of his voice I bet that you would hear this on most top 40 music stations!
The one other thing about this album is that I found you need another category at the bottom of the review: Great music to play when thinking about your ex!
This album is all about the rotten, cheating, lousy no good woman that you have had to deal with. Man!!! I hope you have better luck with your next relationship Dwight!
The album starts with the classic country tune "Pocket of A Clown". This is the kind of music that country music was founded on. Pure steel guitar and fiddle, foot tapping music. This one comes complete with the female do wop back-up singers. This song definitely sets the tone of the album.
The next song is one of the best songs that I have ever heard by Dwight. "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere", is all about getting out of that bad relationship. Here it is done in such a way as to make you feel the breeze as you travel down that highway! The layers of guitars make an awesome statement on this song. The rhythm acoustic is perfect. I get the feel of an old Elvis tune whenever I hear this song. This song is not an elaborate or complex song, it is just very effective!
House For Sale" brings you back to the country roots of Yoakam. A sad song about the end of a relationship again. Lyrically this is some great work! What a way to depict the end of a marriage. A guy selling the house that they lived in!
"Home for sale That's much to large Too many rooms Big ole empty yard Far more space Than the owner needs Price includes All memories"
Great stuff. That says it all! Dwight's twang on this song really helps to drive home the point he is trying to make.
The title track "This Time" is next. Some great piano work that is right out of the old Ed Arnold school of heartbreak county. Not the best track on this album but still listenable.
"Two Doors Down" is his next ode to a woman that stomped on his heart. Great lyrics again. This is one of those slow pieces that puts all the emphasis on the story. Dwight shows me something with his storytelling here! This song is easy to relate to, believe me.
One of my favorites on this album is the next song "Ain't That Lonely Yet". This is some great music with some fantastic effects. The string section gives this a real lush sound. Add to that a great story of a woman who wants her man back after dumping on him. I have been there and this song takes the words right out of mouth. Time to tell her where she can get off!
"King of Fools" is another straight ahead 50ish county style song with a 90's update. All the elements of classic C&W are here. Again, nothing special or exceptional but still a good song.
"Fast As You" has Roy Orbison written all over it. A great county rock and roller. This is where I feel that Dwight could really do some damage! He has the talent to pull this type of song off and the twang in his voice adds a real unique quality to it. There is also a really HOT guitar solo in this one.
"Try Not To Look So Pretty" is a pure county ballad that again shows Yoakam's great ability to write catchy lyrics. Musically speaking it is not that different from a million other songs but here again, palatable.
How about a little rock and roll. "Wild Ride" is all electric and very reminiscent of some of the 70's work of the likes of Segar or The Eagles. Yes a very good bit of rock and country. I have always liked this song as it is where he plays what I think he enjoys the most. It shows here. The guitars really hammer but with a country beat!
Dwight ends the album with a lonely ballad called Lonsome Roads". This is a song that just has the feel of being on the prairie, sitting around the fire, coyote in the background and thinking about past mistakes. A fitting way to end this album.
First off, I have to say that I am NOT a county music lover. But I do appreciate good talent in whatever form. This is some excellent songwriting and has a great all around flavor to it.
Also Yoakam does not sell out like so many country artist. He is not trying to be the semi rock star like Cyrus or Garth. He stays true to his music and you have to respect him for that.
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Personnel: Dwight Yoakam (vocals, guitar); Dean Parks (acoustic guitar); Pete Anderson (electric guitar); Al Perkins (lap & pedal steel guitars, dobro); Scott Joss, Don Reed (fiddle); Skip Edwards (keyboards); Charles Domanico (acoustic bass); Taras Prodaniuk (bass); Jeff Donavan (drums); Scott Humphrey (programming); Tommy Funderburk, Beth Andersen, Carl Jackson, Jim Haas, Jim Lauderdale (background vocals). Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California. "Ain't That Lonely Yet" won Best Male Country Vocal Performance in the 36th Annual Grammy Awards. "Pocket Of A Clown" was nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in the 37th Annual Grammy Awards. Dwight Yoakam's sixth release, THIS TIME, is a progressive country gem which embraces the past while forging forward into the future. Stretching vocally and musically (he wrote or co-wrote all but one song), Dwight, a rebel with a Kentucky twang and an L.A. swagger, presents the best album of his career. "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere" is a hau... Song List: Disc 1 1. Pocket of a Clown 2. Thousand Miles From Nowhere, A 3. Home For Sale 4. This Time 5. Two Doors Down 6. Ain't That Lonely Yet 7. King of Fools 8. Fast As You 9. Try Not To Look So Pretty 10. Wild Ride 11. Lonesome Roads