Rodney Crowell - Sex & Gasoline
Rodney Crowell hit the big time withn 1988's "Diamonds and Dirt," which had five number one Country singles. Originally part of Emmylou Harris' Hot Band, Crowell gathers together some hot session players and producer Joe Henry for his fourth record. "Sex & Gasoline" is an acoustic, bluesy record that showcases Crowell's jaundiced but romatic lyrics (ie: "I don't mind growing old/as long as I can still laugh).
The title track, "Moving work of art," "Truth Decay," "I want you # 35", and "I've done everything I can" are the best songs, and all are built on the same kind of ruminative, spare country guitar, a few blues licks, some high lonesome Western strings, and that solid, wise writing. The poignant "The night's just right" and "Forty Winters" show more regreat that the other tracks, but they still shine with that hard-won hope that makes this a great record.
There are only a few stumbles here. "The rise and fall of intelligent design" and "Funky and the Farm-Boy" ring hollow, a bit pedestrian, with perfunctory New Country grooves that are clearly beneath Crowell's level.
"Sex & Gasoline" is a hearfelt, crusty record of honest country songs. Rodney Crowell leaves a lot of his heart at the table, but seems to have more than enough to go around.
User Reviews and CommentsLog In or Register to Rate Albums
Tell us why this album is great or sucks ass, or correct the reviewer. If you write enough quality reviews you may find yourself on the editorial staff.
Reviews have to be over 100 words, shorter ones are classed as comments.