The opening song "So You Wanna Be An Outlaw" has a jumbled duet with Willie Nelson running out of breath in the tangled lyrics, but otherwise this album is superb. Steve Earle is a consummate songwriter and performer and many of these songs are instantly memorable. "Looking For A Woman" is a great guitar ballad. "New from Colorado" is a terrific, mournful song of sadness. "This is how it ends" and "You broke my heart" are terrific and "Walkin' In LA" is a superb duet with Johnny Bush. The weakest songs are "Fixin to Die" and "Firebreak Line."
One of his best recent albums. Those who are ardent Earle fans will hear the roots of the songs on this album in earlier works, but each of these new songs is unique. I saw him and the band live at the end of July, and if ever there was a man driven by a life force, it is Steve Earle. This is truly a great album, ranking right up there with my other favorites like El Corazon and Train A'Coming to mention just two. This is a work of the heart.
I like Steve Earle. I like his attitude and music. Pretty easy for me to like this record (I bought the vinyl). If you like Steve Earle and his attitude, I recommend you check this out. If your tastes lean more to Kenny G., this may not be for you, but I’d encourage you to check it out anyway.