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„Sidetracks“ dient als ein schönes Schaufenster für Steve Earle, den interpretierenden Sänger. Da nur sechs der 13 Tracks von Earle geschrieben wurden und zwei davon Instrumentalstücke sind, kann man Earle zumeist hören, wie er sich an den Liedern anderer Leute versucht, und zum größten Teil klingt er großartig und drückt seinen eigenen lebhaften Stempel zu so unterschiedlichen Melodien auf wie der Ode der Flying Burrito Brothers "My Uncle", die Reggae-Perle "Johnny Too Bad", die Psych-Soul-Protesthymne der Chambers Brothers, "Time Has Come Today" (mit Gastgesang von Sheryl Crow und geisterhaften Samples von Abbie Hoffman) und Nirvanas angstbesessenem "Breed".
„Sidetracks“ ist eine beeindruckende Sammlung, die deutlich macht, dass Steve Earles Überbleibsel ein besseres Album ergeben, als die meisten Songwriter aus ihrem Spitzenwerk konstruieren könnten - und dass er als Sänger und nicht nur als Songwriter, der sein eigenes Werk aufführt, brilliert.


CD reissue. Steve Earle writes the following: "With the exception of the instrumentals... these (songs) are not outtakes. They are, rather, stray tracks, recorded at different times for different reasons that I am very proud of and are either unreleased or underexposed." Sidetracks also serves as a nice showcase for Steve Earle the Interpretive Singer. Since only six of the 13 tracks were written by Earle and two of those are instrumentals, for the most part you get to hear Earle try his hand at other people's songs, and for the most part he sounds great, bringing his own feisty stamp to tunes as diverse as the Flying Burrito Brothers' ode to draft dodging, "My Uncle," the reggae chestnut "Johnny Too Bad", the Chambers Brothers' psych-soul protest anthem, "Time Has Come Today" (featuring guest vocals from Sheryl Crow and ghostly samples from Abbie Hoffman) and Nirvana's angst-fest "Breed". Sidetracks is an impressive collection that makes clear Steve Earle's leftovers make for a better album than most songwriters could construct from their top-shelf work - and that he can get over as a singer and not just as a songwriter performing his own work.

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Sidetracks
EARLE, STEVE
Sidetracks
CD
MOCD 965
€ 11.90*
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1 Some Dreams
2 Open Your Window
3 Me and the Eagle
4 Johnny Too Bad
5 Dominick St
6 Breed
7 Time Has Come Today
8 Ellis Unit One
9 Creepy Jackalope Eye
10 Willin'
11 Sara's Angel
12 My Uncle
13 My Back Paces