Nothing's Going To Change The Way You Feel About Me Now CD (2012)

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This is Earle's fourth release and follows his critically acclaimed 2010 album, Harlem River Blues, which debuted #47 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and led to a Song of the Year award at the 2011 Americana Music Awards.

Produced by Earle alongside longtime collaborator Skylar Wilson, the 10-track album was recorded completely live with no overdubs over a 4-day period at an old converted church recording studio in Asheville, NC. Of the new record, Earle comments, I think that it s the job of the artist to be in transition and constantly learn more. The new record is completely different than my last one, Harlem River Blues. This time I've gone in a Memphis-soul direction.

And that's true enough. While Harlem River was a love letter to his new hometown of NYC, this new album is a gorgeous, sometimes lush sometimes sparse, paeaon to a city that's given so much to the world musically. The sweat, the horns, the soul.....


Label Bloodshot Records/e1
SKU 229041932
UPC 744302019321
UPC 14 00744302019321
Format CD
Release Date 3/26/2012
Author Justin Townes Earle
Compilation Appearance Avalon Blues
Compilation Appearance Acoustic Cafe
Compilation Appearance Dead Man's Town:tribute/springsteen's
Technical Info
Engineer Adam Bednarik
Producer Justin Townes Earle; Skylar Wilson
CatalogID BLD-CD-193
Lable Name Bloodshot
Released 03/26/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 30m : 22s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00744302019321
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Geoff Pfeiffer (saxophone); Jon-Paul Frappi?r (trumpet); Bryan Owings (drums).
Audio Mixer: Adam Bednarik.
Recording information: Echo Mountain Recording Studio, Asheville, NC.
Photographer: Joshua Black Wilkins.
Justin Townes Earle's 2010 effort Harlem River Blues sounded like he'd found his way as a singer/songwriter amid the spidery, criss-crossing lines of Memphis' long and sometimes fractious musical heritage. Earle moved to London, but the sound of Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now is even more haunted by Memphis than its predecessor. Its sounds have woven their way so far inside his songwriting and arrangements here that he almost disappears. Recorded in North Carolina, loneliness, frustrated desire, regret, thinly veiled admissions of substance abuse, and even self-pity topically weave themselves through these songs. On "Am I That Lonely Tonight?" he talks about being emotionally and physically wasted when hearing his father on the radio and the conflicting feelings it raises. The sad, slow horn chart, nostalgically acknowledges the Memphis influence. The fingerpicked electric guitars, standup bass, and brushed snares just underscore the singer's desolation. The title track, with a shimmering B-3, muted horns, and upright bass walking a straight line, is the third heartworn ballad in a row, and it threatens to overwhelm the proceeding. (Sequencing on this date is an issue.) Its melancholy, dragging tempo, slurred, uneven time signature, and most of all, Earle's voice, all sound completely ragged. On the first uptempo number, "Baby's Got a Bad Idea," populated with a rockabilly swagger, Earle's hoarse, near-spoken, off-key delivery almost derails it. "Maria" fares better with a Willie Mitchell-style slippery horn chart and in the pocket drums. The muted trumpet in the gospel-blues of "Down on the Lower East Side," is a nice touch, as is the restrained passion in Earle's vocal delivery. "Memphis in the Rain" is more lighthearted and actually swings, with R&B effortlessly carrying the singer. "Won't Be the Last Time" and "Unfortunately Anna," both exhausted, oppressive ballads, commence as halting folkish Americana -- though the latter has a very attractive jazzy mid-section and bridge. Closer "Movin' On" uses Johnny Cash as an inspiration, and it feels more natural than anything here. It shuffles and hops; it finds a groove and relaxes inside it. As strained as some of Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now is, there is much to enjoy: Earle's lyrics, while sometimes sophomoric, are fairly sophisticated and searingly honest; the arrangements and his melodies usually lovely. While it's true this album often feels like the listener is being asked to endure a personal confession without redemption as a reward that is also part of its hopefully deliberate, perverse charm. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.68) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "He recorded this album live in studio, but what comes across is control as much as immediacy."
Magnet (p.54) - "[A] welcome return....Most of the songs are presented with economically plucked guitars and brushed drums: familiar elements of Earle's music."
Billboard (p.36) - "[T]he opening of 'Am I That Lonely Tonight?' and album closer 'Movin' On' find him dealing with family affairs with more ease and clarity than ever before."
Uncut (magazine) (p.72) - "[The album] shimmers in spare arrangements, ghostly keyboards, textured horns, and, occasionally, a talking-style vocal style borrowed from Springsteen's NEBRASKA."
Disc 1
1 Am I That Lonely Tonight?
2 Look the Other Way
3 Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
4 Baby's Got a Bad Idea
5 Maria
6 Down On the Lower East Side
7 Won't Be the Last Time
8 Memphis In the Rain
9 Unfortunately, Anna
10 Movin' On
Am I That Lonely Tonight
Look The Other Way
Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now
Baby's Got A Bad Idea
Lower East Side
Won't Be The Last Time
Memphis In The Rain
Unfortunately Anna
Movin' On
Product Attributes
Artist Earle,Justin Townes
Label Bloodshot Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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