Rodney Crowell: Triage overview – courageous and soul-baring
A few years again, the Nashville veteran Rodney Crowell responded to well being scares with an album (Shut Ties) that included defiant, upbeat numbers akin to It Ain’t Over But. On Triage, his 18th album in a profession stacked with hits, Crowell is extra sanguine, extra subdued, with songs revolving round mortality, sin and redemption. One quantity immediately addresses a medical analysis of transient international amnesia, one other is bluntly titled This Physique Isn’t All There Is to Who I Am – fairly a mouthful to squeeze right into a refrain, however Crowell manages it.
Although the temper is sober, with the pandemic a bleak backdrop, it’s not all introspective. One thing Has to Change takes a stand in opposition to those that “darken the world”, and Crowell is insistent that “common love” makes the world go spherical. There’s no scarcity of soul-baring, nevertheless, on confessional items akin to Don’t Go away Me Now and Woman on the Road, a narrative tune with a barely too Dylanesque ring (Bob is namechecked elsewhere). It’s, after all, all completely performed in semi-acoustic style, with Crowell in wonderful voice.
You watched that Triage just isn’t what some followers would possibly need, however at this late stage it’s what their hero desires to say. A courageous, considerate album.