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Steve Earle
The Revolution Starts...NOW

While some artists take their millions and live out the rock star fantasy, men like Steve Earle recall the nightmares most people have to face in the very rough, very real world. The man's certainly no stranger to hardship, suffering in his days a label drop, jail time for heroin possession, and six failed marriages.

But instead of reveling in his own pitfalls, Earle's got his finger pointed to the right--right at President Bush, just like he did back on 2002's Jerusalem with the controversial "John Walker's Blues."

This isn't the first time Earle's been swinging his fist at the government with a pocket full of anti-war tunes. The musician could be found in numerous San Antonio coffeehouses and rallies protesting Vietnam, back when men like Guy Clarke were making money in the Nashville music scene.

It wasn't until 1986 that Earle got his chance at the country rock fusion, popularized by the likes of the Eagles and Bruce Springsteen, with the release of Guitar Town. Nearly both twenty years and albums later, the man's still going with another political rouser, The Revolution Starts...NOW.

"Rich Man's War" is only a revelation for more apathetic Americans. Fun pun "Condi Condi," pays tribute to Bush's beloved advisor Condaleeza Rice. Earle throws on his finest Clash for "F the CC," and it fits the best. Earle changes the pace on a sweetheart duet with Emmylou Harris called "Comin' Around," and the versatility works.

But when the focus stays there, demons from the past clutter the two remaining tracks, welcoming a reprise of the album's title track. Although Earle didn't start a revolution here, he definitely earns props for joining in one.
Crystal at 11/10/2004 11:01:00 AM

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