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Midnight at the Movies

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Within the first song, you just know you’re hearing something special, that you are party to the unknown and exhilarating paths being explored by an artist on the creative ascendancy.
Roams o’er the vast landscape of American music without so much as a stumble.

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Midnight at the Movies is held firm by Justin’s astonishing vision and conviction, yet roams o’er the vast landscape of American music without so much as a stumble. From the deft ear for orchestration and ambient arrangement reminiscent of Randy Newman right through, somehow, the countrypolitan cool of Lambchop and hipster retro vibes of Palace Brothers or Magnetic Fields (simply look to the title track for proof), to the amber smooth swing of the Ray Price smilin’ thru the heartache school of country (“What I Mean To You,” “Poor Fool”), to the immediacy and disarming simplicity of country blues (“They Killed John Henry”), to songs that tell a novel’s worth of emotion in a few lines (“Mama’s Eyes”), Justin Townes Earle pulls it all off with a confidence and candor that tells the listener that the daring exhibited on his debut album The Good Life only hinted at the growth to come.

Short Description
  • An utterly distinctive voice that takes what's come before and artfully moves it forward.

    — L.A. Times
  • ...this record confirms that he's a new writer to be reckoned with who doesn't need to trade on his family name.

    — All Music Guide
  • The striking thing about [the] new record is the variety of styles it visits in just over 30 minutes. Just as striking, this variety doesn't come across as dabbling or disparity.

    — Boston Globe
  • A sound that's just as traditional as it is innovative.

  • Throughout, Earle once again reveals his knack for telling details and vibrant wordplay, and he continues to show that acoustic music can be spirited and celebratory as well as introspective and blue [and he] works like a good movie director. No matter the story he's telling, or the musical dialogue he adopts, it's the authority of his distinctive voice as a songwriter and a singer that makes the tale resonate.

    — Nashville Scene
  • Earle is a storyteller above all else, and Midnight at the Movies is deliciously specific.

  • In a word: Spellbinding.

    — Aquarian Weekly
  • A nearly flawless, organic LP

    — Paste Magazine
  • 4 STARS

    — Rolling Stone

Track List

  • 1. Midnight at the Movies
  • 2. What I Mean To You
  • 3. They Killed John Henry
  • 4. Mama's Eyes
  • 5. Dirty Rag
  • 6. Can't Hardly Wait
  • 7. Black Eyed Suzy
  • 8. Poor Fool
  • 9. Halfway to Jackson
  • 10. Someday I'll Be Forgiven For This
  • 11. Walk Out
  • 12. Here We Go Again


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