Life Is Messy

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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Rodney Crowell wrote several songs about life's difficult passages that were taken to the top of the charts by other artists, e.g. Bob Seger's "Shame on the Moon," Crystal Gayle's "Until I Gain Control Again," the Dirt Band's "Long Hard Road." In 1992, soon after the end of his marriage to fellow singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash, Crowell explored the subject with a set of deeply felt breakup tunes that range from the defiant survivor's tale "Lovin' All Night" to the resigned "Not for Me to Judge." There's a bittersweet meditation on the complexities of love's end on "What Kind of Love," with lyrics that Crowell and Will Jennings wrote to a melody by the late Roy Orbison. ...
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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Rodney Crowell wrote several songs about life's difficult passages that were taken to the top of the charts by other artists, e.g. Bob Seger's "Shame on the Moon," Crystal Gayle's "Until I Gain Control Again," the Dirt Band's "Long Hard Road." In 1992, soon after the end of his marriage to fellow singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash, Crowell explored the subject with a set of deeply felt breakup tunes that range from the defiant survivor's tale "Lovin' All Night" to the resigned "Not for Me to Judge." There's a bittersweet meditation on the complexities of love's end on "What Kind of Love," with lyrics that Crowell and Will Jennings wrote to a melody by the late Roy Orbison. This reissue restores a moving collection of songs to availability, once again showcasing Crowell's versatility and strength as a writer and performer. Liner notes on these Lucky Dog Pick of the Litter packages are sparse, so listen for the contributions of a couple of unbilled guests -- Linda Ronstadt and Steve Winwood.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After the commercial falloff of Keys to the Highway, Rodney Crowell took two and a half years crafting his seventh album, Life Is Messy, in the interim going through a divorce from his wife, Rosanne Cash. The most notable characteristic of Life Is Messy was that it marked a complete return to his original style. With nary a steel guitar or fiddle to be heard, and featuring top pop session musicians as well as a slew of pop guest stars Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, Steve Winwood, etc., Life Is Messy wasn't really a country record at all. A couple of songs had a country-rock, honky tonk feel, but the dominant musical style was a pastiche of late-'50s/early-'60s pop. The title song was a somewhat abstract meditation on romantic discord and career disappointment that was followed by the equally despairing "I Hardly Know How to Be Myself," which actually had been co-written with Cash. These songs sounded so pained and deeply felt that some of the more uptempo songs came off as trivial, even if they made for a change of pace. But other songs came up to their standard without being quite so low in mood. "Alone But Not Alone" found the singer beginning to find his way, and "It's Not for Me to Judge" revealed the noncommittal feelings one can have when emotional certainties are uprooted. Taken together, the songs on Life Is Messy made for a fascinating portrait of an artist at a personal and professional crossroad -- but it didn't have much to do with commercial country music circa 1992, which is what it was primarily marketed as. After a few months, Columbia Records pulled the plug on promotion and parted ways with Crowell, who moved on to MCA Records.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646149027
  • Catalog Number: 61490

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rodney Crowell Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion
Jim Lauderdale Vocals
Marc Cohn Vocal Harmony
Shawn Colvin Background Vocals
Don Henley Vocal Harmony
Albert Lee Vocals
Linda Ronstadt Vocal Harmony
Steve Winwood Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Lari White Background Vocals
Alex Acuña Percussion
Eddie Bayers Percussion, Drums
Barry Beckett Organ, Electric Piano
Larry Byrom Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta Percussion
Mickey Curry Drums
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jim Horn Saxophone
Booker T. Jones Organ
Larry Klein Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
John Leventhal Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Jonell Mosser Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Sam Phillips Vocals
Michael Rhodes Bass
Reginal Sales Drums
Vince Santoro Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Steuart Smith Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston Keyboards
Larry White Background Vocals
Larrie Londin Percussion, Drums
Leland Sklar Bass
Technical Credits
Rodney Crowell Producer
Bobby Colomby Producer
Larry Klein Producer
Randy Kling Mastering
John Leventhal Producer
Roger Nichols Engineer
C.J. Vancston Producer
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston Producer
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