Midnight at the Movies

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
"I am my father's son/ I've never known when to shut up/I ain't foolin' no one/I am my father's son." These words lead off the fourth song on Justin Townes Earle's second album, Midnight at the Movies, and given that many people still know him as the son of iconic singer/songwriter Steve Earle, it's a brave and startling statement. But at the same time, much like his 2008 debut The Good Life, Earle's second album works because he seems determined not be his father's son; the tone and the feel of this music owes precious little to the family line, and Earle sounds appreciably more relaxed, confident, and in control here than he did on his fine debut. Earle's music has one ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
"I am my father's son/ I've never known when to shut up/I ain't foolin' no one/I am my father's son." These words lead off the fourth song on Justin Townes Earle's second album, Midnight at the Movies, and given that many people still know him as the son of iconic singer/songwriter Steve Earle, it's a brave and startling statement. But at the same time, much like his 2008 debut The Good Life, Earle's second album works because he seems determined not be his father's son; the tone and the feel of this music owes precious little to the family line, and Earle sounds appreciably more relaxed, confident, and in control here than he did on his fine debut. Earle's music has one toe tangled in hillbilly tradition on the folk ballad pastiche "They Killed John Henry," the uptempo string band number "Black Eyed Suzy," and the honky tonk swing of "Poor Fool," but he can write about love and life with a clear and unaffected eye that's effortlessly timeless. The title song is a musical snapshot that gets its Nighthawks details just right, "Someday I'll Be Forgiven for This" and "Here We Go Again" are painfully intimate examinations of what can happen between people who care for each other, and while "Poor Fool" and "Walk Out" sound jaunty, they have a weight behind them that's telling. And while Earle doesn't sound like a guy who should be covering the Replacements, his version of "Can't Hardly Wait" finds a sweet heartache at the core that Paul Westerberg was afraid to show in his recording. Midnight at the Movies plays more like a subtle step forward for Justin Townes Earle than a quantum leap, but if the The Good Life suggested he was a talent to watch, this record confirms that he's a new writer to be reckoned with who doesn't need to trade on his family name.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/3/2009
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • UPC: 744302016023
  • Catalog Number: 160
  • Sales rank: 69,350

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Justin Townes Earle Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Resonator
Pete Finney Dobro, Steel Guitar
Bryan Owings Drums
Steve Poulton Vibes
Skylar Wilson Organ, Piano, Vibes, Bandleader, Wurlitzer
Cory Younts Banjo, Harmonica, Mandolin, Piano, Human Whistle, Vocal Harmony
Bryn Davies Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Paul Westerberg Composer
Jim DeMain Mastering
R.S. Field Producer
Steve Poulton Producer, Audio Production
Adam Bednarik Engineer
Joshua Black Wilkins Artwork
Justin Townes Earle Composer
Cory Younts Whistle
Brenton Stanley Assistant Tracking Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    JT Earle

    Not the usual crap that comes from Nashville, great cover of Can't Hardly Wait

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The next Steve Earle.... with a Johnny Cash feel

    Being the son of Alt-Country rebel Steve Earle (some tough shoes to fill indeed) this album shows that Justin may have listened to more Johnny Cash records than his dad did. Songs like "They Killed John Henry" and "Halfway to Jackson" are fine odes to the man in black. Truth to tell, Justin actually blazes his own trail on this record and is more loose and honkey tonk than his dad. However, his papa's influence does show up on some tunes such as "Someday I'll be forgiven for this", a touching goodbye song to a lover and ""Here we go again" which closes this very good record.

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