What I Really Mean

What I Really Mean

by Robert Earl Keen Jr.
     
 

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. has built a career out of making albums that straddle the line between the thoughtful and the comic, and twenty years into the game he isn't about to stop now -- nor should he, since he's still quite good at it. What I Really Mean, Keen's ninth studio set, typically veers back and forth between compelling meditations on life and love (suchSee more details below

Overview

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. has built a career out of making albums that straddle the line between the thoughtful and the comic, and twenty years into the game he isn't about to stop now -- nor should he, since he's still quite good at it. What I Really Mean, Keen's ninth studio set, typically veers back and forth between compelling meditations on life and love (such as the sweeping album opener "For Love," the impassioned "The Wild Ones," and the lonesome travelogue of the title cut), and surreal comic vignettes which show that his sense of humor is getting a bit stranger with the passage of time. "The Great Hank" imagines meeting a risen Hank Williams as he performs in drag in Pennsylvania; "Mr. Wolf and Mamabear" takes an old fairy tale into wholly unexpected directions, and "A Border Tragedy" is easily the oddest of his many tunes about traveling through Mexico (with a beautiful but wildly incongruous cameo from Ray Price). If there's news here, it's that after years of being regarded as a songwriter who isn't much of a singer, Keen has been gaining an impressive new control of his instrument, and What I Really Mean features some of his most compelling performances to date, especially on a superb cover of Jimmie Driftwood's "Long Chain," and the production by longtime associate Rich Brotherton shows him off to fine advantage. In some respects, What I Really Mean is "another Robert Earl Keen album," but it's also another good one, and shows he's still one of the most viable voices in the Texas singer/songwriter community.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2005
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0684038981021
catalogNumber:
9810
Rank:
218960

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Earl Keen   Primary Artist,Vocals
Danny Barnes   Banjo
Rich Brotherton   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Guitar,Cittern,national steel guitar,Vocal Harmony
Nick Connolly   Organ
Marty Muse   Steel Guitar
Riley Osbourne   Organ,Piano
Tom Van Schaik   Percussion,Drums
Bill Whitbeck   Bass,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
E.J. Jones   Northumbrian Smallpipes
John H.R. Mills   Soprano Saxophone
Eamon McLoughlin   Fiddle,Viola
Wendy Meeker   Violin,Group Member
Jorge Luis "Papiosko" Torres   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Raymundo Garcia   Trumpet,Group Member

Technical Credits

Rich Brotherton   Producer,Engineer
Robert Earl Keen   Composer
Stuart Sullivan   Engineer
Edward B. Marks   Composer
Bill Whitbeck   Composer
Robert Hadley   Mastering
Traditional   Composer

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