Dwight Yoakam recalibrated his career with 2012's 3 Pears, returning to his former home of Warner and reconnecting to the nerviness of his first albums. With Second Hand Heart, Yoakam continues this unfussy revival, sharpening his attack so the record breezes by at a crisp, crackling clip. Once again, he's reviving himself through reconnecting the past but what gives Second Hand Heart life is specificity, both in its songs and sound. The former is what makes the greatest initial impression, as it seems as if he's synthesized all the big Capitol Records acts of 1966 into one bright, ringing sound. To be sure, there's a fair amount of Bakersfield here, especially apparent on the loping drawl of "Off Your Mind" and the crackerjack rockabilly of "The Big Time," but the Beatles loom even larger than Buck Owens, surfacing in the chiming 12-strings of "Believe" and harmonies of "She" and evident in the general spirit of adventure that fuels Second Hand Heart. Some of Dwight's tricks are familiar -- the jet propulsion of "Man of Constant Sorrow" borrows a page from the glory days of cowpunk -- but his execution is precise and he never lets the record settle in one groove for too long, not even when he tears through "Sorrow," "Liar," and "The Big Time" at a breakneck pace. Such sequencing gives Second Hand Heart momentum but what lasts are the songs, a collection of ten tunes -- all originals save the standard "Sorrow" and the sweet denouement "V's of Birds" -- that are sturdy yet sly, their hooks sinking into the subconscious without ever drawing attention to themselves. All this means is that Second Hand Heart is prime Dwight Yoakam: traditional yet modern, flashy yet modest, a record that feels fresh but also like a forgotten classic.
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Performance CreditsDwight Yoakam Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jonathan Clark Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Guitar (Electric Baritone),Vocal Harmony,Guitar (Baritone)
Mitch Marine Percussion,Drums
Eugene Edwards Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Electric Sitar
Brian Whelan Organ,Harmonica,Mandolin,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Guitar (Tremolo)
Technical CreditsDwight Yoakam Arranger,Composer,Producer
Chris Lord-Alge Producer
Anthony Crawford Composer
Marc DeSisto Engineer
Lenny Waronker Executive Producer
Armando García Guitar Techician
Steve Moore Guitar Techician,Instrument Technician
Andrew Schubert Engineer
Alex Tenta Art Direction
Justin Barton Grimley Drum Technician
Adam Chagnon Engineer
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Second Hand Heart based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
No one does it like Dwight Yoakam. He deserves more credit in the music industry than he receives. I have all of his albums and I play them often. He never disappoints with his music. He can go from the saddest country song to rockin it out . His lyrics, you can tell, come from his soul and probably from his life experiences. You should buy this CD, you must buy this CD if you are a true Dwight Yoakam fan. He is Number 1 in my book.