Beth Johnson
June 05, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Transcendental Blues

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Steve Earle
Producers
Artemis, E-Squared
genre
Pop, Rock

We gave it an A-

Steve Earle has always resisted categorization, and here, on ”Transcendental Blues,” he’s thrown open the gates. Winding through the psychedelic title track, the ”Rubber Soul”-ish pop, the garage rock, and the lovely ”Eire meets Tennessee” ”The Galway Girl,” ”Blues” is his musical road map. And as a man who knows heartache intimately (thanks to six divorces), he outdoes himself on ”Lonelier Than Ever.” A-

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