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The Outsider (Music - Rodney Crowell) Rodney Crowell's last two discs ditched country for deeply introspective reflections; although justly acclaimed, they were too navel-directed to ...The Outsider (Music - Rodney Crowell)Country Rodney Crowell's last two discs ditched country for deeply introspective reflections; although justly acclaimed, they were too navel-directed to ...2005-08-15
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The Outsider (Music - Rodney Crowell)

Genre: Country; Lead Performer: Rodney Crowell; Status: In Season

Rodney Crowell’s last two discs ditched country for deeply introspective reflections; although justly acclaimed, they were too navel-directed to honestly be much fun. Now on The Outsiders, he’s looking outward, angry about America’s sociopolitical landscape — but while agitprop usually augurs even less playfulness than autobiography, this indignation gets him rocking so righteously that the album’s an unexpected ball. For a chill-out on this career-best, he duets with Emmylou on a gorgeously key-shifting cover of Dylan’s ”Shelter From the Storm.”

Originally posted August 15 2005 — 12:00 AM EDT

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