The Outsider (2005) 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… 2005-08-16 Rodney Crowell Country
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The Outsider (2005)

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Details Release Date: Aug 16, 2005; Lead Performance: Rodney Crowell; Genre: Country

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 Aug 12, 2005 Published in issue #834-835 Aug 19, 2005 Order article reprints