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Sturgill Simpson

  • High Top Mountain [High Top Mountain, 2013] **
  • Metamodern Sounds in Country Music [High Top/Thirty Tigers, 2014] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

High Top Mountain [High Top Mountain, 2013]
Hard to believe the big bad label guy told him to write about outlaws when he loved his daddy so much ("Life Ain't Fair and the World Is Mean," "King Coal") **

Metamodern Sounds in Country Music [High Top/Thirty Tigers, 2014]
Exactly how deep you find his songs depends on whether you find Waylon Jennings more moving than George Jones or Willie Nelson and the extent of your attraction to psychedelic drugs and Tibetan or any other kind of Buddhism. "Turtles All the Way Down" is one of the great tripping songs. "It Ain't All Flowers" is trip-hop country. And when he says love is all that matters I believe he means it. But I didn't need him to tell me that. I'd just as soon he tell me about coal mining, or what must be an interesting marriage. B+