7/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 28th October 2014
Sturgill Simpson described “High Top Mountain” the album prior to “Metamodern Sounds In Country Music”, as a “hard” country album. After hearing it I’m guessing that he meant something in the vein of the so-called “country outlaws” such as Waylon Jennings et al.
Here though, he softens up a bit. The ballad that opens the album “Turtles All The Way Down” sounds like late 60s era Elvis. Whilst this doesn’t have the cross-over appeal of say, Gram Parsons, there is still a more here to entice a wider audience than his previous album may have done with songs like “Just Let Go” and “It All Ain’t Light”. The features some "Tomorrow Never Knows" style tape reversal experimentation and one could argue that it almost dips a toe in Flaming Lips waters. This is however, still very much a country album, which is great if that's your bag.
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