Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars... [CD]

  • Artist: Dwight Yoakam
  • SKU: 5581235
  • Release Date: 09/23/2016
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78% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 9)

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Dwight Yoakam Is Still an Interesting Artist

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    Travis
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    One of the things I appreciate about Dwight Yoakam as an artist is that when he puts together an album, it's an album, not a collection of ready-made radio singles with filler. He has an idea, sometimes more than one, that he explores with each new work. This time around, it was to revisit selections from his previous works through the filter of bluegrass arrangements. The "new take on old songs" conceit isn't particularly original, but I love that here again is an illustration of Dwight the innovator. The album opens with a new take on "What I Don't Know", an anthem of glorified misogyny and violent jealousy that was an album track way back on his third album, 1988's "Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room". At first it seems an unlikely contender to even make the roster of songs to be revisited here, let alone to open the album. But "What I Don't Know" was always very much in the tradition of the dark Appalachian murder ballad subgenre, which traces its roots back to the hills of Ireland and moors of Scotland. It's a troubling musical history, certainly, and I think part of my problem with the original recording of the song was that it was too straightforward. The murder ballad needs a certain air of theatricality, which wasn't there in '88. This time around, though, there's a furor created by the mandolins played by Adam Steffey and Jon Randall Stewart that makes "What I Don't Know" feel appropriately surreal. Yoakam's vocals are truly menacing and here he's created as threatening a villain in just 2:52 as he has in entire movies. Still, including the song is one thing; opening the album with it is another. Why risk alienating listeners by making us that uncomfortable as soon as we start playing the album? The answer, I'm certain, is that art shouldn't necessarily *be* comfortable. Yoakam's discography consists of a few hundred songs by now. Thematically, what ties together the ones chosen for the bluegrass treatment here is rejection; fear of it, anxiety over it, recovering from it. "What I Don't Know", unsettling as it is, serves as a thesis statement of sorts. True, any of the other songs here could alternately have performed the same function, but I don't think they would have so clearly set quite the same tone for the album. When other artists revisit their catalogs with a new thematic approach (bluegrass, for instance), it's often little more than their earlier songs playing dress-up. With Dwight Yoakam, though, it's a legitimate artistic exploration. How do the new arrangements change our relationships with once-familiar songs? How does the album sequencing change their relationships with one another? Few other artists make me wonder about these things the way Dwight Yoakam does. It's been 31 years since he caught my attention with "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc." and I love that he's still holding my attention all these years and albums later.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent, fresh return to bluegrass roots

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    JethroJaywo
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    I heard what I wasn't expecting to hear when the CD began playing. Excellent musicianship on a variety of stringed bluegrass instruments (Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Bass Fiddle, Fiddle, Mandolin). Yoakam's return to his bluegrass roots is surprisingly fresh with subtle melodic transitions into full accompaniments that will have even the most reserved listener tapping their toes and grinning from ear to ear. No other voice would fit and the harmonies are as if right out of the Kentucky backwoods. Grab some bourbon, dim the lights, press play and enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars Dwight Yoakam

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    jimmyz77
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    The most dramatic shifts in feel are found in Yoakam's intensified vocal performances, which are captured with backing singers in separate sessions that he conceived of as both a bluegrass answer to The Beach Boys and a nod to the West Coast history of cross-pollination between bluegrass pickers and country-rockers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not quite what I expected

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    RowdyOne
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    if you like bluegrass you will probably like this. If you are looking for typical Dwight music you may not like it as much. I like both but wasn't overjoyed when I didn't get what I was expecting. However, after a couple of times through it is starting to grow on me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great CD!!!

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    RM72
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    Dwight Yoakam can sing Bluegrass just about as well as he sings Country! Have listened to this CD several times already!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Interesting twist to some of Dwight's old songs.

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    Quail
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    I wish there had been more "covers" of music other than Dwight's previous releases. But I enjoyed the overall CD.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Like Dwight, Like Bluegrass

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    BetsyBoo
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    Always liked Dwight. Going to see him in concert this month. Wanted to have his new music.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A CD of Dwight Yoakam music

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    john
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    If you like Dwight Yoakam then you are probably going to buy this CD.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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