John Prine (studio album) by John Prine
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torture. monotone twangy insipid rhyming
Grande atmosfera e líricas incríveis, mas confesso que terei que ouvir mais algumas vezes para gostar de verdade.
My relationship with John Prine pretty much begins and ends with this album. But it's a genuine favorite.
"Timeless" is a word that gets used far too often when people express praise for albums, but it's the right word to describe John Prine's debut album. When I was in my twenties, I played guitar often with friends I worked with in environmental education, and many of the songs we played together came from a folk songbook called Rise Up Singing, a book my buddy Mike calls "the Bible." A number of John Prine's songs appear there, and at the time I didn't know who he was. I've come to understand him as one of America's most important folk songwriters, alongside Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. The song on this album that flipped the switch for me is the classic environmentalist credo "Paradise," but every song on this album is beautiful and important, yet often funny and self effacing.
"John Prine" is a delightful folk album easily up there with the likes of "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme", "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" or "Sweet Baby James." Admittedly, it's greatest weakness is that the songs can sometimes be a hair trite ("Hello In There") However, the album works very well as a whole, featuring an excellent mixture of material while remaining squarely in the folk genre. We have the humorous country of "Spanish Pipedream", the bluesy "Pretty Good", the zydeco of "Flashback Blues", and the George Harrison influenced sweep of "Angel from Montgomery."
I must reserve special praise for the bluegrass "Paradise", now here is a song: Prine wrote this story of a small town overun by coal interests from his own personal experience. How incredibly cool that the town was called "Paradise" and it was on the "Green River", you can literally find all of this on Google maps! The end result: a song as personal and immediate as it is enduring and even mythological: you can literally feel a classic American song being born. Just brilliant.
Prine said that he has trouble listening to this album because of the nervous shake in his voice, present on songs like "Donald and Lydia." Really, this adds a lot of character and warmth to his singing. Imagine hearing a record today with that kind of nervous shake! I miss the 70s.
I've just started wandering into the realm of country music. I've lived in NYC my whole life so I really haven't experienced much country music. However, I listened to this album on the subway yesterday and I cried through the whole thing. One of the most powerful albums I've heard in a long time.
John Prine: A national f*cking treasure.... And I'm talkin' about the dude here.... the man and his many fabulous albums... a former Chicago postman, "discovered" by Kris K., this s/t debut is a stunner.... But he has many many other consistent, start to finish, excellent albums... also try "Diamonds in the Rough", "Sweet Revenge", "Bruised Orange", and the later live "German Afternoons".... them's all prime Prine....
A stellar album from start to finish. There are some great tracks, Spanish Pipedream, Sam Stone, Flag Decal, but really the album just works as a whole. Some hilarious lines as well.
John Prine really really really needs more love.
If I were a music critic, I don't think I would have any other choice but to give this album a perfect rating. Great country/bluegrass. Lyrics can make you laugh sometimes. Just not my thing though, not do I think I'll ever be able to get 'into' it. But still worth a listen.
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