The Outsider

The Outsider

by Rodney CrowellRodney Crowell


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If you believe the world's a bit mad, you need to get close to The Outsider. Here, Rodney Crowell, one of the great writers and producers of his time, funnels his gifts into a major event of an album. His faith bubbles to the top, no matter how grim the current prospectus. "May God forgive us our insanity / and we'll keep pressing on," he intones on "We Can't Turn Back." He's singing with an authority born of unswerving commitment to his message, hitting some high, anguished notes that we've not heard from him before, or at least that have not been informed by this depth of passion. His rock 'n' roll band is second to none, fueled by guitarist Will Kimbrough, whose howling, searing solos on songs such as "Things That Go Bump in the Day" are the aural embodiment of the righteous anger fueling Crowell's pamphleteering. And he infuses his soundscapes with layers of acoustic and electric instruments, rhythm sections pounding ominously or thumping like a well-conditioned heart, and background voices shadowing his own like a ghostly Greek chorus throughout, Crowell again taking a page out of the Beatles' textbook. As always, his songs are top-notch. In the pounding "The Obscenity Prayer (Give It to Me)," he mercilessly scalds conspicuous consumption and unbridled greed, while on "Don't Get Me Started," he catalogues the madness born of "scamming for oil" in the Middle East. Crowell takes the measure of our times and finds us -- as in humanity -- wanting. And yet, in the end, he finds hope in "We Can't Turn Back," expressed in the jubilant, hearty strains of an Irish-tinged melody and a lyrical conceit that counsels perseverance against overwhelming odds. The Outsider is a humanistic masterpiece.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969447024
catalogNumber: 94470
Rank: 102208

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rodney Crowell   Primary Artist
Beth Nielsen Chapman   Background Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Spoken Word,Guest Appearance
John Prine   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Spoken Word,Guest Appearance
Julie Miller   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Richard Bennett   Guitar
Pat Buchanan   Guitar,Harmonica,Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos   Guitar
John Cowan   Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Steve Fischell   Steel Guitar
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Tony Harrell   Organ,Keyboards
John Hobbs   Organ,Keyboards
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Billy Livsey   Organ
Jerry McPherson   Guitar
Buddy Miller   Background Vocals
John Mock   Concertina,tin whistle
Greg Morrow   Drums
William Owsley   Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Vince Santoro   Background Vocals
Randy Scruggs   Flamenco Guitar
Steuart Smith   Guitar
J.D. Souther   Background Vocals
Crystal Taliefero   Background Vocals
Randall Waller   Background Vocals
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,String Quartet
Will Kimbrough   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Marcia Ramirez   Background Vocals
Trey Landrey   Drums
Jedd Hughes   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Background Vocals
Brodie Jenkins   Background Vocals
Kacie Jenkins   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rodney Crowell   Composer,Producer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Grady   Executive Producer
Peter Coleman   Producer,Engineer
Donivan Cowart   Engineer,Engineering
Jennifer Tzar   Cover Photo
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Sam Martin   Engineer
Deb Haus   Art Direction,Artist Development

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