Before listening to Justin Townes Earle’s new album, Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, you need to listen to his back catalog. There is a subtle progress from his last album, Harlem River Blues, with all of its gospel trappings, romantic desires, and personal remorse, but underneath all of those things is soul. So, on Earle’s latest release we find him still dealing with these issues, but we also find him clearly and easily focusing on his family issues in a soulful way. It’s not this new soul, R&B stuff you’re hearing among the indie crowd, but soul the way it has always meant to be heard — smooth and unadulterated.
Bringing a touch of Sun Studios into the 21st Century, Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now grooves and rocks with ten tracks filled with organs and horns. The title track would be a bit heavy and drag had it not been for the genius of the horns which seems to lift and lighten it. The horns seem to bring a new life and dimension to what would otherwise be just plain ol’ terrific JTE songs, but the new element is an example of growth and a great tunesmith. And, always a great songwriter, JTE bookends Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now with “Am I That Lonely Tonight?” and “Movin’ On” both songs that reflect a new clarity and focus when writing about his familial issues.
Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me is an album that showcases the greatness of a great artist. In my humble opinion, it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread in 2012.
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