If you have even peep’d on Twitter today you know that the Turnpike Troubadours have a new album. Do you want to hear it? I am sure that you do so you TOO can tweet about how much you like it. (That is the sound of me rolling my eyes.) I like it and I am not rolling my eyes because it’s not great, I am saying that because even if it is pretty damned awesome…I am in a bad mood and I am sick of people being so moved by music that has only been out for 4 hours. Really? It changed your life in that short of a time? Bitch, please. I have a hard time buying that shit sometimes. If you are still tweeting about it this time next month when you don’t see everyone else doing it, then I will believe you.
I personally like the album because it seems like all the songs are about fucked up relationships. I dig that. I live that.
Now that I have completely alienated my entire reading audience, you can click here to listen to the entire album for free.
Here are some of the rave reviews coming in for the Blog-o-shere:
When a band puts on a killer live show, the intricacies of their music don’t always translate to a recorded album. Not so with the Turnpike Troubadours. One listen to their brand-new CD, Goodbye Normal Street and you see why the band’s barroom success has led to major commercial appeal.
The five accomplished musicians who make up Turnpike Troubadours have certainly lived up to their name, gaining a huge fan following by tirelessly touring the so-called ‘Red Dirt’ circuits of the Southwest.
“When we first started playing, people couldn’t have cared less that we were there,” recalls frontman Evan Felker. “They were there to drink beer and raise hell and they didn’t really care what music was playing while they did it. But as we went on and as we got better, they started to listen. I mean, they were still drinking plenty of beer, but before too long, they were actually coming to hear us and asking us to play our songs, and not just covers of traditional favorites.”
With influences that range from country and bluegrass to hard rock and even Creole music, the quintet has developed a unique sound that blends furious finger-pickin’ with insightful, relatable and sometimes defiant lyrics. Goodbye Normal Street, which hits stores today (May 8), is the Troubadours’ third full-length album.
“This time around, we tried to balance things out,” says bassist RC Edwards. “We wanted to combine the idea of getting something perfect, the way you can only do in a proper studio, with the energy of playing in front of a thousand people jumping around and screaming.”
“All the songs are about people we know,” adds Evan. “And yeah, some of them are probably about me to some degree -– the guy who ticks off the wrong girl from Arkansas, and the guy who doesn’t always like what he sees himself becoming. Mostly though, I think they’re just honest … This music, at its best, can put into words what we have been thinking for our entire lives.”