Turnpike Troubadours - Goodbye Normal Street

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1. Gin, Smoke, Lies	 4:37
2. Before The Devil Knows We're Dead	 3:54
3. Southeastern Son	 3:33
4. Blue Star	 3:23
5. Call A Spade a Spade	 4:36
6. Morgan Street	 3:43
7. Gone Gone Gone	 4:10
8. Good Lord Lorrie	 5:01
9. Empty As A Drum	 3:29
10. Wrecked	 4:59
11. Quit While I'm Ahead	 4:01

A few years back, Turnpike Troubadours took the Texas/Red Dirt scene by storm with their sophomore release Diamonds and Gasoline. It was a slow moving storm fueled by word of mouth and the strongest, most personal collection of songs on one album since Randy Rogers BandΓÇÖs Rollercoaster. On May 8, Turnpike releases their third record, Goodbye Normal Street.

As with the bandΓÇÖs first two albums, Goodbye Normal Street is anchored by frontman Evan FelkerΓÇÖs songwriting. Felker has cultivated a knack for boiling the most complex human entanglements and emotions into tight tunes full of descriptive lyrics and catchy melodies. Over three albums, along with bassist RC Edwards, Felker has created a distinct musical brand. Turnpike songs have a specific vibe, mood and structure that makes them truly unique.

Their is a darker edge to the songs on this record when compared to the previous two albums. Whether that was intentional or the result of a more hectic lifestyle and touring schedule, is not clear. What one can be certain of is that itΓÇÖs a welcome new element to the bandΓÇÖs repertoire.

Goodbye Normal Street kicks off with lead single, ΓÇ£Gin, Smoke, LiesΓÇ¥. A rolling banjo paired with a pounding kick drum turns the classic cheating song on its ear. This is no barroom weeper. This is an adrenaline fueled ride through the ruins of a relationship. Followed by Kyle NixΓÇÖs rapidfire fiddle breakdowns in ΓÇ£Before the Devil Knows WeΓÇÖre DeadΓÇ¥ and itΓÇÖs quickly apparent that the Turnpike Troubadours have struck musical gold once again.

The intelligent, world weariness found in previous tunes like “1968″ and “The Funeral” show up in “Blue Star” and “Southeastern Son”. And the pace slows down on songs like “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Wrecked”. It’s classic country heartbreak reformatted into the Turnpike wheelhouse. Jamie Wilson even pops up for a moving duet on “Call a Spade a Spade” and her Emmylou Harris wail is a nice complement to the song and Felker.

As a vocalist, Felker has always been adept at conveying what the song called for, but now heΓÇÖs added an extra layer of authenticity and believablity to his vocals that makes the listener feel each syllable as if it were their own autobiography. When paired with the beastly and versatile lead guitar playing of Ryan Engleman, itΓÇÖs a potent mixture.

Goodbye Normal Street solidifies Turnpike Troubadours as the next great band in the Red Dirt canon and ensures that theyΓÇÖre going to be at the top of the heap for a while. TheyΓÇÖre producing the type of authentic consistency that fans of Texas/Red Dirt crave and mainstream fans canΓÇÖt help but fall in love with.		
Turnpike Troubadours - Goodbye Normal Street/01 Gin Smoke & Lies.flac 31.29 MB
Turnpike Troubadours - Goodbye Normal Street/02 Before the Devil Knows We're Dead.flac 28.005 MB
Turnpike Troubadours - Goodbye Normal Street/03 Southeastern Son.flac 24.897 MB
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