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Washington Square Serenade by Steve Earle (New
Looking ahead to the New Year, Steve Earle is in
with new wife Allison Moorer in support of his intriguingly
eclectic new album Washington Square Serenade.
It’s all change in Steve’s life, as he
has also relocated to Greenwich Village, New York,
from the Guitar Town of Nashville, a move reflected
in opener ‘Tennessee Blues’. This is simultaneously
Earle’s most adventurous and most laid back
album in some time, after the no-nonsense rawness
of Bush-baiters Jerusalem (2002) and The
Revolution Starts...Now (2004). The variety can
be felt on the folk rap of ‘Satellite Radio’,
with its hip-hop beats, and the urban Tropicana of
‘City of Immigrants’, courtesy of Forro
In The Dark’s traditional Brazilian rhythms.
Needless to say, love songs to the new Ms. Earle are
also present, in ‘Sparkle and Shine’ and
‘Days Aren’t Long Enough’, the latter
a co-written duet with Moorer.
First published in Magill, December/January