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Title:
dwightyoakamacoustic.net
Author:
Yoakam, Dwight.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Reprise Records, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.
Language:
English
Contents:
Bury me (3:12) -- 1,000 miles (4:02) -- Little sister (3:20) -- Please, please baby (2:04) -- It won't hurt (4:00) -- I'll be gone (2:30) -- Johnson's love (4:24) -- Little ways (2:56) -- This drinkin' will kill me (2:44) -- Nothing's changed here (2:59) -- Throughout all time (2:58) -- Sad, sad music (2:09) -- It only hurts when I cry (2:27) -- Buenasnoches from a lonely room (she wore red dresses)(3:47) -- The distance between you and me (2:06) -- A thousand miles from nowhere (3:13) -- Two doors down (4:38) -- Readin', rightin', rt.23 (4:08) -- If there was a way (2:33) -- Fast as you (3:55) -- Home for sale (3:01) -- A long way home (2:52) -- Lonesome roads (2:48) -- Things change (3:07) -- Guitars, Cadillacs (1:50).
UPC:
093624771425
Format :
Music CD

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At first glance, dwightyoakamacoustic.net might look like a simple re-recorded greatest-hits album that's pleasant but unnecessary. However, the spontaneity and depth of these performances should give any Yoakam fan pause before dismissing it out of hand. Other than the fact that it has no discernible connection to the Internet, the album is exactly what the title promises: aside from one electric-guitar overdub, it's nothing but Yoakam and an acoustic guitar the whole way through. This ultra-stripped-down setting gives Yoakam a chance to establish an intimacy of performance that relies simply on the expressiveness of his voice and his ability to fill up space with compelling guitar work. To a certain extent, Yoakam could be handicapped by the familiarity of most of these songs, but revisiting one's back catalog is certainly not without precedent; outlaw country's biggest stars frequently re-recorded old favorites to reflect their changing sounds. Besides, he's generally successful at reinventing this selection of hits and top-notch album tracks for the album's solo format. Without much to concentrate on other than emotive power in Yoakam's voice, the heartbreaking ballads are that much more affecting, culminating in the a cappella, album-closing rendition of the once uptempo "Guitars, Cadillacs." The approach also helps evoke the wide-open spaces of songs like "Bury Me" and "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere." Not everything here is revelatory -- in the end, some songs are merely pleasant -- but overall, dwightyoakamacoustic.net is a left-field success, a testament to the richness of Yoakam's back catalog and his skill as an interpreter. ~ Steve Huey


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