Album Review: Justin Townes Earle – Kids In The Street

On his seventh album, Justin Townes Earle brings a light and almost lighthearted sound to his folky troubadour ways. Employing Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes as a producer this go round , we truly get to see a lot more color on the 12 tracks of Kids In The Street.

Lead single Champagne Corolla is a bluesy rock tale of a girl about town, whilst on Maybe A Moment we are treated to a playful escapist and hopeful view of the world. The very traditional country tune What She’s Crying For shows care and control for Earle’s story telling and through his exploration of rockabilly and prison life, we get 15-25.

On the title track, Earle slows things down for a retrospective tune about childhood, growing up, and things changing. Not to breakdown every track on the album I must say that Justin Townes Earle explores many different styles on this album and all are produced with high quality. Earle even tackles a traditional country murder-ballad, but with his updated narrative in the rollicking Same Old Stagolee. Favorite tracks are found at the end of the album however, in Trouble Is and There Go A Fool.

Justin Townes Earle delivers a strong album with his distinct voice and storytelling skills. It’s not a depressing country folk album – with marriage and a new baby, Earle delivers positivity and creative tunes throughout.

Jake Krickhan