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Ratings and reviews for Reckless

Ratings and reviews for Reckless
4.9
based on 29 rating(s)
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Price: $11.98 $9.99 (21% off)
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Artist(s): SteelDrivers
Release Date: 9/7/2010
Binding: Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Rounder
Manufacturer: Rounder
Product Group: Music
Genre: Country - Bluegrass
Sales Rank: 1144
Description: 2011 GRAMMY NOMINEE: BEST COUNTRY PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS & BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM

The SteelDrivers, the distinctive combo who uniquely meld back-country high lonesome and Delta soul, return with their much anticipated follow up to their acclaimed Rounder Records' self-titled 2008 debut. Returning to the studio with producer Luke Wooten (Alison Krauss, Jim Lauderdale and Dierks Bentley), the follow up continues to stretch the boundaries of bluegrass.
UPC: 011661062429

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amazon logo Robert Johnson meets Bill Monroe
What a shame that this band lost Chris Stapleton. Not only can the guy sing with more power and soul than just about anyone else in any music genre today, but he is apparently a great songwriter as well. He co-wrote most of the tunes in this collection with Steeldrivers guitarist/mandolinist Mike Henderson (who's no slouch himself). I liked the first Steeldrivers CD so much that I was sure "Reckless" would be a disappointment, but was I ever wrong. There's really not a bad cut on the CD, but standouts include "Peacemaker" and "Ghosts of Mississippi." Mike Henderson's bottleneck playing on a National steel combines perfectly with the rest of the band in kind of a Robert Johnson meets Bill Monroe sound that absolutely rocks! Tammy Rodgers on fiddle and harmony vocal and Richard Bailey on banjo are stellar as before. Rodgers' voice blends perfectly with Stapleton's and she favors bluesy sounding harmonies that really transform the songs. The banjo playing is also imaginative and remarkably free of cliches. If you like your bluegrass with a side of blues , you will love this CD.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Where The Rainbows Never Die
I came to the Steeldrivers through Mike Henderson's Bluebloods, a fabulous blues band which issued 'First Blood' and 'Thicker Than Water' in the late 1990s. Solos from Henderson's guitar and John Jarvis' piano always surprised and were never clichéd like so many others, and this from Nashville session musos! So, I checked Amazon recently to see if the Bluebloods had issued another album, and I found that Henderson had formed a rootsy bluegrass unit called The Steeldrivers. Soon after I discovered an excellent Rounder compilation called Sinner's Prayer and The Steeldrivers track 'If It Hadn't Been For Love' was in the prime second spot. I was impressed. Then, while down in Melbourne I found their initial CD in a second hand store, couldn't believe my luck! So I ordered Reckless through Amazon and I've been listening to it for a couple of weeks.

I thought the first album was great, but Reckless for my taste surpasses it. I like the addition of Henderson's earthy resonator guitar (if only for a couple of tracks), Tammy Rogers' double tracked fiddle in (discrete) parts, and Chris Stapleton's rough hewn oak of a voice is even more passionate. Stapleton's replacement for the next album Gary Nichols is also a singer songwriter with soul - check the video of Good Corn Liquor - but songs on his MySpace site show a smoother mainstream approach and The Steeldrivers' next release will be interesting to say the least.

Overall the songs on Reckless have more of a blues/gospel flavour infusing the country. The lyrics, as with the first, are immediate and poetic in parts ''Mercy ain't got no judgement/Justice got a rag tied around her eyes'' (from The Price), ''There are walls made of paper/ and walls made of stone/ And some that are made out of livin' alone'' (from Higher Than The Wall), ''the flames have turned to ashes/but there's still some embers left'' (from You Put the Hurt on Me). The song Can You Run deals with a slave running for freedom, the song Peacemaker is sung from a gun's point of view, shot with irony.

Musically this band is stellar and all members have impressive credentials. Banjo player Richard Bailey weaves through each song with his deft melodic picking and rhythmic embellishments. Tammy Rogers plays fiddle with effortless flare, and fire where needed, and her backing vocal harmonies with bassist Mike Fleming are tight with a raw edge. As with the first album Mike Henderson seems content with almost a background role, not one vocal and usually rhythmic chops on the mandolin but when he takes a solo it flies. Check out Angel of the Night for virtuoso playing from all, Chris Stapleton's rhythmic drive kicks off with a minor key, Tammy's fiddle lights up the sky (you are reminded of Dylan's live Hurricane from Rolling Thunder), then complementary solos from Henderson and Bailey and Tammy again are stunning.

There is not a single filler on this album; all tracks are so good. I can't choose a highlight, maybe on initial listening I might have said Good Corn Liquor, Can You Run, or Ghosts of Mississippi but the more I listened the more I heard; the ballads have become stronger. A really classic album always reveals more, and this one has power, depth and soul. It resonates. It is organic, unpretentious, light years from slick Nashville sounds and it is encouraging to note that the group is based there.

It seems that they play together to enjoy the discovery of the music which emerges. Ok most groups do that you might say. Yes but most groups don't have the expertise and imagination of these players. I'd place it with Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Muleskinner, Buddy Miller's Universal United House of Prayer, Steve Earle's Jerusalem, Kane Welch and Kaplin's Lost John Dean, Bela Fleck's Throw Down Your Heart, Ry Cooder and Ali Farka Toure's Talkin' Timbuktu. Booklet notes by Larry Nager are well written and informative and thankfully for my Aussie ears the lyrics are included!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Bluegrass + SteelDrivers = SteelGrass
This is bluegrass with an edge. I never listened to bluegrass before the SteelDrivers. Second release is even better than the first. The Steeldrivers The band is at the top of thier game here. Every song is a gem. You can find a little bit of every music style blended to perfection. No matter what you like to listen to, there is something here you will enjoy. The lead singer, Chris Stapleton has left the band, but check out his myspace page and his rock band The Jompson Brothers myspace page for a few more tasty treats. This guy is one hell of a story teller and his voice is second to none.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo The SteelDrivers' Reckless in 5 Sentences or Fewer
The SteelDrivers came VERY close to matching the best album of 2008 (their debut) and that's no small feat. Their songwriting, harmonies, and dark blend of bluegrass and blues are un-f'ing-stoppable again on Reckless. There isn't a bad song on the album and ask yourself honestly, how often can you say that? This is a rare band my friends so buy it now. I did.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo SteelDrivers - Reckless
I liked the new SteelDrivers CD, "Reckless" very much. However, I don't think it comes near their debut CD called "The SteelDrivers".
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo They Put the Blues in Blue Grass
I loved the first album and much like other reviewers, I was afraid this one just wouldn't hold up to the how great the first 1 was. But it did, I especially like "Ghosts Of Mississippi", "Peacemaker" and "The Price". The whole damn album is excellent. Keep up the good work.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Awesome music!!
Best album ever from my favorite band! Can't say enough about Gary Nichols voice! Just phenominal!!! Highly recomend this album!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo My new favorite album
I tend to shop for music that I can listen to the entire album, rather than just one song. While there are a couple of standout songs on this album, the entire thing is a work of art. I enjoy this particular album so much, I think it may have ruined the rest of the bluegrass genre for me. Nothing else seems to be able to touch it that I have yet discovered.

The only problem with diving into this album is the realization that The Steeldrivers only have two albums and the lead singer, with his smoky, soulful voice, has left the band. Regardless, this one has a permanent place on my shelf. I would recommend it to anyone that likes music that harkens back to simpler times, tells stories, and does it all with feeling.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Steeldrivers Review
Great CD - Steeldrivers have a great sound. They make the instruments speak and their voices are great.Love this one as much as their first one.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Steeldrivers
This is a great group and a great CD. If you like bluegrass, you want to listen to The Steeldrivers.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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