2. I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
3. Let Her Go, God Bless Her
4. What Is Home Without Love
5. Tiny Broken Heart
6. In the Pines
8. Katie Dear
9. My Brother's Will
10. Knoxville Girl
11. Take the News to Mother
12. Mary of the Wild Moor
Well, I'll just start with a quote from Knoxville Girl:
I met a little girl in Knoxville
A town we all know well
And every Sunday evening
Out in her home I'd dwell
We went to take an evening walk
About a mile from town
I picked a stick up off the ground
And knocked that fair girl down;
She fell down on her bended knees
For mercy she did cry
Oh, Willie dear, don't kill me here
I'm unprepared to die
She never spoke another word
I only beat her more
Until the ground around me
Within her blood did flow.
So, you'd probably expect this more from Nick Cave than close harmony 1956 country music, but still here it is. And there was no controversy whatsoever when this came out, it was just rednecky music from the mountains, if Eminem did a cover of the Louvin Brothers however... all hell would break lose.
I don't know what to tell ya'll 'cept this is a darn tootin' good album. If Man of Constant Sorrow from Oh Brother Where art Thou? left you begging for more, this is a good place to start. Songs like Kentucky, Alabama and the above mentioned Knoxville Girl are among the best of its kind and frankly much more exciting to listen to than Elvis, also because I didn't know them before this. This is the first album on the list that actually made me discover something new and interesting. However, it is probably not something that I will add to my Creative Zen but still it was quite a surprise how much I enjoyed it.
It's a pity that I will not be reviewing another one of their albums, Satan is Real as it has the most amazing cover in the Universe.
I summoned this album, by using the writings of Mad Abdul Alhazred.
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1. Knoxville Girl
Ira Louvin survived being shot by his third wife only to die in 1965 in a car crash with his latest bride.
Their necks were crimson.