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Blame the Vain

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Blame the Vain
Lucky That Way
Intentional Heartache
Does It Show
Three Good Reasons
Just Passin' Time
I'll Pretend
She'll Remember
I Wanna Love Again
When I First Came Here
Watch Out
The Last Heart in Line
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 44:13

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The Main Man


Who else in CMT can Cover All Genres of music? From Tired of waiting For You, to Travelers Lantern. Dwight is always doing cover albums and they are fantastic. I think he is an under rated writer as well..

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Being a Big Dwight Fan


I have to admit that Dwight has done little over the years to disappoint me. This album is one of his best though. It's fun to listen to Blame the Vain and then go back and listen to Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc, Etc and hear just how far the artist has come. No one makes music quite their own like Dwight, through all his incarnations. Another great album from an artist that can't miss.

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I blame Dwight


His style of country music...keeps me a country music fan...and this album is no exception.

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Paul from Boston


Some of the best Honky Tonk I've heard in a while. This is the album I've been waiting for.

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phenomenal album


Maybe my favorite album of all time, though I'm a huge Yoakam fan. There isn't a weak track on the album. The title track is outstanding, the ballads are well-written, and "Intentional Heartache" and "Three Good Reasons" are fun songs with classic country style.

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country just doesn't get any better than this!


I guess you could say that I'm still just getting into Dwight Yoakam, only owning this album and the also excellent 'This Time' so far. I find it difficult to put into words how brilliant Yoakam's take on country music truely is, but it is very comforting that after all these years he can still put out a record as good as Blame the Vain. The melodies, the attitude, the just flat out solid tunes make this album great, but the playful moments that show Dwight doesn't take himself too seriously really put it over the top. The spoken parts on 'Intentional Heartache' are perfect hilbilly fun, and the intro to 'She'll Remember' makes me grin every time. I can't wait to see what's next for the best country artist of my generation. This is a must own neo-tradionalist masterpiece.

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What is with the bizarre techno-pop intro on "She'll Remember" Is this intentional? Just doesnt seem to fit.

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How lucky we are as members of emusic to have the New West catalogue to select from. I bought Guitars, Cadillacs and the other early Dwight albums when they first came out and thought they were terrific. I then purchased others throughout the 90's and he has always been top quality honky tonk. Now, I will go back and add in these more recent ones on the strength of "Blame the Vain" which simply highlights just how good he is and how consistently strong his sound and music have been over all these years. There's nothing new here, but why even think about changing things when they obviously don't need fixing. He is, without doubt, a one off who remains at the top of the country tree whilst steering well clear of Nashville.

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Alright Dwight


Oh, yea. This is honky tonk's solid base. Give a listen and like it, or go out and sit in the truck.

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just amazing


his voice, the riffs, the songs - this album is better than anything nashville is serving up.

They Say All Music Guide

When Dwight Yoakam burst onto the charts with his first album in 1986, he was the young honky tonk firebrand who set out to remind Nashville of its noble past and celebrate the accomplishments of Bakersfield heroes such as Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. The irony is that nearly 20 years later, Yoakam is in pretty much the same boat as the artists he championed in the 1980s — he’s a respected veteran of the country scene who still has a loyal audience but lost the interest of the major labels and isn’t drawing the attention he used to get. But if any of this troubles him, you’d never guess to listen to 2005′s Blame the Vain, which is his sharpest and liveliest set in some time. With Yoakam producing himself for a change without the help of longtime studio partner Pete Anderson, Blame the Vain also finds him fronting a new band anchored by guitarist Keith Gattis, and the new blood seems to have done wonders for Yoakam — while he wasn’t exactly in a slump, Blame the Vain boasts a sharper and more energetic approach than his last several efforts, with “Just Passin’ Time,” “Three Good Reasons,” and the title cut revealing that Yoakam is still a honky tonk man supreme. Elsewhere, the whacked-out intro to “She’ll Remember” and the ad-libbed final rant on “Intentional Heartache” show Yoakam’s firmly in touch with his inner goofball weirdo, the songwriting is both literate and down-home in the manner of his best work, and he sings up a storm from front to back. Two decades into his career, Dwight Yoakam is still the man who is too country for Nashville, and on Blame the Vain he shows he’s got too much strength and soul to let anyone hold him down — this is inspired stuff from a rebel who still has plenty to offer. – Mark Deming

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