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Jerusalem album cover
Ashes To Ashes
Amerika v6.0 (The Best We Can Do)
Conspiracy Theory
John Walker's Blues
The Kind
What's A Simple Man To Do?
The Truth
Go Amanda
I Remember You
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 36:25

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Quick, what’s far and away the best musical response to 9/11 ever written? The Rising? Please. Try this, buckos. Wherein the ever-passionate Steve gets an even bigger palette to work with and gets branded a traitor for suggesting that surrendering our freedoms in the name of “national security” might just be a little antithetical to the Constitution, as well as to most other definitions of America. And oh yeah, he's not terribly happy about Iraq, either. Go figure. And 10 years later, is anyone surprised anymore?

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Right in the middle of his best period


Most people will point out the most overt political songs, but the more subtle political song Jerusalem is heartbreakingly beautiful. The Kind is a fun little ditty. The album doesn't really hold together as a theme , but it is full of gems. Download the whole thing.

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great record


in particular, tracks 2, 4, 5 and 6, not to mention the moving title track are all worthy downloads, whether you're a fan or not. this is as good as american pop/rock music gets in this decade.

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One of his best


The whole album is great. My favourite is "I Remember You, but the title track is special too. Look the duets he does with the females, particularly Emmylou. Great contrasts in voices and delivery.

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Love the duet with Emmylou...


My favorite here is "I Remember You," a duet featuring the always-fantastic, always-soulful Emmylou Harris. Nothing political in this track... just a good (bitter)sweet song about a love lived, lost, yet never forgotten. "Do you ever miss me the way that I do / When I remember you?"

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A good album. Lots of variety. Good music, great stories, well performed. A very enjoyable listen. I'd give it 4.5 stars, really.

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Relevant and Powerful


Very diverse set of music from rock, blues, and country mixed in wih an attitude and deep meaning including intertwining religious, political, and social messages. Most importantly great music. Probably way to too deep a CD for our drive-thru society to be popular. America v6 is definitely the best tune followed by Ashes to Ashes. I liked Conspiracy Theory with it's Beck-like feel. Love the provacative/controvesial lyrics on JW Blues but wasn't overly crazy about the music on that tune. Very good stuff overall. Highly recommended.

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Rob's emusic review kind of sums up the high points of this release, but let me just that all the tracks are excellent. 'John Walkers Blues' deserves to be a classic, but I can add on 'Ashes to Ashes' and 'Amerika v6.0' as being high points of this collection. But overall, this is one CD that you can risk downloading the whole set. There is not a wrong track here...

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Say what you will about him, but Steve Earle has never been afraid of getting people mad at him if he thought it was the right thing to do, and since his mid-’90s career rebirth after overcoming multiple drug addictions, Earle seems far more interested in stirring people up with a productive purpose in mind rather than cheesing folks off just for the hell of it. Like nearly everyone in the United States, Earle was struck with anger and confusion following the events of September 11, 2001, and his thoughts on the subject form the backbone of his album Jerusalem. But instead of an appeal to patriotism or a tribute to the fallen, Earle has crafted a vision of America thrown into chaos, where the falling of the World Trade Center towers is just another symbol of a larger malaise which surrounds us. Before its release, Jerusalem already generated no small controversy over the song “John Walker’s Blues,” which tells the tale of “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh as seen through his own eyes. While “John Walker’s Blues” is no more an endorsement of Lindh’s actions than Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” was a tribute to mass-murderer Charles Starkweather, even though it’s one of the album’s strongest songs, if anything, it doesn’t go quite far enough. While Earle’s thumbnail sketch of how an American boy could find a truth in the words of Mohammad rings true, it never quite explains making the leap from studying Islam to taking up arms thousands of miles from home. Still, it’s makes the point that the issues of our new “war on terrorism” are as relevant to our own backyards as the Middle East. As Earle tries to sort out the hows and whys of our news fears in “Ashes to Ashes” and “Conspiracy Theory,” he can’t help but think of other evidence of the erosion of the American dreams — the growing gulf between the rich and the poor (“Amerika V. 6.0 (The Best We Can Do)”), the flaws of our judicial system (“The Truth”), illegal aliens chasing their own bit of an increasing elusive prosperity (“What’s A Simple Man to Do”). Earle asks a lot of questions on Jerusalem for which no one has the answers, but for all the rage, puzzlement, and remorse of these songs, the title track closes the album with a message of fervent hope — that the answers can’t be found in hate or violence, but peace and forgiveness. Jerusalem is the work of a thinking troublemaker with a loving heart, and while more than a few people will be angered by some of his views, Earle asks too many important questions to ignore, and the album is a brave and thought-provoking work of political art. – Mark Deming

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