Justin Townes Earle. Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now (Bloodshot Records.2012)
Soulful Americana flirting with old school R&B
When you’re the humble son of Steve Earle and when your dad, for the sake of adding weight on your songwriter’s shoulders, named you after one of America’s greatest musician to have ever worn boots (yes, Van Zandt), well you must feel like you’d better deliver. Good news: Justin is on a sure path to surpassing his padre. Harlem River Blues was already a hell of a good album but Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now digs even deeper into the arrangements quality and mostly the melodies.
“I’ve gone in a Memphis-soul direction” says Earle. With this new record, he apparently decided to take a walk down the old school lover lane, heading south, mixing nostalgic looping melodies with trumpets, heartbreak stories and brilliant vocals. All the tracks on Nothing’s Gonna Change… and the title song above all are both extremely catchy without ever selling their soul to pure radio programming. What we got here is a true roots album flirting with Rockabilly (Baby’s Got A Bad Idea) as well as 60’s R&B serenades (Look The Other Way).
Room is made for ballads too (Am I That Lonely Tonight?, Unfortunately, Anna) and after ten tracks and only half an hour spent with Justin Townes Earle, no doubt that you will feel like walking in the rain humming along to “It’s a shaame babe…”. Go on, try not to.