We Still Love Our Country

Album Review of We Still Love Our Country by Carrie Rodriguez.

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We Still Love Our Country

Carrie Rodriguez

We Still Love Our Country by Carrie Rodriguez

Release Date: Oct 3, 2011
Record label: Ninth Street Opus
Genre(s): Country, Pop/Rock

70 Music Critic Score
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We Still Love Our Country - Fairly Good, Based on 2 Critics

PopMatters - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Why did two noted singer/songwriters get together to record an album of mostly classic country tunes penned by other artists? Who knows? The important thing is that the duo sounds like it is having a good time and pleasurably reinterpreting the material. Austin fiddler Carrie Rodriguez knows how to wrap her voice around a tune as well as let her instrument wail, weep, and laugh in accompaniment. And Romantica’s Ben Kyle understands the importance of keeping the music earnest, even deadpan, no matter how serious or silly the song.

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American Songwriter
Their review was positive

You won’t be able to hear this brief set of generally melancholy male/female country duets without referencing the similarly styled legendary work of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. And since three of the eight tracks on this barely 30 minute EP are associated with those two Americana icons, Carrie Rodriguez and Romantica frontman/songwriter Ben Kyle aren’t trying to discourage the comparisons. While these heartfelt performances may not meet the high Parsons/Harris watermark, they are every bit as committed to the material.

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