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“Metamodern Sounds In Country Music,” Sturgill Simpson
Release date: May 13, 2014
Why we like it: By the end of “Metamodern,” it’s clear that Simpson has taken his influences— Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Elvis Presley—and come up with something that is its own creature on an album filled with sex, drugs, magic, and rock and roll. Remember how you felt the first time you heard Dwight Yoakam and realized he’d found a new way to say the same old thing? So has Simpson. - Melinda Newman