Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine

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Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine
Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows.jpg
Compilation album by
Various artists
ReleasedJune 21, 2010 (2010-06-21)
GenreCountry music
Length44:00
LabelOh Boy Records

Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine is a 2010 tribute album consisting of covers of John Prine songs performed by various artists. The album was released on June 21, 2010, together with the Prine album In Person & On Stage,[1] on the label Prine started in 1981, Oh Boy Records. The album's title is a reference to a lyric from the Prine song "Souvenirs".[2] Justin Vernon, lead singer of Bon Iver, wrote some of the liner notes for the album, in which he describes his first time hearing Prine's music as a kid in his parents' car.[3]

Reception[edit]

The album met with mostly positive reviews upon its release, though Allison Stewart criticized it for excluding some of Prine's best songs and the musicians on the album for being "overly reverent."[4] Another lukewarm review came from PopMatters' Andrew Gilstrap, who wrote that "By and large, the various treatments on Broken Hearts don’t rock the boat too much. The vibe is far too amiable for anyone to strike out on a quest to provide their own definitive version of a Prine song."[5] A similar criticism was offered by Ken Tucker, who wrote that most of the bands on the album perform Prine's songs with "flat-footed awe" and criticized the album as "dreary".[6]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press3.5/5 stars[10]
The A.V. ClubB+[11]
MSN Music (Expert Witness)(choice cut)[8]
Paste8/10[12]
Pitchfork Media6.8/10[7]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[9]
Washington Post(positive)[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Prine.

No.TitlePerforming artistLength
1."Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)"Justin Vernon 
2."Wedding Day in Funeralville"Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band 
3."All the Best"My Morning Jacket 
4."Mexican Home"Josh Ritter 
5."Six O'Clock News"Lambchop 
6."Far From Me"Justin Townes Earle 
7."Spanish Pipedream"The Avett Brothers 
8."Angel from Montgomery"Old Crow Medicine Show 
9."The Late John Garfield Blues"Sara Watkins 
10."Daddy's Little Pumpkin"Drive-By Truckers 
11."Unwed Fathers"Liz Isenberg/Deer Tick 
12."Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian"Those Darlins 
Total length:44:00

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tamarkin, Jeff. "Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  2. ^ Huffman, Eddie (2015-03-15). John Prine: In Spite of Himself. University of Texas Press. p. 192. ISBN 9780292772441.
  3. ^ Boilen, Bob (13 June 2010). "First Listen: 'Broken Hearts And Dirty Windows: Songs Of John Prine'". NPR. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b Stewart, Allison (3 January 2011). "Review: 'Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine'". Washington Post. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  5. ^ Gilstrap, Andrew (23 May 2010). "Souvenirs: The Enduring Appeal of John Prine". PopMatters. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  6. ^ Tucker, Ken (7 June 2010). "John Prine: Midwestern Mind Trips To The Nth Degree". NPR. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  7. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (10 June 2010). "Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine". Pitchfork. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (1 July 2010). "Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine Review". MSN Music. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  9. ^ Hermes, Will (21 June 2010). "Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  10. ^ Heller, Jason (9 July 2010). "Various Artists - Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs Of John Prine". Alternative Press. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  11. ^ Hyden, Steven (22 June 2010). "Various Artists: Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs Of John Prine". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  12. ^ Vrabel, Jeff (25 June 2010). "Various Artists: Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine". Paste. Retrieved 2 July 2014.