Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

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Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
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Studio album by Sturgill Simpson
Released May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)
Recorded 2013–14
Genre
Length 34:29
Label
Producer Dave Cobb
Sturgill Simpson chronology
High Top Mountain
(2013)High Top Mountain2013
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
(2014)
A Sailor's Guide to Earth
(2016)A Sailor's Guide to Earth2016
Singles from Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
  1. "Turtles All the Way Down"
    Released: April 8, 2014

Metamodern Sounds in Country Music is the second studio album by American country music singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson. The album was produced and engineered by Dave Cobb and was released on May 13, 2014, through High Top Mountain/Thirty Tigers & Loose Music (Europe).

The title of the album is likely a reference to the Ray Charles album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music.[citation needed]

Promotion[edit]

Prior to its official release, the entire album was available to stream on MSN's Listening Booth and NPR Music's First Listen.[1]

To further promote the album, Simpson performed on Late Show with David Letterman,[2] Conan,[3] and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.[4] Simpson also performed a set for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series.[5]

"Turtles All the Way Down" was featured on FX's The Bridge.[6]

His cover of "The Promise" by 80's band When In Rome was featured in the Season 2 Episode 9 of the HBO series The Leftovers.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic81/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[8]
American Songwriter4/5 stars[9]
Blurt3/5 stars[10]
Paste(9.2/10)[11]
Pitchfork Media(7.7/10)[12]
PopMatters(8/10)[13]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[14]

Metamodern Sounds in Country Music received "universal acclaim" according to Metacritic, earning a normalized score of 81 out of 100 based on ten reviews by music critics.[15]

Jonathan Bernstein of American Songwriter noted Simpson's cover of When in Rome's "The Promise," stating that he "turns the song into a countrypolitan torch song that culminates in a cathartic release."[16]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Turtles All the Way Down"Sturgill Simpson3:08
2."Life of Sin"Simpson2:26
3."Living the Dream"Simpson3:52
4."Voices"Simpson2:47
5."Long White Line"Buford Abner4:01
6."The Promise"Clive Farrington, Michael Floreale, Andrew Mann4:17
7."A Little Light"Simpson1:40
8."Just Let Go"Simpson2:32
9."It Ain't All Flowers"Simpson6:44
10."Pan Bowl" (hidden track)Simpson3:02
Total length:34:29

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • "Dood" Fraley – Master of Ceremonies
  • Sturgill Simpson – vocals, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
  • Laur Joamets – electric guitar, slide guitar
  • Kevin Black – bass guitar
  • Miles Miller – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Mike Webb – keyboards, mellotron
  • Dave Cobb – classical guitar, percussion

Production[edit]

  • Dave Cobb – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Justin Herlocker – assistant engineer
  • John Netti – assistant engineer
  • Sturgill Simpson – mixing

Chart positions[edit]

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 59 and the Top Country Albums at No. 11, with 5,500 copies sold in the US for the week.[17] As of January 2017, the album has sold 228,600 copies in the US.[18]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2014–15) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[19] 59
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[20] 22
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[21] 6
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[22] 8

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[23] 69

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ganz, Jacob (2014-05-04). "First Listen: Sturgill Simpson, 'Metamodern Sounds In Country Music'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  2. ^ "The Late Show Sturgill Simpson – "Life of Sin"". CBS.com. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  3. ^ "Sturgill Simpson "Living The Dream" 09/10/14". TeamCoco.com. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Sturgill Simpson: Turtles All the Way Down – Video". NBC.com. Archived from the original on 2014-10-31. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  5. ^ "Tiny Desk Concerts – Sturgill Simpson". NPR.org. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  6. ^ Logan, Buddy (2014-08-26). "Sturgill Simpson Music to be Featured on FX's 'The Bridge'". Radio Texas Live. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  7. ^ "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music Reviews". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  8. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  9. ^ Bernstein, Jonathan (2014-05-19). "Sturgill Simpson: Metamodern Sounds in Country Music". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  10. ^ Zimmerman, Lee. "Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music". Blurtonline.com. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  11. ^ Lore, Mark (2014-05-21). "Sturgill Simpson: Metamodern Sounds In Country Music Review". Paste. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  12. ^ Deusner, Stephen (2014-05-16). "Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  13. ^ Recker, Scott (2014-05-13). "Sturgill Simpson: Metamodern Sounds in Country Music". PopMatters.com. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  14. ^ Murray, Nick (2014-05-30). "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  15. ^ "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music Reviews". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  16. ^ Bernstein, Jonathan (2014-05-19). "Sturgill Simpson: Metamodern Sounds in Country Music". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  17. ^ Matt Bjorke (May 21, 2014). "Country Music's Top 10 Albums: The Week Of May 21, 2014". Roughstock. 
  18. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 22, 2017). "Top 10 Country Albums Chart: January 23, 2017". Roughstock. 
  19. ^ "Sturgill Simpson Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  20. ^ "Sturgill Simpson Chart History (Digital Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  21. ^ "Sturgill Simpson Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  22. ^ "Sturgill Simpson Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  23. ^ "Top Country Albums: 2014 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2015.