The Outsider (Rodney Crowell album)

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The Outsider
Studio album by Rodney Crowell
Released August 16, 2005 (2005-08-16)
Genre Country
Label Columbia
Producer Rodney Crowell, Peter Coleman
Rodney Crowell chronology
Fate's Right Hand
The Outsider
Sex and Gasoline

The Outsider is the twelfth studio album by American country music singer Rodney Crowell. It was released on August 16, 2005 via Columbia Records. The album includes the singles "The Obscenity Prayer" and "Say You Love Me".

Critical reception[edit]

Thom Jurek of Allmusic gave the album four stars out of five, calling it a "natural extension" of Crowell's last two albums, The Houston Kid and Fate's Right Hand. He also praised the album for "dig[ging] deep into social and political consciousness."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Rodney Crowell, except "Shelter from the Storm", written by Bob Dylan.

No. Title Length
1. "Say You Love Me" 3:32
2. "The Obscenity Prayer (Give It to Me)" 3:54
3. "The Outsider" 4:23
4. "Dancin' Circles 'round the Sun (Epictetus Speaks)" 4:32
5. "Beautiful Despair (For James)" 3:53
6. "Don't Get Me Started" 5:51
7. "Ignorance Is the Enemy" (spoken intro by Emmylou Harris and John Prine) 4:48
8. "Glasgow Girl" 4:43
9. "Things That Go Bump in the Day" 4:01
10. "Shelter from the Storm" (duet with Emmylou Harris) 5:26
11. "We Can't Turn Back Now" 4:49


Compiled from notes on digipak.[2]



  • Tracy Baskette-Fleaner – art direction, design
  • Peter Coleman – producer, recording, mixing
  • Donivan Cowart – additional recording
  • Rodney Crowell – producer
  • Brandon Epps – recording assistant
  • John Grady – executive producer
  • Deb Haus – art director
  • Dawn Nepp – production assistant
  • Thomas Petillo – photography
  • Jennifer Tsar – photography

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[3] 37
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers[3] 12


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "The Outsider review". Allmusic. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ The Outsider (Digipak notes). Columbia Records. 2005. 94470. 
  3. ^ a b "Rodney Crowell Album & Song Chart History – Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 26, 2010.