Album Review – Tyler Childers – “Take My Dogs to Heaven”

album purgatory Written by Tyler Childers will go down in history as one of the most important and successful releases for any country music artist in the past ten years, and possibly in history. More than five years after its release, it’s still a regular on the top 20 of country albums, well above releases from major artists recently released, and all from an artist who hasn’t received much theatrical or radio attention.

But now it’s Tyler’s time Can I take my hounds to heaven? To try to get our attention. And to increase his odds, Tyler offered this version in a three-part, three-disc, or three-disc set, depending on your preferred way of consuming music. This extended version of the format isn’t particularly rare in country music these days. Actually, it’s kind of a fad. It worked out nicely with Morgan Wallen, who was pinned to the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart with his 30-song single. Dangerous: the double albumWith no sign of relinquishing this position any time soon. Right below it is Zack Bryan with 34 giant songs American heartbreak.

But more paths don’t always translate into more success. Eric Church released a triple album while he was the winner of this year’s CMA Entertainer sweetheart. It faded pretty quickly compared to Morgan, Elaine, and Zach Bryan. Cody Johnson Human: double album He also had a gritty trajectory, but is nowhere near in the top 20 on a permanent basis as Tyler purgatory he is.

But Can I take my hounds to heaven? A bit unique because it’s three albums out of the same eight songs. Well, the two albums with almost the same songs, then “Something Else” will be taken up in due course. The other drawback is that those eight songs, one of which is a cover of “Old Country Church” by Hank Williams, and the other is a new translation of Tyler’s own song “Purgatory,” two songs (at least in their initial incarnation) that feel like breaks rather than the truly original tracks. , the first track is the album’s title song, which anyone who’s been listening to Tyler Childers at this point has heard it half a dozen times either live or in the videos.

This leaves the Tyler Childers listener with three really new tunes on the 3-disc, 24-track album. These include “Triune God,” which Tyler also performed in concert for a while, “Heart You’ve been Tendin,” and the lead single, “Angel Band,” which we also heard prior to the album’s release. So really, when you open this package, there’s one song you’ve never heard before… in a set of 24 songs.

Moreover, the second copies of these songs appearing on the second disc of the album called “Jubilee” are not completely separate copies of these songs. It’s essentially the same track as the first disc called “Hallelujah,” only with additional dubbed production additions, like horn clips, or sometimes surrounding dialogue from old recordings. So as you keep analyzing the trajectories of this release, it’s more like hitting your walking stick down until all you’re left with is a toothpick of a really new and innovative material. Meanwhile, Childers provided live songs such as “Percheron Mules”, “Luke Chapter 2 Verses 8-10” and his version of “The Greatest Story Told Ever” by Bob Weir which could have better complemented the effort into a coherent expression.

With that cold reality out of the way, what you get on this album is a selection of eight very tasty tracks worthy of audience attention. Take my dogs to heaven It comes at a time when Tyler Childers and his longtime-supporting band The Food Stamps have transformed from a gritty Appalachian-inspired country band to a sweaty, greasy, strike-based country funk costume signifying the heyday of Jerry Cane.

Instead of “Professor” Jesse Wells primarily playing the violin, and steel guitarist James Parker sitting behind the console, both are part of a double attack on electric guitar, with the latest Food Stamp CJ Cain taking over the acoustic guitar duties. Decorate this with strings, keys in certain places, and music Take my dogs to heaven Rise to the inspired side of the material.

The live cover of Charlie Daniels’ band “Trudy” and “Tulsa Turnaround” Kenny Rogers became the announcers for Tyler’s live shows. Taking the same flair to these new tracks, and combining them with a gospel approach to the material, Tyler Childers and The Food Stamps transform a very luxurious collection of mid-tempo tunes that uplift, satisfy the heart, and entertain the soul.

This is not a “gospel” record per se – meaning material that adheres to the New Testament account of the life of Jesus Christ at a level of 51% or higher. Music tracks are excluded if they are of this distinction. The album also presents a somewhat unusual split for some listeners, on both sides of the religious divide. For devotees, the feelings shared here will not be close to pure enough, despite songs such as “Triune God” and “Old Country Church”, because a song such as “Angel Band” conveys a universal message. Meanwhile, those who are turned off due to religious sentiment altogether may find an unfavorable view of the album due to the presence of devout religious material.

This “neither fish nor foul” aspect neutralizes in some ways Tyler Childers’ attempt to either present religious concepts to a neutral audience in a way that demonstrates the beauty and promise of Christian teachings that can be bestowed upon individuals aligned with Tyler’s evolving beliefs, while also failing to open the hearts and minds of religious listeners to the concept of More comprehensive about God and Heaven.

Then there’s the group’s third disc, called “The Joy of Noise”. Although some, or perhaps many listeners will say that this is a creative and stimulating style of music, they do it in the same way that you would be cheerful when someone gives you a gift because of social etiquette, even if the gift is in fact. repels you. In short, the third installment of Take my dogs to heaven By Tyler Childers It is considered nonsense and an insult to the public, and cannot be compensated as anything other than fillers and/or File 86.

Despite the track titles, these final tracks are not third versions of the initial songs, although two such as “Way of the Triune God” use samples from the original songs. Rather, it is very elementary and beginner attempts at sequencing and sampling that result in inhospitable noise that can in no way be described as “joyful,” if for no other reason than the dark side of the matter’s mood.

It’s eerily similar to the opening tracks of Tyler’s latest album Long violent history With a very primitive violin playing traditional melodies, this third disc is really unsuitable for human consumption on a commercial level. Granted, dated Long violent history, these tracks are more of a setup for Tyler’s social commentary, and so he could have been forgiven. But in this case, where it’s being used to support an album project that vinyl buyers are spending upwards of $60 to get is not only offensive to the public, it’s just borderline.

To be sure, many Childers supporters would say that this view is one of the uncultured country fans who do not want their favorite artists to develop. But working with samples and drums isn’t a “sophisticated” state of music in 2022. It’s the most matching thing you can do. refuse to allow your music to be spoiled by 1 and 0, who – which What is on the verge of bleeding, who – which That’s what’s revolutionary in 2022. It’s also why Tyler Childers became one of the most popular and beloved artists in all of country music, because he embraced the authenticity that people craved, and that the mainstream was wildly underserved.

The only way to justify what happens on the third disc of this album is if Tyler gives Childers an interview in six months where he says he just wanted to terminate his contract with RCA Records, and that was the way to hand them the fifth record for a five-record deal, and to tell them to go themselves in this process. He’s not even good at any justifiable argument for what modern laptop-based music creation can achieve these days.

Then when you think about Tyler’s 2019 studio album Balad Square It also left some feeling of changing brevity with only nine songs—plus the traditional eight tracks Long violent history, and transcribe the songs on the second disc of this release – you’re left with a lot of squalor from this artist, and it’s starting to get overwhelming, making up the majority of his production. It leaves audiences with mixed to negative feelings about the individual who is supposed to lead responsibility for independent country music and Appalachian authenticity.

It’s not that Take my dogs to heaven It does contain some good songs. It certainly does. And streaming consumers who won’t have access to Disc 3 will be curious what any of the bustle is about. They’ll just listen to the version of the songs they like, and move on. If there’s a positive side to all this, it’s that fans of Tyler Childers still get a small, but gritty selection of new trails to enjoy. This should not be overlooked or underestimated.

But as a 24-song album at a hefty price, you should consider the entire package as a whole, the amount of original material it includes, the fairness to the consumer, and judge it among its peers. September 30 was Release day is very busy With 10 to 12 albums of all original material by artists who have put their lives into their efforts, many will be overshadowed by this three-album monster released by Tyler Childers. If you want to hear innovation in country music, listen to it Ashley McBride presents: Linvillewith 13 original tracks, they take notions of what the country should be and turn them on their head, while staying country, entertaining, and delivering more than the audience expected rather than less.

Why can’t Tyler Childers release an album of ten original songs like he did with purgatory? Just recording ten songs straight from the heart led to her own revolution in country music that completely rewrote the possibilities for independent artists. There would be no Zack Bryan if it wasn’t for Tyler Childers and purgatory. she was purgatory She gave birth to the first certified gold single from a modern day non-radio country artist, then the first platinum, then the first double platinum, while the album itself was also certified platinum.

Sure, Tyler Childers probably doesn’t have the same songs inside of him that would resonate like all of those purgatory The syllables he did, and he made the unreasonable expectations the audience could place on him, Not They want him to stay exclusive in the country, and he gets angry about the third disc. Tyler Childers overthink this, and fell in love with the fallacy that to be innovative as an artist you have to do weird and unusual things, and piss off a part of your fan base because it somehow proves your “artistic prowess”.

All these critical notes are shared from the place of love and faith in this artist, because we know what Tyler Childers can do. Although Can I take my hounds to heaven? He illustrates some of these possibilities in the initial songs – and again, this shouldn’t be overlooked or minimized – this album should have been an EP, or reprise with a few more original tracks rather than anything marketed and packaged. It turns out.

1 1/4 guns down (4/10)

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