Trouble In Mind: A- Review!
Texas singer-songwriter Carll makes nouveau-outlaw country, poetic diction delivered with a rasp (a lover who "likes to lay naked and be gazed upon," indeed). His best melodies are honky-tonk lamentations, with detours into banjo-plunking balladry ("Girl...
* People Magazine
3.5 (of 4) Stars for Trouble In Mind
This Texas troubadour displays both heart (the aching "Don't Let Me Fall") and humor (the hilarious "She Left Me for Jesus") on an alt-country disc that gives Ryan Adams something to worry about. Album Rating: 3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)
* Country Weekly
4 Stars of Trouble In Mind
Hayes Carll works in the hallowed tradition of smart-aleck Texas singer/songwriters (like Ray Wylie Hubbard, who co-wrote one song here) whose shaggy-dog stories always seem to have a poetic twist. The 12 originals on Trouble In Mindwhich also sports...
* Los Angeles TImes
Hayes Carll - LA Times
NASHVILLE -- Hayes Carll, 32, arranges his long limbs around a high-top table in the bar of a trendy Nashville restaurant. He's clearly out of place, but frequenting these locales comes with the new visibility he's earned as one of the most talked about...
* American Songwriter
Hayes Carll HUGE feature in American Songwriter
With his stringy blond hair and hangdog expression, Hayes Carll looks like any other kid riding the counter third shift at a 7-Eleven or stringing phone wire somewhere beyond the realm of life as lived in the suburbs. Its not shiftless; hes not that...
FOUR STARS for Trouble In Mind
The tone is spot-on and the songs have just the right amount of heft, humour and humanity. You can see why Guy Clark championed this 32-year-old Texan and co-wrote with him on his last album. Even then Carll's own songs stood out. There are 14 on his...
* Blender Magazine
FOUR STAR Review for Trouble In Mind
Self-Made Americana Hero Loses his Girl to the Son of God... For fans of John Prine or Todd Snider, 32-year-old Texan Hayes Carll is a familiar typea mush-mouthed drawler who's smarter about the beat than his shambling ways would make you think and...
* No Depression
Carll's No Depression
Hayes Carll is featured in No Depression's May-June (and final) issue. Click on the links below to read this in-depth and fantastic article: Page One / Page Two / Page Three
* Boston Globe
Carll: A Voice Worth Noting
ESSENTIAL "Bad Liver and Broken Heart" Authentic voices are so rare these days, it's easy to overpraise newcomers but Carll's debut ushers in a compelling major voice. Following in the tradition of his many Texas predecessors, Carll delivers a...
* Boston Globe
An "A" for Trouble In Mind
The Houston native cements his credentials as the next great Texas troubadour on his major-label debut, arriving in stores Tuesday. Like Guy Clark and Steve Earle, Carll has the Texas twang and lazy drawl to bring out the boot-stomping good ol boy in...
* Orlando Sentinel
5 STARS for Trouble In Mind
Texas singer-songwriter Hayes Carll comes from the same fertile territory that yielded such iconic troubadours as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. On Trouble in Mind, his Lost Highway debut after two independently released albums, Carll...
Hayes Carll: One To Watch
On his Lost Highway debut, this Houston-based country-rock crooner covers Tom Waits' "I Don't Wanna Grow Up," but judging by the rest of "Trouble in Mind," it might be too late for Hayes Carll. The fine songwriting here, rich with Texas-music echoes,...
* USA Today
Three Stars for Trouble In Mind
The first of many girls who whirl through Carlls third album likes him to watch her naked. That makes her a drunken poets dream, to his mind, and this Texas troubadours happy to play that dreamer. Carlls characters have problems with commitment,...
* The New York Times
Trouble In Mind: Roadhouse Americana
Hayes Carlls voice is a scraped-up Texas rasp. The music on his third album, Trouble in Mind (Lost Highway), has cleaned up a little its his move to a major label yet still sounds like roadhouse Americana: plinking banjo in some songs, honky-tonk...
* Los Angeles Times
3 1/2 Stars for Trouble In Mind
It's hard to decide right away which is more impressive, this 28-year-old Texan's delightfully crafted tales of life in the bars and side roads of rural America or the vibrant music he couches them in, a rootsy, country-based stew thick with roadhouse...
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