In an approach at once familiar and fresh, Dwight Yoakam weds his hard, Bakersfield-style country to rockabilly rhythms, rock 'n' roll production touches, and honky-tonk heartache in sculpting captivating mise-en-scenes for his lurid tales of love gone wrong. Dwight can always be counted on for a few acerbic takes on the male-female yin-yang; who else would describe a failed love affair as having "wore out my knees," as he does on the classically styled weeper "The Heartaches Are Free"? Yoakam's writing has rarely been richer in texture or subtext than it is on Tomorrow's Sounds Today; his nasal-toned vocals are consistently affecting, and longtime producer Pete Anderson keeps the sound crisp and atmospheric. As an added attraction, Dwight's hero Buck Owens is all over the place here, co-writing and harmonizing on the bittersweet ballad "The Sad Side of Town," penning a chilling twist on the gospel song "I Was There," and joining Yoakam and legendary Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jimenez on the rollicking "Alright, I'm Wrong." Top it all off with an infectious, shuffling cover of Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me," and you've got one of Yoakam's most appealing efforts to date. If these are truly Tomorrow's Sounds Today, then our musical future is a bright one indeed.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|
Performance CreditsDwight Yoakam Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Chris Hillman Mandolin
Jim Lauderdale Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Buck Owens Vocals,Background Vocals
Pete Anderson Percussion,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Jonathan Clark Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Skip Edwards Keyboards
Flaco Jiménez Accordion
Scott Joss Fiddle
Gary Morse Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Taras Prodaniuk Bass
Don Reed Fiddle
Jim Christie Drums
Bonhomme Acoustic Guitar
Technical CreditsDwight Yoakam Art Direction
Stephen Moore Guitar Techician
Pete Anderson Arranger,Producer
Sally Browder Engineer
Tracy Veal Art Direction
Jaime Castaneda Wardrobe Design
Bryan McConkey Engineer
Amanda Cey Personal Assistant
Lori Depp Paintings
Doug Deveraux Engineer
Candace Mammarella Graphic Design,Paintings
Jason Robbins Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Tomorrow's Sounds Today based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
.....and therefore too unlistenable for ''Country Music'' radio. Once again Dwight manages to make heart and soul music that's fresh and retains the basic spirit of country music; truths of everyday life. Whether he's rockin' on ''I Want You To Want Me'' (a classic rock song done country), ''Place To Cry'' (Pete Anderson's guitar at peak ferocity) or wringing the pain with twang on ''Heartaches Are Free'' and ''Time Spent Missing You''.... Dwight manages to keep himself on the right side of what country music should be, real. Another great addition to a great artist's catalog of fantastic music. Keep on Dwight.... show Nashville how it's done!
I've been a Dwight fan for about 10 years and this album is a nice addition to my collection. He never ceases to amaze me. I love his rock-a-billy style. He's the best in my opinion.