Justin Townes Earle’s fourth album Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now is the ultimate Jenga tower. A masterpiece of balances, it’s like the 30-year-old singer/songwriter has taken the musical pieces of his back catalog (that ranged from folk to honky tonk to experimental), cautiously removed elements and carefully rearranged them into an ever-evolving entity that stands precariously, yet, proudly.
Spare in its musicality, Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now, blends the Memphis blues of Earle’s Tennessee roots with the creative cultivation of his current residence in New York City’s East Village. Recorded live over four days in the North Carolina mountains, the album’s production lets Earle’s aching, raspy baritone shine, as accented by the role of impeccable horns and keys.
Earle’s newest release exposes sordid elements of Earle’s past. He sings about his famous father, martyred mother, troubled ex-girlfriends and his own now-kicked addictions. Throughout everything, though, all 10 songs on Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now seem complacent and even understanding at times, but most importantly, hopeful.
Justin Townes Earle’s new album is now available via Bloodshot Records. Listen to the record in its entirety below.