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Kicking the Canon: Jonathan Keefe on Trisha Yearwood’s Hearts in Armor

January 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

Country Universe writer and editor Jonathan Keefe has contributed to an awesome new project called Kicking the Canon.  Put together by In Review Online, Kicking the Canon attempts to expand on what has traditionally been considered the definitive music and films of eras gone by. Keefe’s take on Trisha Yearwood’s landmark 1992 set, Hearts in Armor has gone live: Her self-titled debut may have spawned four top-ten singles, but it was on Hearts in Armor that Trisha Yearwood properly announced herself as one of the finest country artists of her generation. Informed by the end of her first marriage, the album explores both the subtle and the dramatic ways that a relationship can dissolve, and it allows Yearwood to lay bare hard-earned truths that lesser vocalists might have left hidden. And that’s just the beginning!  You can read the whole thing here. The only other country album  featured so far Read More

Slant’s Jonathan Keefe on the new Trisha Yearwood

November 15, 2007 // 4 Comments

I’ve been playing the new Trisha Yearwood CD non-stop for two days now.   I’m really digging it, but what else is new?  It’s not like this woman has ever put out a bad album.    That’s the difficult part of reviewing her work.  When an artist is so consistently excellent, it’s hard for me to get a handle on how the new music compares to the old. So when I woke up this morning, a thought popped into my head: “I wonder if Jonathan Keefe has reviewed it yet?”  Keefe writes for Slant magazine, and has the very admirable trait of discussing country albums at length.   I don’t always agree with him, but his writing is top-notch and his opinions well supported. Miracle of miracles, I headed over to Slate and there it was: a 4 1/2-star review for the new Trisha CD.  What I like best about Keefe’s reviews Read More