The Bottom Line
- Corpus Christi Bay
- Whenever Kindness Fails
- Paint The Town Beige
- Its Texas Country, so its not for everyone.
- All but one of the songs are written by Robert Earl Keen.
- Released by Rosetta/Koch Records Nashville.
- CD is mastered in the Hybrid SACD format: it plays in both regular and SACD players.
Guide Review - Robert Earl Keen - A Bigger Piece of the Sky
Many point to this album as the turning point in REKs career. Originally released in 1993, the CD was the one which found REK mixing many of the alternative country genres into a cohesive collection of songs. Terry Allens Amarillo Highway, about the daily life of an everyday guy, opens the record. Corpus Christi Bay finds him singing about some more small details of ones life. This song is one that is often cited to be among his best. Whenever Kindness Fails is a country rock track that finds him singing as a misunderstood guy who resorts to violence whenever kindness fails to greet him. Blow You Away features Maura OConnell and Michael Shaw and discusses all the ways in which one could possibly get mixed up and those who wait until it happens. Paint The Town Beige is the song which features the CD title and its about an old desperado who decides to settle down despite his still restless soul.
Robert Earl Keen is a talented man who has helped define a new generation of Texas music. Followers include Pat Green and Cory Morrow. A Bigger Piece Of Sky is about as perfect as an album can get. Anyone looking for great country music should check it out.