My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: John Prine is the debut album from Mr. Prine and was released in 1971.
What I think: As with Clark’s album here we have folk tunes with a country influence. Prine often addresses serious topics in these songs with a humorous twist. I have to say the album is really good and the humor works nicely with the topical songs. Those topics range from war, drugs, environmental concerns, relationships and false patriotism. The catchiest of these songs is probably “Spanish Pipedream”, which advocates blowing up your tv. “Hello in There” is a familiar sounding song that reminds me of something Jason Isbell would sing. My favorite here is “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore”, which shows me that nothing changed between the Vietnam War and the buildup to the Iraq war in the early 2000’s.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I don’t often like the use of humor in music, as it seems to wear thin quickly, but Prine does a great job here and I think this deserves its place.
Rating (Out of 5): 3.5
John Prine Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (188/247)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%