Scott Schinder
October 17, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

El Corazon

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Steve Earle
genre
Country
We gave it an A-

Eleven years after his prescient debut, this prickly alt-country survivor’s insights into institutional callousness (”Christmas in Washington”), romantic longing (”Somewhere Out There”), and personal iconoclasm (”Here I Am”) resonate with hard-won wisdom. Elsewhere, ”You Know the Rest” is a summary of human history that could be Earle’s ”Highway 61 Revisited,” and ”Ft. Worth Blues” pays moving tribute to pal Townes Van Zandt. A-

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