Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, the second solo album by eastern Kentucky native Sturgill Simpson, is surely one of the strangest country-music albums I’ve heard in a long time. It’s also one of the most authentic-sounding new country albums to cross my eardrums in a long while — even though in a couple of spots the music drifts from its sturdy ’70s outlaw foundation into raw psychedelia.
And yes, I consider this “authentic country” even with lyrics like “reptile aliens made of light cut you open and pull out all your pain” and with open references to marijuana, LSD, psilocybin, and DMT. And that’s just in the first song.
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