#133 The Byrds – Sweetheart Of The Rodeo

The Byrds! Oh good God, what are they doing on this list again? This is getting ridiculous. The guys who put this book together definitely have special feelings for The Byrds. I will listen to Sweetheart Of The Rodeo, but I can almost guarantee that I will not like it. This is their sixth album and they decided to go country rock. That sounds terrible.

The Byrds have one thing going for them: They love to cover Bob Dylan songs. This album opens and closes with a Dylan tune.

At first I thought this is better than any of their other albums, but after Dylan’s “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” it went too far south. They reminded me of the 70s band The Eagles, but only on this one song and only on their more country songs.

They go the Christian route for a few minutes with “I Am a Pilgrim“, but the fiddle sounds like a million cats were wrapped in a bag and thrown into a river so they are crying out for their nine lives. I can handle the banjo. It has an interesting sound. They continue the Christian theme and the cat theme on “The Christian Life“. I could not stand their vocals.

At this point in their career their popularity had waned so I think they just tossed all the caution to the winds and made a record that nobody wanted to listen to except for critics. I cannot recommend it at all unless you like old country. 3/10.

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