- Released: January 23, 1996
- Label: Sugarhill
Entertainment Weekly - 2/9/96, p.55
"...Allen gruffs out starkly original songs about on-the-fringe characters wrestling with unvarnished truths. Country at its buck nakedest." - Rating: A
Option - 5-6/96, p.91
"...a shot of shit-kickin', ass-whupin', heart-breakin' liquor-slurpin' satisfaction..."
Sing Out! - 4-5-6/96, pp.139-140
"...literate, challenging, uncompromising and brutally honest....he'll force you to confront reality in a medium that is frequently used to escape from it."
- 1.Gone to Texas
- 2.Room to Room
- 3.Back to Black
- 4.Wilderness of This World
- 5.Little Sandy
- 6.Buck Naked
- 7.What of Alicia
- 8.That Kind of Girl
- 9.Galleria Dele Armi
- 10.Crisis Site 13
- 11.Peggy Legg
- 12.After the Fall
- 13.Flatland Boogie
Personnel: Terry Allen (vocals, piano, clavinova); Jo Carol Pierce (vocals, fingersnaps); Lloyd Maines (acoustic, acoustic slide, baritone & electric guitars, dobro, pedal steel, bass, background vocals); David Byrne, Will Sexton (electric guitar, background vocals); Jesse Taylor, Bobby "Rock" Landgraff (electric guitar); Charlie Sexton (electric slide guitar); Richard Bowden (mandolin, fiddle, cello, background vocals); Stan Smith (clarinet); Hilton McLaren (bagpipes); Joe Ely (harmonica, background vocals); Bukka Allen, Ponty Bone (accordion); Jon Blondel (trombone); Tommie Anderson (tuba); Glen Fukunaga (acoustic bass, bass); Donnie Maines (drums, percussion, background vocals); Davis McLarty (drums, percussion); Bale Allen (drums); Lucinda Williams, Jo Harvey Allen, Casey "Guitar Man" Maines, Chad "Rock Man" Maines, Rob Patterson (background vocals).
Recorded at Don Caldwell Studios, Lubbock, Texas and The Hit Shack, Austin, Texas.
Personnel: Terry Allen (vocals, piano); Lloyd Maines (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, baritone guitar, dobro); Charlie Sexton (vocals, electric guitar, slide guitar); David Byrne (vocals, electric guitar); Joe Ely (vocals, harmonica); Jo Carol Pierce, Lucinda Williams (vocals); Jesse Taylor, Will Sexton (electric guitar); Richard Bowden (mandolin, fiddle, cello); Ponty Bone, Bukka Allen (accordion); Stan Smith (clarinet); Jon Blondell (trombone); Tommy Anderson (tuba); Glenn Fukunaga (acoustic bass); Davis McLarty, Donnie Maines (drums, percussion); Bale Allen (drums).
Audio Mixers: Fred Remmert; Lloyd Maines; Terry Allen.
Recording information: Don Caldwell Studios, Lubbock, TX; The hit Shack, Austin, TX.
Photographer: Douglas Kent Hall.
Unknown Contributor Role: Jo Carol Pierce.
HUMAN REMAINS is Allen's first solo album since the surprise success of his1994 musical CHIPPY (co-written with his wife, Jo Harvey Allen, and based on the diary of a west Texas prostitute from the '30s). The singer/songwriter/visual artist enlists the help of fellow Lubbockites the Maines brothers, fiddler Richard Bowden of the Austin Lounge Lizards, accordion ace Ponty Bone, David Byrne, and-most delightfully-Lucinda Williams on harmony vocals.
Allen's songwriting is at its sharpest on HUMAN REMAINS, especially on the wry "Gone To Texas" and the angry "After The Fall" and "Crisis Site 13," songs about Allen's fellow baby boomers and the children they've raised. As always, his lyrics recall a countrified Randy Newman in their first-person accounts of often- unlikable people who nevertheless evoke sympathy and understanding in the listener. His music lands somewhere between Tom Waits' junkyard orchestrations and Lyle Lovett's somewhat skewed Western swing.