If there's one narrative I'll never get tired of, it's the jaded sad-sack guy. It's been a little bit since I've been broken through that headspace myself (is that what adulthood is? Or could be?) But something still leads me back to the regretful incorrigibles. You Can't Change the Man is a late Christmas present for me. Owens writes hard-hitting country that occupies a sweet spot between Neil Young's delicacy and Tom Petty's straightforward melodies.
Owens' surefooted confessionals lend strength to the listener. In "Five Years From 21," he wonders aloud, "did I miss the train, or did it never come?" I'm not sure if that feeling ever goes away, but it's nice to know I'm not the only one who feels that way. But, like the best of these types of songs, Owens' sheer persistence is testament enough that none of us should feel sorry for ourselves for the things we did and didn't do -- we just have to keep moving forward. The rest of the EP follows in this vein: a bloodymindedness in the face of everything telling you to just give up that allows all of us to raise a glass or (if you've finally kicked the Xanax and whiskey, a fist) and sing along in triumph.
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