Review : Jamey Johnson - That Lonesome Song
BillboardTo listen to Jamey Johnson's latest is to take a step back in time. More Waylon and Willie than Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood, "That Lonesome Song" is a testament to raw and real, right down to open studio mics catching stray commentary and static from a bad input. First single "In Color" is a touching look at the world through his grandfather's eyes. "Mary Go Round," a stunning waltz, is a heartfelt plea for a woman to mend her ways. A modern outlaw in a world dominated by music for soccer moms, Johnson pays authentic homage to a brother in arms by covering Jennings' "Dreamin' My Dreams With You" and "The Door Is Always Open." Fittingly, "The Last Cowboy" is an engaging but mournful take on days gone by....full text
SlantmagazineArough-hewn reservist from the Marine Corps with a deep, ragged baritone and a hard-country sensibility that recalls both vintage George Jones and Steve Earle, Jamey Johnson is a difficult sell to modern mainstream country audiences, but his first album, 2005's The Dollar, was quite rightly championed by both traditionalists and Outlaw country fans. Johnson's sophomore effort, That Lonesome Song, is arguably an even harder sell; it's diametrically opposed in style and content to Sugarland's Love on the Inside, currently ruling country's album and singles charts. With his tales of cocaine, whores and smoking pot in church parking lots, Johnson stands at odds with the populist uplift pabulum that's currently fashionable in the genre....full text
SpinOpening with clanking prison doors, then taking off with "High Cost of Living," a nearly six-minute, drugs-nullifying-life drone that's as close as 2008 will get to its own "Heroin," this honky-tonkin' ex-Marine's first album since Sony booted him turns a cracked mirror on Nashville triumphalism. A depressive cuckold's lament updates Glen Campbell's "Where's the Playground Susie," and a funereal cowboy dirge gets country's most gothic studio effects ever. By the end, when Johnson stakes a place vocally, geographically, and alphabetically "somewhere between [Waylon] Jennings and [George] Jones," you're relieved he still has his wits about him....full text
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