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It's Guy Clark...enough said
on July 23, 2013
There are basically two responses that I have when I hear a great song for the first time. Either I want to hear the next song, or I want to turn off the radio and process what I've just heard. Guy Clark's music almost always elicits the latter response. His songs demonstrate a grasp of human life far deeper than I could express. Simply put, he knows what he writes about, and he doesn't write bad songs. If you were to ask me every day for a month what my favorite Guy Clark song was, I might well give 31 different answers. He's that good.
But while I was waiting for the album to be released, I was concerned that it wouldn't hold up with his previous work. Needlessly. "My Favorite Picture of You," "Heroes," "Rain in Durango," and "The High Price of Inspiration" all stood out on my first listen as worth the price of the entire album. And seven other songs more than carry the weight of expectation.
I pity the person who is asked to assemble a "best-of" collection. There's no point. Just release a boxed set with everything on there. He's that good, and this album is a worthwhile addition to his discography.