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More Musically, But Somehow Less Interesting
on October 14, 2008
Sure, he's expanded his sound a bit on some of these songs, but I find the album as a whole really flat and sort of forgettable. There are a few stand-outs such as the single, You Are the Best Thing, the soulful Let It Be Me, and the back-country porch rocker Hey Me, Hey Mama. Other than those, everything seems to kind of blend together into a whispery mush.
I've heard a lot of Ray's live and rare material that hasn't been included on any of his studio albums and it just leaves me wondering, "Why?" A lot of it is better than anything Gossip In The Grain. Dig 'em out, shine 'em up, and record 'em, Ray. No more gimmicky songs about talentless female drummers please.