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2011 release from the Texas-based singer/songwriter. Hayes Carll hasn't been resting on his laurels since topping critics polls and winning awards for his 2008 album, Trouble in Mind. Instead, he's been on the road nearly nonstop with his band, The Poor Choices blasting through honky tonks and rock clubs across the U.S. and beyond. Along the way, he's been inspired to write a crop of new tunes that the acclaimed songwriter says are a layman's take on our country a snapshot of America in some small way. The album's title, KMAG YOYO, is pronounced kay-mag, yo-yo. It is a military acronym that stands for Kiss My Ass Guys, You're On Your Own

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"I wanted to challenge myself musically," says Carll, "and see if I could capture that live dynamic. A lot of the songs came with the music first, with the music calling the lyrics."

"We had a little bit of swagger going in, which was part of what I wanted to capture," said Carll about the album, "we'd been out on the road for a couple years and were sounding good together. Combining that with some timely songs, I think we came up with something special."

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  • Audio CD (February 15, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B004BSWC0I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,818 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I just ripped KMAG YOYO and now my computer is drunker than ever! I fear for Hayes, at this pace he is destined to be the stuff of legend. I cannot recall a new artist pouring so much of themselves into their career. He's leaving his soul on the paper folks....

Kudos to HC for grabbing Corb Lund for some fun on this project. Those of you getting turned to Hayes by some Hollywood movie: Go back & digest his previous, Trouble In Mind, & you'll have a deeper appreciation for this album and his approach. This is not the "Texas sound"; this kicks it in the ass for hours and leaves it wimpering in the corner.

As for the title track on this one, FANTABULOUS! Hayes is whiter and taller than James Brown, but just as much swagger. Rock on, brother, rock the eff on!
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Hayes Carll has discovered America, wait, make that Americana: On none of his three previous albums (not even on the heavily country influenced "Flowers And Liquor") has the alt.country singer/songwriter dug so deep into the vein of traditional American music while commenting on the US in the 21st century.
On KMAG YOYO (& other American stories) there's a lot of honky-tonkin' and stompin' and hollerin' (as on the first track "Stomp and Holler" and on the title track, both sounding like a bastard called Subterranean Honky Tonk Blues, or on "The Lovin' Cup"), some country swing ("Hard Out Here", "Another Like You") and some finger-picking ballads ("The Letter").
Unlike on "Trouble in Mind", on which the rockers at the beginning were the best songs, the strength of "KMAG YOYO" lies in the slower tunes towards the end: "Bottle in My Hand" (with Hayes Carll, Todd Snider and Corb Lund taking turns singing), "Bye Bye Baby" (with not much more accompaniment than a banjo and a pedal steel guitar), "Hide Me" (with a beautiful gospel hum in the background). Those three plus the laid-back tap-your-feet-clap-your-hands-nod-your-head-sing-along "Grand Parade" are among Hayes Carll's best songs.
There's a lot of great artists releasing new CDs this winter/spring: The Low Anthem, Lucinda Williams, Drive-By Truckers, Todd Snider (even if it's just a live album, no new stuff), Steve Earle, Cary Hudson, Jason Isbell. But I'll bet you: KMAG YOYO will be on a lot of year's end lists!
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I can't stop listening to this!!!! An excellent mix of contemporary and traditional country. I can definitely hear a Merle Haggard influence on this album. The campy duet "Another Like You" (featuring Cary Ann Hearst) gives this album a unique twist. Fabulous!!!! A MUST have for Hayes Carll fans!!!!
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I'll leave it to music critics to pigeon-hole Hayes Carll into whatever genre fits their needs - country, honky-tonk, whatever. All I know is that KMAG YOYO (a military acronym right up there with SNAFU and FUBAR, in case you're wondering) is one terrific album.

For the most part, KMAG YOYO offers a selection of bar-thumping, get-on-your-feet tunes. Carll kicks things off with a jangling fury with the first two songs, "Stomp and Holler" and "Hard Out There" and follows it up quickly with the title track (a clever riff on a young man's journey through our military). These are tunes that earn their place on your bar's jukebox favorites, although "Bottle in my Hand" and "The Loving Cup" may be more likely to get play at a dance hall.

"Bye Bye Baby," on the other hand, will in fact make a grown man cry.

My personal favorite on this album is the clever duet with Cary Ann Hearst, "Another Like You." Hearst and Carll sing as if they have met in a bar and exchange insults (he's a Democrat, she's a Republican) but as the beer goggles grow stronger they decide to take things to another level. This duet is right up there with the Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" (with Kirsty McColl) and the Dropkick Murphy's "Kiss Me, I'm ****-faced," two classics.

When I was younger I'd buy an entire album to get one great song. Thanks to technology we don't have to do that any longer, but this is one album that deserves to be purchased in its entirety - there's not a weak entry in the bunch. I shouldn't be surprised - Carll wouldn't stand for it.
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I bought this album on the release date. I had heard a few of the songs in concert and was pretty excited to get to listen. I was blown away. It's a slight departure from his other albums, but if you liked those you will definitely like this. This album is a perfect mix of fast and slow songs. If you like songs like Beaumont and Take Me Away, you're going to love "Hide Me" and "Bye Bye Babe", which is my personal favorite. The songwriting in some of these tracks is incredible and Hayes wrote some really nice parts licks as well. A lot more mandolin and banjo on this album, which I really enjoyed. His new bassist does a great job on their duet as well. Overall, a great album. It's definitely going to be in my car for a long time.
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WOW! Hayes is real music. When I mean real, I mean edging closer and closer to be successor of Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle. Gritty and real. For real music lovers.
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From start to finish, this album rocks!!! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Hayes, his work was most recently a part of the Country Strong Soundtrack; and, if you became with another Lost Highway Artist Ryan Bingham from his Crazy Heart work, do yourself a favor and pick up Hayes Carll's KMAG YOYO (due a Google seart to find out what it stands for)!! Better yet, make sure to catch Hayes on tour in the coming weeks before he becomes the next big thing outta Texas!!! My favorite tracks are the Title Track and Grand Parade....buy this and you won't regret it!!!
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