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There's not a weak song here, which is saying something considering the album's range. From the wistful lamentation of Wish I Hadn't Stayed So Long to the silly wordplay of Down the Road Tonight, Carll exhibits a deft lyrical touch across the widest possible range of human emotions.
And yet Carll is more than just a songwriter. His rough, thickly accented voice and exquisite acoustic guitar work are what really drive the album.
While Carll is the clear star, he benefits from some help along the way.
Guy Clark co-wrote the haunting Rivertown. And Clark's guitar work from The Randall Knife clearly inspired the similarly elegiac Long Way Home.
Ray Wylie Hubbard co-wrote the riotous Chickens. In the liner notes, Carll adds the following disclaimer: 'Ray and I felt that what the world really needed was a song about chickens. There is a good chance that we were wrong.' Perhaps, but the world definitely could use more songs as enjoyable as this one.
Guest vocals from Allison Moorer and stellar instrumental work from producer R.S. Field, Jimmy Lester, and Kenny Vaughn add depth and texture, confirming Little Rock as something more than just standard singer/songwriter fare.
Indeed, Little Rock is anything but ordinary. It is an energetic confirmation of Carll's status among the state's most promising young artists.
-This Is Texas Music, March 2005
|1. Wish I Hadn't Stayed So Long|
|2. Take Me Away|
|3. Down the Road Tonight|
|4. Good Friends|
|5. Hey Baby Where You Been|
|7. Little Rock|
|8. Leave Here Standing|
|9. Sit in with the Band|
|10. Long Way Home|
Bought and listened to his most recent 2 albums first. They are both 5 stars. This one doesn't quite match up. Less creative, more derivative, lyrics less clever. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Jordan
Bought it for a gift and it was well received. I don't know anything about it personally.Published 6 months ago by Maryjane Rayhart
Smart clever lyrics with a unique country sound and some legendary cowritesPublished 7 months ago by matthew db
Hayes is one heck of singer song writer (and a funny dude). Play this CD to improve your mood.Published 10 months ago by Jan McIntosh