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On Just Us Kids, James McMurtry follows up his critically acclaimed Childish Things with a dozen new, sharply drawn illuminations as he continues to hone and expand his considerable gifts. And the self-produced opus (James’ fourth venture pulling strings on both sides of the glass) unquestionably represents his most ambitious, accomplished and ass-kicking presentation to date.

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  • Audio CD (July 4, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AO5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Let him say it for himself; he will do it better.
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Buy them all and listen to them on repeat for months at a time.
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Every cut is performed with precision and is superb.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S. Sokoll on March 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have all James McMurtry's albums, have seen him several times over various releases, and this is still the acme for me. This album continues to resonate after all these years. When my Ipod hits a song from this album in its shuffle I invariably turn the volume up. This is a beautiful album, but one that does not take a cheery view of life. These are not songs that will make you smile or brighten your day. McMurtry's world is populated with the desperate, the failed, and those just hanging on. The songs "Down Across the Delaware", "Levelland", "One More Winter", and "Where'd You Hide the Body" are so lovely and so bleak. And if you are ever driving across west Texas, this is part of the soundtrack you need to play (see also Terry Allen and Jimmie Dale Gilmore). Give a listen to a great singer-songwriter and his best album (so far).
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Martin D. Seay on April 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
. . . but this is as close as you're likely to come. In all seriousness, I put *Body* on my personal shortlist of all-but-perfect albums, alongside Lyle Lovett's *Joshua Judges Ruth,* Patty Griffin's *Living With Ghosts,* Freedy Johnston's *Can You Fly* . . . even Dylan's *Blood on the Tracks* is an apt comparison. Several of the songs on this record -- "Levelland," "Down Across the Delaware," "Melinda," "Iolanthe" -- are, in my estimation, as good as any songs ever written by anybody, anywhere.
I don't want to regurgitate the praises offered by previous reviewers; they're all true, and all warranted. Instead, I'd like to use this space to draw particular attention to "Rachel's Song," which is one of the most powerful and affecting things I know. Written and sung from the perspective of an abandoned woman -- addressing in absentia the man who left her -- it's unlike anything else on the record: elsewhere McMurtry is sardonically funny and basically generous of spirit; this, however, is a long, level stare into the abyss -- a depiction of a cold, bottomless, almost inarticulate hatred that's so utterly pure as to consume or negate everything outside of itself. Absolutely stunning; I've never heard anything else remotely like it. To quote Jorge Luis Borges (on Robert Graves) -- this fable deserves to be very ancient.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is his best work as far as I am concerned, although all of his work ranks higher than most song weavers. His real world lyrics compete strongly with those of one of my other favorite musical poets of the day, Jeff Holmes of the "Floating Men". Both of these gents take you back to things that you remember in life with exceptional detail. The opening track, Iolanthe, is awesome and all the cuts grow on you with listening. From " mama had no sense with cars, she drove a sunbeam and drove it hard... on Fuller Brush Man to,..."I probably ought to quit my drinkin, but I don't believe I will." Lord knows I can relate to the Title track of "Where'd you hide the body?" This was my anthem during my divorce last year. Buy this if you live in the real world, you won't regret it!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chuck on October 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you were the son of the guy who wrote "The Last Picture Show" (father Larry McMurtry), what would you do? Paint houses, build houses, tend the bar, and generally pretend like you're not your father's son so that you don't have to live up to the expectations. But lucky for us, the younger McMurtry eventually got around to writing songs in his late 20s, and he had a hell of a lot to say. Thankfully he took the high road and didn't pre-judge every last podunk town and oddball hick in the Texas outlands that were his home. Rather, he told it like he saw it, maybe because he himself had stayed "too long in the wasteland" (ironically the title of his 1988 debut album.) By the time McMurtry hit his mid-30s, both his songwriting and guitar chops had matured to the point that I think this album can be favorably compared to Bob Dylan's opus "Blood on the Tracks" (also written in his mid-30s.) Yes, I say favorably, because "Where'd You Hide the Body" has absolutely no filler, whereas "Blood on the Tracks" suffered from the inclusion of "Lily Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts" and out-of-tune instruments on some tracks. The title track here is indeed the standout, but the songwriting quality is outstanding throughout. Plus, McMurtry's got the dusty voice (and the gritty guitar, a Fender VI electric) to match the content.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TAJ on September 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Where'd You Hide the Body is a spell binding and intriguing album. James McMurtry hit his stride with this release and his guitar work, using a myriad of alternative tunings is impressive. I have been surprised at the longevity of the CD, as time goes on each track reveals new secrets in song and lyric. His lyrics and melodies stay with you day in and out, and come to provide an anthem for the thoughtful. James explores the seemingly hum-drum and passers-by of life and ends up revealing the beauty of life and people of rural America. Wonderful work and the single most important cd I own.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Finefrock VINE VOICE on October 4, 2002
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This album starts out with six of the finest examples of songwriting that you are bound to encounter, anywhere. The next seven (including the instumental) fall just a notch below the openers in terms of quality.

With a knack for illuminating the tiniest details, James McMurtry has the ability to boil a short story down into a song. The songs themselves, detail lives in small towns and on the margins of society with empathy, but without romanticizing them into cliches. They are just like mini-documentaries delivered in the authors weary, been there-seen that voice.
Don Dixon's production is inventive and does an outstanding job of throwing these tales into high relief. If you admire anyone who can be considered a songwriter's songwriter, and are unfamiliar with James McMurtry's work, Start here.
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