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While Childish Things isn't a political record, the centerpiece has to be 'We Can't Make It Here', McMurtry's commentary on the current state of the Union. This is his first studio album in over three years. Comparde. 2005.
Within the song cycle of innocence and experience that is Childish Things, James McMurtry continues to explore musical territory between rock and a hard place. The social commentary of the relentlessly bleak "We Can't Make It Here" and "Six-Year Drought" is more pointed than ever, while the arrangements throughout are as taut, muscular and slap-in-the-face direct as the songs. While the opening "See the Elephant," the title cut, and "Memorial Day" evoke a younger person's sense of wonder, the mortal lessons have plainly taken their toll by the closing "Holiday." Along the way, highlights range from the accordion-laced yearning of "Charlemagne's Home Town" to the Chuck Berry-style, guitar-driven rock of "The Old Part of Town" to a stirring duet with Joe Ely on "Old Slew Foot." With his terse, cut-to-the-bone artistry, McMurtry never wastes a word or a note. --Don McLeese
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : Yes
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.75 x 0.45 inches; 3.61 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Compadre Records
- Date First Available : January 29, 2007
- Label : Compadre Records
- ASIN : B000AMJDOC
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #334,465 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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I don't know how I let this one slip by in 2005, not after hearing the amazing LIVE IN AUGHT-THREE the year before. I picked up the excellent JUST US KIDS in 2008, but it took until now to finally hear this one. McMurtry is one of the best songwriters of our day, and tight touring band carries his stories of working people to bars across the land, and even across the ocean.
The scoundrels that crashed the economy and created 10% unemployment have just taken control of the House. It's the latest symptom of what is wrong deep in the guts of America. But James McMurtry is on the case, unblinking, documenting the perseverence, the stumbles, the laughs, and yes, the anger of those who are not Masters of the Universe, but those who simply try to live in this universe.
The best was yet to come.
When I first heard "SIx Year Drought" (Track 8), I was blown away. I was immediately hooked by the beautiful music of the intro. The WORDS! The words evoked vivid images. McMurtry is in a select class as a lyricist. All I can say is, "WOW!" I keep playing Track 8 again and again. Thank you for creating this CD, James!
I just ordered McMurtry's "Where'd You Hide The Body?" CD sight unseen and sound unheard. I want to hear more of James McMurtry!
In sum, James McMurtry has produced an alt-country masterpiece on a par with "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road" and "Real Fine Love." Get It,... Digg It...
The musicianship is superb. I like McMurtry's guitar playing here more than I ever have and his sardonic yet compassionate skewering of red state mentality is less polemical than the live CD, and so more profoundly to the heart of a group people who want to be led. There are no independent thinkers in McMurtry's worlds - when they do think for themselves, it all goes tragically wrong. Rather than pillory them, McMurtry shows the human scale to failure and while you don't necessarily want to reach out and hug these people, you get the point that but for a break here and there and a few dollars, that could be you, mate, that he's singing about.
I'd highly recommend this CD to anyone interested in unaffected and direct story-telling - there has never been a writer quite like McMurtry - think Elvis Costello without the boorish pretensions - well, you can't actually as there'd be nothing left. Never mind, Jame sis his own man anyway. Maybe Randy Newman in the early days with a rootsier sense of rhythm. Whatever. McMurtry delivers a remarkable collection of songs, and this is one of his very best CDs.