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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb...country with a bit of outlaw attitude....,
His first album "The Dollar" was excellent. His last album "The Lonesone Sound" is one of the best albums for a very long time and a very hard one to follow. Could he follow it? Could he keep up the standard of his last album? The answer is a resounding YES! This is a 2 CD set with 25 songs. The black album is the more downbeat but not totally so. It is full of excellent songs......Lonely At The Top, Poor man Blues....but all are excellent. The other CD, the White Album is the happier of the 2 but again not altogether so. There is a great duet with Bill Anderson (the title song).....his cover of "For the Good Times" is the best I have heard this song sung. some well chosen covers.....plenty of originals but Jamey Johnson makes them his own with his own singing style....as he once sung....somewhere between Jennings and Jones.....2 CDs packed full of great music .....Great voice....great musicianship.....great songs.....the standard is very high throughout.....country with a bit of outlaw attitude.....simply superb......If you love country music, it does not get any better than this. 2 great CDs for the price of one! VERY highly recommended.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album but .......,
Although this collection is far from perfect, it's possibly the best new country album I've heard this year.
Sprawled across over an hour and a half Jamey Johnson returns to the successful formula of his previous album, "That Lonesome Song", presenting a mix of originals and inspired covers. The pre-release blurb talks about the two discs - the white album and the black album - being, "A tale. The first part of it is a very dark and sordid story. Everything after that is progressively more positive, reassuring and redemptive." Hmm, possibly ..... but I don't get that feel myself - especially as the first album opens with the quite amusing and jolly "Lonely at the Top".
This is an album that could easily appeal to those who don't normally listen to country music, veering in a number of places into a very definite southern rock vibe, especially on the tracks that feature extended instrumental play outs ("Don't Cash My Checks", "Heartache", "By The Seat of Your Pants", and "California Riots").
Johnson seems to like to pay tribute on his albums and this one is no different. And his choices are inspired! His version of "Set `em Up Joe" is excellent, and his take on Kris Kristofferson's "For The Good Times" is kind of ironic - he's always being compared to the country outlaws of the 1970s, Waylon etc., but here on this album he reminds me more of Kristofferson than anyone else. And that can never be a bad thing!
The playing throughout is excellent, though special mention must be made of steel player "Cowboy" Eddie Long. His playing is all over this collection and almost worth the entry price by itself!
As I said at the start, this collection isn't perfect. Whilst I couldn't point the finger at any particularly tracks to cull, I feel it's too long. I can't help thinking that it would have worked better as a single 80 minute album. Hence four stars rather than five. And I do wish he'd simply present the songs and not feel the need to have little bits of background noise and studio chatter between the tracks.
Finally I've got to say something about the way this album is packaged - an awful card sleeve with little slots for the discs. I've only had it two days and it's already looking like it's not going to last - the disc slots have already started to tear and I can see that taking the discs in and out is going to mark them. There are two booklets in the front fold of the sleeve and every time I open it they flop out!! To be honest I wish I'd simply downloaded it!!
But whinge over - it's still a great album!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album Of The Year,
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I've been playing this double CD on constant rotation for the past 2 weeks and it still keeps me enthralled , the songs have so much subtlety and depth to them , far more than you normally would find on a "mainstream" Country album .
Stylistically , it's very much in the Waylon/Outlaw camp so if you like that kind of thing you will love this . Jamey is a new artist to me but i will be searching out his earlier stuff that's for sure . Utterly brilliant and it is my vote for Album Of The Year . If you love hard-boiled Country music with gritty lyrics then you can look no further , a new saviour has arrived !
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Finest Country Artist Since Randy Travis,
Words can't express just how amazing Jamey Johnson's voice is.
He is the REAL deal. Not since Randy Travis has someone this talented become such a star.
It's the voice, the image the skill.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Album,
I really like this album. You will too, even if you are not particularly keen on C&W. Only caveat is that the intro' to the opening track may scare you off a bit if you are not a real C&W/steel horse fan ... but keep with it.
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