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This review is from: Come On Come On (Audio CD)
This album is a blast.
On the ebullient I Feel Lucky, track 4 of a set of twelve well-programmed songs, the often rather sedate Mary sings, twinkle-eyed and mischief in her voice:
Well, eleven million later I was sitting at the bar,
I`d bought the house a double and the waitress a new car,
Dwight Yoakam`s in the corner trying to catch my eye,
Lyle Lovett`s right beside me, with his hand upon my thigh...
Hey Dwight, Hey Lyle, boys you don`t have to fight,
Hot dog, I feel lucky tonight!
I promise it isn`t just that Lyle and Dwight are two of my very favourite country singers that makes me love this song, but it`s good to know MCC admires them too, in whatever way she sees fit.
This was the record that really made her name, and it`s full of terrific songs, including a smattering of ballads, and bursts with life and high spirits.
I Am a Town is a beautiful slow number, in which Mary tells us all the various things, places and people that have made her what and who she is.
He Thinks He`ll Keep Her is one of her most famous songs, a cautionary tale and wry commentary on a man who fondly imagines he`ll hold on to his wife.
The title song which closes the album is a gentle, slow number that ends matters in a pleasingly low-key way, after such a generally upbeat run of songs.
All the songs here pack a punch in one way or another, making this one of Mary`s most compelling albums (it was followed by the equally wonderful Stones in the Road).
While there`s little here that`s earth-shattering, her literate lyrics, pure and true voice and musical intelligence are all ingredients which have made this woman a consistently likeable singer-songwriter who transcends genres. I came late to her but I`m eternally grateful I found her. She`s a singer who repays many listens.
This one mostly shows Mary Chapin at her raunchiest and most abandoned. It suits her. After all, she was feeling lucky!
She was right to.