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4.8 out of 5 stars
Living with the law (1991)
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on 13 November 2004
This impressive album of bluesy rock was one of the best debuts of 1991. The instrumental mix of guitars, pedal steel, tambourine, keyboards, harmonica and viola lends the album a distinctively atmospheric southern sound. Whitley's voice and the quality of the songs make it unforgettable.
The title track and Big Sky Country are gripping ballads whilst the uptempo Kick The Stones is a powerful mix of rock and country, flavoured by harmonica. The beautiful guitars stand out on the slow, emotive Make The Dirt Stick, whilst Daniel Lanois contributes guitar to the soulful Poison Girl with its hypnotic melody, churning viola and flowing vocals.
The sound hardens on Dust Radio as the guitars build up to a rousing crescendo, followed by short-wave voices and what sounds like a snatch of 1930s bluegrass. The acoustic guitar really shines on the passionate and intense Phone Call From Leavenworth, whilst Whitley's voice turns smoky on the gentle I Forget You Every Day, another track where the guitars slowly build momentum towards the end.
The eerie Long Way Around has an impressive arrangement and vocal/instrumental interplay, Look What Love Has Done is a simple but engaging dialogue between Whitley's expressive voice and the guitars, and Bordertown is a brilliant piece of blues-rock. The album is wrapped in a distinctive New Orleans style, within which there is much variety. The songs are sublime, the sound is superb - Living With The Law is a lost masterpiece.
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on 28 April 2013
A new artist to me - a good addition to my CD collection and will get played when I'm in the mood for some interesting grungy sound - it's certainly full of interesting tracks.
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on 3 February 2015
Killer album, dry desolate and soulful.
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on 10 November 2016
As described and a brilliant album
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on 28 February 2015
I found gentle but listenable
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on 5 February 2015
what a talent, sadly missed
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on 15 August 2015
Plays well, great CD.
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on 7 September 2015
I love it
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on 1 February 2015
super
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on 29 November 2014
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