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Hit and Miss
on 7 March 2017
First things first---"Hurt" is an absolute classic, and Johnny's take on "Personal Jesus" is great too. These two songs almost make up for the rest of it. Almost.
It's hard to imagine the process that led to *that* version of Hurt ending up on the same record as the recordings of Danny Boy and We'll Meet Again that are on offer here. The latter in particular strays dangerously close to pastiche - only the knowledge that Johnny was close to death can rescue it. Which is pretty much the problem with this record, really---you need to look through the maudlin lens of "Johnny's last record" in order to see the majority of what's on offer here as being worth repeated listening.
If Johnny had produced another six albums after this one it would definitely not be seen in the same light. What is the point in the rework of "give my love to Rose"? It offers nothing new. Much of the rest is just as unexciting.
So, if you want to jump on the sentimentality train then you'll probably find enough here to keep you interested. If you prefer to judge it as a collection of songs, prefer to hit "skip" a few times.
"Hurt", though. Fabulous.