on 3 July 2003
This album is vintage Tom Russell. His melodic tones coupled with Andrew Hardins guitar make this a must for any Tom Russell fan. Tom's ability to tell a story in song is undiminished. The Kid from Spavinaw, Isaac Lewis, The boy who cried wolf rank alonside prvious classics such as The Angel of Lyon and Veterans day etc. Well worth buying.
on 10 December 2008
I can't understand why people can give this album 5 stars. I own almost all Tom Russell albums. The ones I love most are the ones from the period from Heart on a Sleeve to Hurricane Season, and Song of the West, The Man from God knows Where and Borderland. "Modern Art" is in my opinion a pretentious failure and very dull, although there are a couple of good tracks. The main two things that are lacking compared to Russell's best are the intense Western atmosphere, which makes you feel like you are really there, and an inspired and swinging backing band (like on Poor Man's Dream, Hurricane Season or Borderland). This album lacks drive. I much prefer the less well-received "Indians Cowboys Horses Dogs", which has these two qualities in abundance in spite of some shortcomings.