14 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jamey Johnson's 2006 debut was defiantly old-school sounding, but he went full-on outlaw for this follow-up, with spectacular results. This album owes a spiritual debt to vintage Waylon Jennings, acknowledged by a brace of spot-on covers. But with his muscular baritone and knack for no-nonsense storytelling, Johnson crafts some new outlaw country classics of his own, whether he's unsentimentally tallying the tolls of addiction on "High Cost of Living" or lamenting a wrecked romance on the intense, smoldering ballad "Mary Go Round."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jamey Johnson's 2006 debut was defiantly old-school sounding, but he went full-on outlaw for this follow-up, with spectacular results. This album owes a spiritual debt to vintage Waylon Jennings, acknowledged by a brace of spot-on covers. But with his muscular baritone and knack for no-nonsense storytelling, Johnson crafts some new outlaw country classics of his own, whether he's unsentimentally tallying the tolls of addiction on "High Cost of Living" or lamenting a wrecked romance on the intense, smoldering ballad "Mary Go Round."

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