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2 Ratings

Awflrowing ,

Affected vocals

I have the same problem with the newly released "Guy" -- Mr. Earle sings with such a self conscious hillbilly affectation that it gets in the way of these beautiful songs. He claims to have all the respect in the world for Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark; one would think, then, that he would pay them the compliment of getting his ego out of the way and actually articulating the g******ed language. It's one thing to sing so self consciously on his own songs (it's even endearing at times, though it's grown markedly worse over time) but when interpreting the work of legends, it won't serve. It's an affectation behind which he can hide his emotions and vulnerability.

All I can say is thank God I knew the words to "Pancho and Lefty" and "To Live is to Fly" before I heard them here, or I would be wondering what the hell all the fuss was about.

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