LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL - Jamey Johnson CD Review
Album Review | Jamey Johnson, 'The Guitar Song'
By Jeffrey Lee Puckett
October 1, 2010
Jamey Johnson will never save Nashville, because it doesn't want to be saved. The pop songs work just fine, thanks, and the money spends. Still, there are diehards out there who appreciate a tougher, more ornery version of country, and they've made this double CD (triple LP) a No.1 record.
Johnson's 25-song epic never calls attention to itself, or tries to live up to its sprawl. Instead, over the course of 102 minutes, Johnson picks his unhurried way through a subtle litany of traditional tavern woes, lingering over issues of pride, heartache and home as if he's establishing his own template, or ground zero. Johnson trusts his rugged baritone and sure way with a telling detail to keep the record from stalling, and it rarely does.
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