Trouble In Mind: A- Review!
Texas singer-songwriter Carll makes nouveau-outlaw country, poetic diction delivered with a rasp (a lover who "likes to lay naked and be gazed upon," indeed). His best melodies are honky-tonk lamentations, with detours into banjo-plunking balladry ("Girl Downtown") and Stones-y rock ("Bad Liver and a Broken Heart"). The creator of one of the year's best country albums thus far, Carll also covers Tom Waits ("I Don't Wanna Grow Up"), but his own irreligious doggerel--"She Left Me for Jesus," sure to get him shunned in Nashville--beats Waits by a mile.
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