Trouble In Mind: Edgy, Outlaw Attitude
“I’m wild as a turkey under a Christmas moon / I’m as empty as my wallet on a Sunday afternoon.” That adroit couplet sums up Hayes Carll’s insurgent stance, now in full bloom on his pointedly titled third album. Carll’s devil-may-care spit and swagger is especially evident on such offerings as “Drunken Poet’s Dream,” “Don’t Let Me Fall,” “Willing to Love Again” and “Wild as a Turkey,” which boasts the aforementioned assertion. Carll connects that edgy, outlaw attitude to feisty melodies, an ornery drawl and ramshackle arrangements that evoke a Sunday-morning hangover after a particularly rowdy Saturday night. Suffice it to say, Trouble In Mind will prove mighty worrisome for those who insist on political correctness. Proof lies in “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up,” a tirade on the need to avoid aging, and “She Left Me for Jesus,” a frustrated lament about his girlfriend’s newfound faith. Both bode equal-opportunity offense.
FOR FANS OF:
Steve Earle – Copperhead Road
Ryan Adams – Love Is Hell
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Dangerous Spirits