FOUR STARS for Trouble In Mind
The tone is spot-on and the songs have just the right amount of heft, humour and humanity. You can see why Guy Clark championed this 32-year-old Texan and co-wrote with him on his last album. Even then Carll's own songs stood out. There are 14 on his first Lost Highway album (the previous two were indie), mostly stirring, good-natured country rock played with a fine band of borrowed roots musicians, including Darrell Scott, Dan Baird and Al Perkins. Carll comes out swinging on Drunken Poet's Dream -- full-force country, with joyful lines about a woman who "likes to get naked" and "wine bottles scattered like last night's clothes". He keeps up the pace until closer She Left Me For Jesus. "The last time we made love," he keens, "she called out his name"