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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Too Long In The Wasteland by James McMurtry

A wonderful album - I can listen to it as I drive for days..

I bought this album on the recommendation of a friend and boy am I glad I did! The lyrics are poignant and yet work. You can tell that he inherited his dad's (Lonesome Dove author Larry McMurtry) ability to mold and use the English language. But the great thing is that the music is just as good as the lyrics - you'd be singing along even if the words were meaningless.

This album was made with John Mellencamp's band - sort of on loan. The music is very solid, but the stories told by the lyrics steal the show.

I gave my only copy to a friend (and fellow fan who had worn his cassette out) that was called up to active duty after 9/11 - I knew that he could use the boost more than me.

Every McMurtry album has great songs but this one is strong all of the way through!

I rate this album 5 stars out of 5.

Reviewed on August 14, 2004.

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