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Lee Ann Womack, The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone (ATO Records)

At 50something, this country music veteran has a relatively small number of studio records to her name, which of course can be a good thing, and in this case it is. Half of this LP — her ninth — is comprised of covers and Adam Wright/Waylon Payne contributions, but her own stuff fits so well with the remakes (a torchy version of Harlan Howard’s “He Called Me Baby,” a fragile mockup of Lefty Frizzell’s “Long Black Veil”) that you have to believe her when she claims that she wanted to get away from all the glitz of Nashville and tap into old East Texas vibes. She’s still a vocal cross between Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton, but this material really does a fine job of avoiding sounding like disposable redneck mush, a trick Nashville continues to applaud but keep at a far enough distance to keep Billboard happy. The gospel-tinged cover of George Jones’s “Take the Devil Out of Me” is a particular standout.
— Eric W. Saeger




Powerman 5000, New Wave (Pavement Entertainment)
CD Reviews: November 23, 2017

11/23/17
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Powerman 5000, New Wave (Pavement Entertainment)

Eh, this isn’t so bad, particularly if you’d listen to anything out of a Nine Inch Nails randomizer app, just as long as it’s got that blubbering beta-goth Trent-ish vocal and the production values are that one crucial cut above DIY. This, then, is a departure from PM5000’s olden days, when critics used the band as a handy diss when tasked with describing trite, middlebrow Motley Crue wannabes with too much bar-blues going on. The only thing that hasn’t changed is the band’s soporific effect on human brains — even with some cool (if unneccessary)  Pendulum electro-metal going on here, you just know that if you were at some Metalfest and these guys were cookin’, you’d be counting the minutes before, well, anything else came onstage. They’re at a crossroads as far as a stage look, too, like it’s as if Avenged Sevenfold and Billy Idol got trapped in the wardrobe room of a Rob Zombie movie. B- 
— Eric W. Saeger





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