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Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Here are some of Yoakam's best moments--which is to say some of the finest moments of recent country music history--distilled to their intoxicating essence. With only a simply strummed acoustic guitar to accompany these... more »
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Here are some of Yoakam's best moments--which is to say some of the finest moments of recent country music history--distilled to their intoxicating essence. With only a simply strummed acoustic guitar to accompany these tales of lost love, shattered dreams, and barstool misery, Yoakam wields the ability to move mountains and break hearts with an attitude that's both understated and confident. A stunning collection of country music's new standards. --S. Duda
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Clayton Y. from DAVIDSON, NC
Reviewed on 8/13/2006...
Lot's on nice covers, just Dwight and his guitar.
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Dwight does it again
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a long-time Dwight Yoakam fan, and I have enjoyed all of his albums to date. I wasn't sure what an acoustic album would be like (it was hard to imagine something like "Fast As You" without electric guitar), but I certainly wasn't disappointed; I was, in fact, pleasantly surprised. The album is good in more than one respect. The tracks are well-chosen and span Dwight's career, providing a pleasant retrospective that distinguishes itself from your typical repackaged greatest hits-type album (but do check out Just Lookin' for a Hit and Last Chance for a Thousand Years if you want to hear some great music). The engineering seems clear, and Dwight and his guitar turn out to be all you need to enjoy these excellent songs. The first track, "Bury Me," sounds perfect as it appears here, and "Guitars, Cadillacs" sums up the work neatly. Also, the album is over 70 minutes long, meaning you get a lot of (once again, very good; it's repetitive, but it's true) music for your money. For longtime fans of Dwight Yoakam, for people who enjoy a stripped-down sound, or for people wanting to experience a talented artist from a new angle, this album is for you."
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Never mind the unusual, barebones packaging, just focus on the great music on this CD. Yoakam has never sounded better, and his solo voice, accompanied by his acoutic guitar, is by turns heartbreaking, haunting, and sexy. The 25 songs are taken from his entire career, and range from a magnificent, hymn-like, a capella version of Guitars, Cadillacs to an Elvis-like remake of Fast As You. With the new arrangements, he has managed to make all his classics sound new, and the acoustic format makes it sound as if he's performing in your living room. This CD will make you realize how under-rated this great singer/songwriter is. In an era where far too many country singers sound alike and write alike, Yoakam's originality and pure talent shine through. It doesn't matter whether you call his style of music honky-tonk, Bakersfield sound, Americana, or alt-country, it's great music. Buy this CD, you won't regret it. Now, if only country radio would play some of these tracks . . ."