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Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
Kinky's self-titled second album includes many of his best creations, and it works because, no matter how far the lyrics stray from traditional country terrain, the songs are always delivered with sincerity, conviction, an... more »
Kinky's self-titled second album includes many of his best creations, and it works because, no matter how far the lyrics stray from traditional country terrain, the songs are always delivered with sincerity, conviction, and high-quality musicianship. Arrangements range from steel-drenched honky-tonk to peppy swing to orchestral ballads, while lyrical themes range from the pseudo-gospel to the adolescent, the satirical to the nonsensical, the mundane to the mystical. Another highlight is Friedman's hysterical liner notes, which discuss the travails of a "Texas Jewboy" dealing with record execs and coming to grips with his station in country-music society. Originally released in 1974, this record must have done something right, for it precipitated appearances on both the Grand Ole Opry and Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue. --Marc Greilsamer
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this record after buying the Kinky Friedman tribute album "Pearls in the Snow." Though it's great to hear other artists doing Kinky's material, as on PEARLS, sometimes it's best to go right to the source. This album is poignant, funny, hip, and just plain cool. I wish I'd heard it years ago. Favorite cuts: They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore, Popeye the Sailor, and Autographs, the last also found on "Pearls", sung by Delbert McClinton. Definitely five stars."
Country music's leading intellectual (and clown)
simon barrett | Beckenham, Kent, United Kingdom | 01/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of my favourite records for nigh on 30 years - what more can I say? I don't like calling songs 'poetry' but Kinky's work is certainly literature - more than his books, anyway!! - in its depth and ambiguity. (I'm talking about the words now - the tunes are just out for a good time.) Half this album is country (check the personnel!) half is good-time music (GREAT production) but the whole combines pathos with subversion."
Ride 'em Kinky
Kevan James | 06/25/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't like this album as much as "Sold American" but still thinks it's excellent stuff. I'm not a huge fan of country music but think the Kinkster manages to get just the right blend of tunefulness and humour. It's a shame he isn't better known for his music in the UK, most people here only know him for his crime novels (if they've heard of him at all that is). Keep ridin' 'em, Kinky!!"