Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Live & Learn
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Knots don't jump out at you. You could listen to it once or twice and write it off as a sweet but sleepy singer-songwriter exercise. Listen closely, though, and you'll discover that a song like "Something of Myself," de... more »
Knots don't jump out at you. You could listen to it once or twice and write it off as a sweet but sleepy singer-songwriter exercise. Listen closely, though, and you'll discover that a song like "Something of Myself," despite its Garth Brooks-like declaration "I wanna make something of myself," is really a wicked satire of all those dreamers too lazy to get off the couch. "Take It Easy" at first seems like a preachy song about old-fashioned values, but listen again and you'll find it's actually a sly satire on the impossibility of ever knowing anything about love. Not all 10 songs on the album contain such surprises; a handful are every bit as sentimental and slight as they first appear. The majority, though, are as smart and witty as anything being written in Nashville these days. --Geoffrey Himes
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A pop music masterpiece!
J. R. Charles | Southeastern Wisconsin-United States | 05/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am glad to finally have an opportunity to write about this CD. I have owned a copy almost since its release in '92 and it is one that I return to very often. The songs are simply superb! The melodies, the messages, the musicians' playing, the arrangements....everything makes this one of my favorite projects ever! "Just Passing Through" is such a powerful message and comment on our lives here. Mac is very spiritual in his songs. "Junk Cars"....who'd have thought of such a song besides Mac? "Socrates"...man, this tears me up! The story is fascinating and speaks volumes on common sense. "All These Years" is a very candid commentary on marriages that have grown apart. "Somewhere Nice Forever"...I can't figure out how you could perform this song and keep your eyes dry. The whole CD is just amazing! If you are fortunate enough to be able to acquire a copy of this, do not pass it up. Fabulous...simply fabulous."
Another fine album from a great songwriter.
J. R. Charles | 06/02/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a fan of Mac's for twenty years. I first saw him in concert in 1978 performing with John Prine in Atlanta.This is a fine album with one of Mac's signature songs, "All These Years".I give it a relatively low score for I feel his earlier albums have better material and "feel" to them.I recommend "The Simple Life", "Nothing But The Truth" and "No Problem Here" as albums to add to your collection."
SUBSTANCE OVER STYLE
B. Aderholt | Huntsville, Alabama | 08/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first began to listen to Mac Mcanally in the late 70's. I have follwed his career over four decades now. I can never undersand why somone of his talent and substance is not a mega star. When I compare Mac to Garth Brooks or Tim McGraw the latter are found definitely wanting. He may not wear a cowboy hat but he is one of the most talented singer-songwriters in the US."