Unfoolish consistency: Dwight Yoakam

He’s back….

Humanizing The Vacuum

In my review of Dwight Yoakam’s Second Hand Heart, I noted the energy and suppleness of the performances. Other than a slight mixing down of vocals, I hear little difference between this and the albums produced by Pete Anderson. The last Anderson album, 2003’s Population Me, boasting a lovely Willie Nelson duet and “The Back of Your Hand,” one of Yoakam’s best songs, marked the real comeback after a fallow late nineties. The ghost of John Cougar Mellencamp – the one who recorded Uh-Huh and Scarecrow – prowls these songs too. I should have made more of the connection, but these days I’m skeptical of Name The Influence.

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