Wednesday, September 26, 2012
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: DWIGHT YOAKAM - 3 PEARS
No matter the music, Yoakam always finds or writes smarter-than-your-average-bear adult country, with mature, flawed romance often the theme: "I've lusted for love but lust is so blind/and trust for a heart is a hard thing to find/But what's left of yours might help to heal mine." He can also have fun and take the words way past the usual country barriers, such as the title cut, which isn't about pears at all. Instead, it's about three pairs of glasses, that might refer to a broken family ("three pairs of shoeless feet"), but it's a partial glimpse of some life, and has a sleek modern production, more like an Elvis Costello song. Waterfall is tune that points out that we don't need all of the contraptions and more money, we need more love of life to be happy: "If I had a waterfall?we wouldn't wonder not at all/How much fun each day was gonna be."
Those are songs that set him apart, but its when he cuts loose on the basic stuff, you really get his value. I appreciate all the Americana and No Depression folk that do alt-country, but how about, you know, real country guys that get it and do it well? Hearing Yoakam romp through a cover of Dim Lights, Thick Smoke makes me long for Dave Dudley and all that stuff that used to rock country music from people you know that meant it. Yoakam has always, and still, means it.