Friday, September 27, 2013
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: DWIGHT YOAKAM - 21st CENTURY HITS Best of 2000 - 2012
Elsewhere, he does stick true to his roots though. There's an entire tribute album out there to Buck Owens, his mentor and muse, called Dwight Sings Buck, released in 2007, just after Owens passed. That includes a couple of faithful renditions included on this package, reclaiming Act Naturally from Ringo, and also a thoroughly excellent reworking of Close Up The Honky Tonks, made a modern ballad. So there you go, you can have it both ways, old and new style country. The main thing is to write or cover inspired songs.
He's only partially successful with that, at least weighing the 14 cuts here. For some reason, the only track from the acclaimed 2010 album 3 Pairs included here is a muddy mess produced by Beck, A Heart Like Mine, a case of the wrong producer wrecking a good cut. There are far better numbers on that disc. The compilers do grab a couple of gems from the 2005 disc Blame The Vain, the title cut and Intentional Heartache, but those were (failed) singles, so they didn't have to think too hard. I have all those Yoakam albums, and have pretty much enjoyed them all. The problem here is a sloppy job choosing his best, which is odd, since Yoakam himself is one of the two people who picked them.