Lee Ann Womack -
Call Me Crazy
Moulton, CSO Staff Journalist
Ann Womack has tried most formulas of country music, with
arguably her best music being in her first couple of
traditional country albums. "Never Again", "The Fool", "Little
Past Little Rock", and many other great songs. Her last CD which did very well, was
titled There's More Where That Came From, which was very traditional,
actually was what I was expecting this time. Womack had her
most popular CD, titled I Hope You Dance, which was more modern
Nashville type country, but that was back in 2000.
So what came out with Call Me
Crazy, we have all the familiar Nashville people
working with her, and Womack co-wrote most of the songs. Tony
Brown produced, and it was mastered by Bob Ludwig of
Gateway Mastering, which is a bit unusual in that he
usually masters rock CDs, but he's also known as one of the industry
The players included Brent Mason on
electric guitar and
Bryan Sutton on acoustic, they have played together on many
CDs. Paul Franklin's pedal steel seems to be the central
instrument. Larry Franklin plays fiddle.
Womack sounds great on the slow, heartbreak ballad "Last
Call" which has a haunting melody and is a great
performance. What really sticks out in the music is Lee
Ann's pure emotive lyrics. "Either Way" is another slow sad
song, but it really works, with some real nice electric
guitar by Brent Mason.
What does not fit in my opinion is the tacky cardboard cover
with her in a scantily clad showgirl outfit. It has nothing
to do with the CD. This is probably the first album Womack
has done where just
about every song is a sad ballad, but a lot of country music
is like that. At times it seems overproduced with the layers
of guitars and vocals, as opposed to Patty Loveless' new
CD which is almost like a live recording, just one track
per instrument, not much overdubbing. The finished work, does however give mastering engineer Ludwig plenty of room
to work his craft and he takes the music and just gives it
incredible tone work, no clipping, just a great recording.
At times, in some of the songs, you can hear the musicians
breaking out of the Nashville mold a bit and adding a
different, almost alternative sense to the mix.
"The Bees" for instance, is an interesting musical composition.
I guess that my Favorite song is "I Think I Know", about
what killed Keith Whitley, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. The
words just come out in such a vibrant, emotive way, great
melody with plenty of memorable hooks.
George Strait joins her
in a duet called "Everything But Quits", very well done by the pair. Womack ends
the album as she does every album with a spiritual song,
this one called "The Story Of My Life", probably the most
upbeat song on the whole disc. Personally, I think it is a
very well done recording with some very good material, but I
do not know how well it will do.
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