Ball - "Amigo"
Album Review by: Cheryl
David Ball's new album, is the first release of the new Arcaro/Dual
Tone Nashville label and is being produced by Wood Newton.
You can put away the
Prozac, friend ... you aren't going to need anything more than listening
to the thirteen songs on "Amigo" to lift your
spirits and restore your faith in the ability of Nashville to produce
great country music today.
Ball burst onto the country music scene in 1994 with a smash-hit single
and album that country.com referred to as "a brilliant breath of pure
countrified air" and he has continued that brilliance with each
successive album. Thinkin' Problem went platinum and racked up
Grammy, Academy of Country Music, and Country Music Association
nominations. Starlite Lounge came next and then Play ... both were
enthusiastically embraced by critics and fans alike, but not by radio.
"Amigo" is about
to change all that! My guess is that Loser
Friendly (in an era when everyone is looking for a
computer that is "user friendly") with its catchy lyrics and a
playful, toe-tappin' tune that stays in your mind long after you turn the
CD player off, just might be the next Thinkin' Problem.
David Ball personifies the phrase "country traditionalist." His
new album is true to the Opry sound that inspired him as a youngster and
the honky tonks that refined him as a young adult. Amigo is an
easy listening, more comfortable
than the old afghan granny made for you, flash-back to the country sound
that has always been produced by the true legends of country. There
isn't one song on this album that wouldn't be right at home on the Grand
Ole Opry stage. It is the easy-goin', reach out and grab your heart and
soul, voice of Ball that makes this the perfect tribute to traditional
country. Chet and Minnie are smiling for sure.
Ball manages to get a tight grip on our hearts with Riding
With Private Malone. This ballad is
certain to strike a chord with everyone, but especially with those who
have sent soldiers off to war -- never to see them again.
There is something for everyone on this CD. The lilting waltz Just
Out Of Reach will delight your classic,
musical soul while the instrumental "Shiner Polka" is sure to
get your spirit singing and your toes tapping. You will be instantly
transported to a Texas honky-tonk with the dynamic Linger
Awhile and Trying
Not To Love You while the salsa-flavored
"She Always Talked About Mexico" will leave you craving
margaritas. No David Ball album would be complete without at least one
gripping, tears-in-your beer, ballad like When
Ever You Come Back To Me. Amigo is a must have
addition to your CD collection. From first song to last, you will
feel the music and it feels really, really good.
No techno flash here -- just solid lyrics and masterful instrumentals
pulled, effortlessly, together with a voice that is the epitome of pure
country. Ever the consummate songwriter and musician, perhaps Ball
said it best on his last album when he sang "I'm Just A Country
Boy." Yep, he surely is ... and thank God for that!
-- Cheryl Harvey Hill
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