Earl Thomas Conley

Don't Make It Easy for Me

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Conley speaks of "programming" himself to write, and in setting the tone for this album -- as well as the followup, Treadin' Water -- he programmed "radio records" into his consciousness. The result: a driving, rock-inflected package that yielded four number one singles -- the first time an album did that in any format. The title track and "Your Love's on the Line" are particularly listenable, but there's not a bad cut on it.

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