Sonny James

If She Just Helps Me Get Over You

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If She Just Helps Me Get Over You takes its name from the melancholy song that became a Top 20 country hit for Sonny James in 1973. The album also contains the Top Five hit "I Love You More and More Everyday," which is arguably the inferior of the two songs despite being the bigger hit. James co-wrote half of the album with his frequent collaborator Carole Smith, including the downcast "When Tomorrow's Dark Hours Come" and the plane-wreck tragedy of "Sweet Echoes of Ann." James' familiar trick of modernizing the oldies seems formulaic if you're not enamored with his style, but fans will enjoy his updates of Lefty Frizzell's "Mom and Dad's Waltz" and the Porter Wagoner hit "Satisfied Mind." James was consistent to the point of stasis in the late '60s and early '70s, but his albums offered reliable if unsurprising entertainment.

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