George Jones

Walls Can Fall

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"Wrong's What I Do Best," Jones sings in one song from Walls Can Fall, and listening to the album you almost believe he's telling the truth. Jones makes the same albums he's always made; two producers (this time Emory Gordy Jr.) since Billy Sherrill have failed to do more than decrease the number of novelty songs and tune up Jones' sound, which is still defined by low piano melodies and sawing fiddle. Jones continues to play off his legend: Songs like "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair," "Drive Me to Drink," and a cover of Merle Haggard's "The Bottle Let Me Down" sound scarier because of George's past. The thing is, wrong isn't what Jones does best. What Jones does best is consequences, which is why "There's the Door" sounds more emotionally devastating than anything else here.

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