With so many classic country and western artists making comebacks in the 1990s, it was only natural that Waylon Jennings did so too. But, rather than follow the surfeit of "comebacks," Jennings took his own sweet time, and you are rewarded justly with Closing In on the Fire. It's a fabulous album, spotlighting Jennings' powerful vocals as well as his direct, to-the-bone songwriting. Most of the record rocks surprisingly hard, especially Tony Joe White's swampy title track. Guest appearances by Sheryl Crow, Mark Knopfler, Mary Stuart, and others are a plus, but this is Waylon's record -- one of his finest in the last 20 years -- and the man really doesn't need the help.
Closing In on the Fire Review
by Matthew Greenwald