Hank Snow

Lovingly Yours

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While overall being comprised of mostly pleasant songs, Lovingly Yours, is not a standout recording in the Hank Snow catalogue; it's probably about as middle-of-the-road as anything you'll find his name attached to. Sadly, it's also one of the last recordings he ever made. Though Snow is in fine form vocally, the material, mostly comprised of extremely mediocre pop balladry, is substantially overblown with rather trite overstatements fronting songs that contain little emotional punch. It's not that Snow can't deliver a fine ballad; it's just that tracks this overtly light, with breathy backup vocals and a hollow, atmospheric sound, just aren't characteristic of his best work. Plus, this is a true collaboration with Kelly Foxton, who possesses a pleasant, though nondescript voice, with the vocals being equally split between the two. The absence of both a solitary upbeat track and a sample of Snow's exemplary guitar playing is probably going to turn off hardcore fans as well. In the end, it seems that all of these factors made this album fade into obscurity about as quickly as Snow's duet partner did, and it appears few people have chosen to remember this effort at all.

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