Don Williams

One Good Well/True Love/Currents

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BGO's 2014 set rounds up three Don Williams albums from the turn of the '80s: 1989's One Good Well, 1990's True Love, and 1992's Currents. These are the last records Williams made for RCA and, essentially, they're his last attempts at getting on country radio. "It's Who You Love," the last song on Currents, was his last charting single -- and it barely charted, scraping the charts at 73 -- and although he'd later have a new millennial comeback, he never saw radio play again. He wasn't trying for a hit here, just settling into his very comfortable groove. That groove was so comfortable and so extended that it's a bit hard to tell the difference between these three albums when they're combined into one package, but that's not entirely a bad thing. Every one of these was designed as mood music, to be a record that slips into the background on the warmth of Williams' voice, and each succeeds in that goal. Perhaps the production is getting a little bit too precise, open and clean -- a hallmark of the early '90s that doesn't wear especially well -- but Williams keeps things centered and it's rather remarkable how easy he makes it all seem.

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