Jim Lauderdale

Onward Through It All

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It may be a little streamlined and polished, especially when compared to his previous releases, but Onward Through It All is another reminder of why Jim Lauderdale is considered one of the finest songwriters in Nashville. Even his lesser material is classy, well-crafted and sturdy, which may be why it's a little disappointing that much of this album is designed for radio play. Then again, he deserves some success on his own terms -- and that's why it's hard to be angered by the creeping slickness, since not only should he be heard by a wider audience, it doesn't distract from the fine craft behind the music.

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