Known best (if at all) for Charles Shaar Murray's one-word review in the NME ("Bum."), Poet, Fool or Bum caught Lee Hazlewood in a sentimental, chagrined mode that didn't compare well to his earlier hard-bitten material. The production didn't help either; Hazlewood said he allowed Jimmy Bowen to produce it because Bowen needed the money, and there's no trace of Hazlewood's cunning production finesse. His songs weren't all bad, though. Alongside one song each from Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, Hazlewood sounded much more contented than he had in the past ("Heaven Is My Woman's Love," "Feathers," "Come Spend the Morning"), but allowed himself some room for his road-weary persona ("Nancy and Me," "Wind, Sky, Sea and Sand," "Think I'm Coming Down").
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AllMusic Review by John Bush