Gene Watson

The Best of Gene Watson, Vol. 2

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This country singer lacks the mega-star status of a George Jones or a Merle Haggard but he has talent, a beautiful voice, and is fairly good at choosing songs. Still, a listener can wonder why the subject of a second volume of such an artist's so-called "best" recordings even comes up, especially when the playing time is so short that it seems like Watson is going out the back door only a moments after he has come in the front, to paraphrase a Haggard song. What is classic here is, of course, the great "Nothing Sure Looked Good on You," a song that literally rapes the notion of a typical country & western song with its eyes. Songwriter Joe Allen's indecisive ditty "Should I Go Home, or Should I Go Crazy" was a hit for several artists, but what is even better is another song by the same writer, "Pick the Wildwood Flower," which has both catchy chord changes and a pleasingly sentimental lyric.

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