Where Way Out West impressed the listener with wild rockers and stratospheric yodeling, Total Yodel!, ironically, is a fairly low-key affair, heavy with high lonesome ballads and cowboy songs. Indeed, we hear more of Wylie's yodeling skills here, but rather than knocking our socks off, they are a subtle part of the music in the style of Jimmie Rodgers, and a number of covers (including three by Rodgers) confirm that Wylie values tradition over gimmickry. Infectious in its simplicity, Total Yodel!'s sincerity and energy set the tone for its masterful follow-up, Ridin' the Hi-Line.
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AllMusic Review by Jim Smith