Somewhere between "Desolation Row," "The Heart of Saturday Night," and The Last Picture Show, there are places and events that James McMurtry writes about. Vocally, he is seldom surprising, but always dependable. Sliding effortlessly from first- to third-person narrative, McMurtry presents great material, including maybe the definitive gettin' sober song, "Every Little Bit Counts." Other highlights include "Fast as I Can," "Tired of Walking," and the surprise inclusion of Townes Van Zandt's "Rex's Blues." Nothing wrong here. Produced by the legendary Lloyd Maines.
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AllMusic Review by William Ashford