Picks and Pans Review: On the Front Line
Seals will have a hard time equaling the runaway success of his previous album, Won't Be Blue Anymore, which spawned three No. 1 country singles. It also established him among the leading male purveyors of nouveau country music: acoustic, unfettered and occasionally rocking. While this album seems not quite so chock full of hits, it has its moments. The Bucky Jones-Gary Nicholson-Kevin Welch tune Fewer Threads Than These is an original bit of country romance, while Seals's Guitar Man Out of Control gels happily raucous. Seals, his England Dan days now far behind him, has an easy, mosey-along style, and it blends nicely with Emmylou Harris for the sweet Lullaby, which he wrote with Rate VanHoy. The instrumental support is formidable, with Mark O'Conner on mandolin, Jim Horn on saxophone, VanHoy on guitar and Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson on harmonica making noteworthy contributions. This isn't the kind of breakthrough record anyone will run around brandishing, yelling, "Hey! Have you heard this guy?" It's more the kind people will hear and think, "Yeah, he is good, isn't he?" (Capitol)
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