Picks and Pans Review: Lovesick, Broke and Driftin'
Whatever other problems Hank Williams III might have, he needn't worry about the sophomore jinx. This is an extraordinary second album—an extraordinary album, period. With his nasal, compressed vocals, Williams often sounds uncannily like his revered grandfather, but he never seems to be imitating him. Even so, on honky-tonkish songs such as "Whiskey, Weed and Women" it seems as if he has inherited some of Hank Sr.'s penchant for fast living. All but one of this disc's 13 tunes (a well-chosen cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City") are his originals, and some, like "Walkin' with Sorrow," sound mournful and melodic enough to have been written by Grandpa himself. At 29, Hank Jr.'s son is the same age Hank Sr. was when he died in 1952 on the way to a concert, but this Williams has a long, bright future ahead of him.
Bottom Line: You'll be Hankering for more