Picks and Pans Review: Jon Randall

updated 10/03/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/03/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Walking Among the Living

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With the easy polish of Vince Gill and the wry quirkiness of Lyle Lovett, Randall breathes life into this varied, richly rewarding album. Randall's lyrics have a graceful, evocative assurance: "So let the willow weep a little harder/And let the dirt roads all lead out of town," he sings on "No Southern Comfort." And "North Carolina Moon" is a nostalgic, appropriately picturesque tribute to that state. Randall has released two discs without making much of a dent in the public consciousness. If there's any justice, that'll change with this superlative effort.

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