Picks and Pans Review: Jamey Johnson

updated 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

That Lonesome Song |

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The singer-songwriter's second album comes off like a laid-back jam session with a few musician buddies. Johnson, who wrote or cowrote all but two of the songs, delivers dead-on observations of bad-boy behavior and hard-won redemption. "Mowin' Down the Roses" is a funky breakup tale, while "High Cost of Living" is a raw account of a life out of control. Throughout, Johnson's barroom baritone gives each line a Waylon-esque flavor. It's no coincidence: Johnson pays tribute to the country legend, one of his big influences, on "Between Jennings and Jones."
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