RELEASE
LABEL
Mercury
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock

Album Review

J.J. Cale drifts toward a more pop approach on this album, starting with the lead-off track, "City Girls," which could almost but not quite be a hit single. The usual blues and country shuffle approach is in effect, but Audie Ashworth's production is unusually sharp, the playing has more bite than usual, and Cale, whose vocals are for the most part up in the mix, sounds more engaged. It's not clear, however, that this is an improvement over his usual laidback approach, and, in any case, it shouldn't be over-emphasized -- this is still a J.J. Cale album, with its cantering tempos and single-note guitar runs. It's just that, when you have a style as defined as Cale's, little movements in style loom larger.
William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. City Girlshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/city-girls/id78360?i=78345&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Devil in Disguisehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/devil-in-disguise/id78360?i=78350&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. One Step Ahead of the Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/one-step-ahead-of-the-blues/id78360?i=41795870&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. You Keep Me Hangin' Onhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-keep-me-hangin-on/id78360?i=78352&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Downtown L.A.http://itunes.apple.com/album/downtown-l-a/id78360?i=78354&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Can't Live Herehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/cant-live-here/id78360?i=41795876&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Grasshopperhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/grasshopper/id78360?i=41795879&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Drifters Wifehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/drifters-wife/id78360?i=41795882&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Don't Waithttp://itunes.apple.com/album/dont-wait/id78360?i=78356&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. A Thing Going Onhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/a-thing-going-on/id78360?i=78358&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Nobody But Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/nobody-but-you/id78360?i=41795885&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Mississippi Riverhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/mississippi-river/id78360?i=41795888&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Does Your Mama Like to Reggaehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/does-your-mama-like-to-reggae/id78360?i=41795891&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Dr. Jivehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/dr-jive/id78360?i=41795897&uo=5&at=11l9vR
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