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Aimless Love (Oh Boy)

John Prine

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Like many of John Prine’s albums from the '80s, Aimless Love has a smooth and gentle sheen. The album’s hushed delivery enhances its key themes of loss, depression, loneliness, and love. “Be My Friend Tonight” sets the tone with its first lines: “I threw a party, nobody came/I bought all the tickets, they canceled the game/I give you my picture, it didn't fit your frame/Be my friend tonight.” As he aged, Prine increasingly saw the world as a place where human beings find it nearly impossible to be good to one another. This poignant realization recurs through Aimless Love, from the title song to “Me, Myself, and I” to “People Puttin’ People Down.” Prine is backed on these recordings by such luminaries as Spooner Oldham, Bobby Whitlock, and Donnie Fritts: Southerners who know a thing or two about the tender and tragic nature of the human soul and how to sing about it. To Prine’s credit, he never turns bitter; there's a twinkle in his eye even when he's at his lowest. And against everything he's seen and experienced in the world, he won't let go of his dream of love, as proven by the lyrics in the album’s closing song.

Customer Reviews

Quirkily Satisfying

One of John Prine's strengths is the somewhat off center way he sees the world and this album has plenty of that ("The Bottomless Lake", "Maureen Maureen", "The Oldest Baby In The World") but it also has a good share of down-to-earth ballads that are beautiful ("Somewhere Someone's Falling In Love", "Only Love" and "Aimless Love"). Every song will grow on you. Buy the whole thing!

Great Music

I'm a huge fan of John Prine ever since I saw him on the BobbyBare songwriters show and this is REALLY one of his best examples of his style and talent.


Born: October 10, 1946 in Maywood, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An acclaimed singer/songwriter whose literate work flirted with everything from acoustic folk to rockabilly to straight-ahead country, John Prine was born October 10, 1946, in Maywood, IL. Raised by parents firmly rooted in their rural Kentucky background, at age 14 Prine began learning to play the guitar from his older brother while taking inspiration from his grandfather, who had played with Merle Travis. After a two-year tenure in...
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