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Editors’ Notes

The craziest thing about Lee Ann Womack’s 2008 album may be its title. There’s not a lot of lunacy to be found on Call Me Crazy, but fans of good country music won’t miss the madness. Since her debut, Womack has avoided excess in favor of a restrained yet soulful brand of country traditionalism. Call Me Crazy is no different, though a few quirky arrangements add some fresh colors to her sound. The mood is mostly melancholy, lightened by flashes of hard-won optimism. “Last Call” is the album’s obvious radio hit, a mixture of sentimentality and realism that fits Womack’s vocal style perfectly. The bruised side of love is probed further on “Either Way” and “If These Walls Could Talk,” while “I Think I Know” offers a toast to country music’s fallen legends. Producer Tony Brown tries some new touches, such as the reverb-heavy groove of “The Bees” (featuring Keith Urban). More expected (and just as welcome) is the string-draped ballad “Everything But Quits” (a duet with George Strait) and the subdued meditation “The Story of My Life” (an echo of Womack’s hit “I Hope You Dance”). Crazy or otherwise, Lee Ann is in consistently fine form here.

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No need to be skeptical - definitely worth the buy!

Lee Ann didn't disappoint with "Call Me Crazy", an album filled with haunting melodies and incredible harmonies sure to please your inner ears. Of particular note are Last Call, Either Way, New Again, The Bees and The Story of My Life, many of which have intricately laced instrumental layers to compliment her vocals...Ironically reminiscent of Dolly Parton, this might just fall into the best country albums of 2008.

Lee Ann Womack knocks out a great country album

Its refreshing to still see a country album of straight drinking and broken hearts songs in the modern country world that seems to be slipping further and further into pop. 90% of the songs on Call Me Crazy deal with alcohol, losing love, or both. The lead single "Last Call" is the perfect example of what I am talking about. Its about a girl who has the memories of a soured relationship burned into her brain every time she's get a call from her ex-lover, who only calls when he's drunk to confess that he still loves her. I'm surprised radio hasn't caught on to "Last Call" yet, because its a great country song. Speaking of traditional country music, "If These Walls Could Talk" sounds like something George Jones could have sung in the 70s. The song is about a home being so messed up and uncaring inside that if the walls could talk, they'd pray for the people living there. It reminds me of Willie Nelson's "Hello Walls", which happens to be one of my all-time favorite country tunes. Another example of the drinking/broken hearts theme is "I Think I Know". The song caught my attention instantly with the opening line, "I think I know what killed Keith Whitley and it wasn't just the whiskey". With subsequent verses about Hank Williams, Sr. and Johnny Cash, the song definitely grabs your attention and keeps it. Womack sings about that un-tangible lonesomeness that grips some people to their grave, almost making it seem like Whitley, Hank Sr, and Cash were doomed from the moment they were born. There is something about track number 7, "The Bees", that's unexplainable. The song is very abstract, almost eerie. Womack sings about the buzz of life, pardon the pun, and how things happen for a reason. That's what I got out of it anyway. The music is hypnotizing with a steady drumbeat, the hum of an organ, some acoustic guitar licks, a ghostly slide guitar whine, and a little piano thrown in sporadically. Keith Urban supplies back-up vocals and harmonizes beautifully with Womack. For all the gold contained in Call Me Crazy, there seems to be just as much garbage. One of my major complaints against country albums is the enormous amount of "filler" that can be found. Songs like "Either Way", "New Again", and "King of Broken Hearts" seem like they are just there to fill time. "Either Way" is about a woman who tells her man that she won't love him if he leaves and she won't love him if he stays either. How boring and apathetic is that? Did you know that "King of Broken Hearts" is a re-make of a George Strait song? I bet George Strait didn't know either, because its a completely forgettable song. I don't know who is responsible for "Everything But Quits", but whoever it is needs to re-think their strategy. You've got Lee Ann Womack, a well-respected modern-day country traditionalist. You've got George Strait, a certified LEGEND in country music. The best song you could give them was "Everything But Quits"? Those two with a better song could have been an instant classic. Instead you get an instant dud.

Lee Ann Womack - Call Me Crazy

Back in 2005 Lee Ann released her fifth album "There's More Where That Came From". Now the country music star is back with her latest "Call Me Crazy". Production is handeled by Tony Brown, with the only guest star being George Starit. Here is how Lee Ann did on "Call Me Crazy". Last Call 4/5 Either Way 3.5/5 Solitary Thinkin 4.5/5 New Again 4.5/5 I Found It In You 3.5/5 Have You Seen That Girl 4.5/5 The Bees 4/5 I Think I Know 3.5/5 If These Walls Could Talk 4.5/5 Everything But Quits 5/5 The King Of Broken Hearts 3.5/5 The Story Of My Life 4.5/5 As usual Womack doesn't dissapoint on "Call Me Crazy". Womack is mostly known for her smooth yet spirtful country type. She rarely features guests on her album but she features George Strait on the song "Everything But Quits" which was a solid worthy track. Lyrically, this album is enjoyable. No songs go past without having the best lyrics I have heard from a country singer. Production is also great on lots of songs. Most production is great and smooth such as on "New Again" and "The Bees". And being the only guest star on the album, George Starit did outstanding on his part. Lee Ann's work fails not as "Call Me Crazy" is one of the most respectable country albums of 2008.

Biography

Born: August 19, 1966 in Jacksonville, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After spending several years as a professional songwriter, Lee Ann Womack became one of the breakout contemporary country stars of 1997 with her eponymous debut album. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Texas, Womack became infatuated with music at an early age, which is appropriate for the daughter of a disc jockey. Her father often took her to work, where she picked out records to play on the air. Following high-school graduation, she attended South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas. The...
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