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Clay Walker

Fall – 2007 (Curb)

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

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Close to four years passed since Clay Walker released a new disc, and not a lot has changed for Walker, whose very first single, 'Live Until I Die," hit number 1 in 1994. Walker continues displaying a very pleasant country voice with a good sense of emotion among the 12 songs (the second single, "Fall") on this Keith Stegall-produced disc.

Walker turns in an excellent reading of "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," which boasts the late singer Freddy Fender lending backing vocals. Walker keeps it country musically particularly with instrumentation unlike many artists today opting for a pop sound - "Workin' Man" contains a lot of steel guitar. He hits the mark with "Average Joe."

But there's not much new here. For example, the Texan hones in on Mexico. That's not new territory as folks like Kenny Chesney and George Strait can attest. Walker offers a song by that name, while the first single, "'Fore She Was Mama," (quite an unlikely choice given the subject matter, which mentions marijuana) cited Mexico also. Several songs ("You're My Witness," "Mexico") are generic.

Walker certainly did not make a great album here, but he demonstrated he shouldn't be waiting so long until the next time either.