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Hal Ketchum 9/4/2001

Review

Don't be misled by the inner-booklet photo of an earnest-looking Hal Ketchum gazing into the distance next to an ornately inscribed quote where he declares himself "a sculptor of song." Despite this potentially embarrassing gaffe, Ketchum displays considerably more humility and good taste than many of his pop-country contemporaries. There's a fairly high soul quotient here that puts Ketchum more in line with the likes of Jim Lauderdale (or at least Lee Roy Parnell) than with any hat act. The aesthetic credibility of Ketchum's approach is further insured by the production and songwriting efforts of Rodney Crowell. Much of LUCKY MAN is occupied by emotive ballads that draw equally from pop, soul, and country. But when Ketchum latches onto a rocker, as on "Don't Let Go," he eschews the self-conscious boot-scooting approach of so many neo-Nashvillians in favor of an agreeably retro rock & roll feel. In the end, LUCKY MAN finds an agreeable middle ground between new traditionalism and the country mainstream.
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 (She's Something) You're Everything Hal Ketchum 3:8
  3. 2 You Can't Go Back Hal Ketchum 3:16
  4. 3 That's How Much You Mean to Me Hal Ketchum 2:54
  5. 4 Loving You Makes Me a Better Man Hal Ketchum 3:23
  6. 5 Don't Let Go Hal Ketchum 2:47
  7. 6 Dreams of Martina Hal Ketchum 3:33
  8. 7 She's Still in Dallas Hal Ketchum 3:13
  9. 8 Two of the Lucky Ones (And Dolly Parton) Hal Ketchum 3:32
  10. 9 Richest Man in Texas Hal Ketchum 3:47
  11. 10 Livin' Life Lovin' You Hal Ketchum 2:21
  12. 11 Keep Mom & Dad in Love (And Lisa Brokop) Hal Ketchum 4:1
  13. 12 She Is Hal Ketchum 4:9

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