I Am What I Am - Merle Haggard
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  • Summary: The newest release for the California-born country singer-songwriter is his first on Vanguard Records.
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  1. Haggard began his career as a badass, but I Am is blessed with the humility and grace of a legend at peace with himself and the world around him.
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    With Cash gone and Willie spent, hopes hang on Hag to deliver classic country, musically and poetically. And he doesn't disappoint.
  3. His good-old-days laments taste sweet where once they curdled.
  4. On paper, a sentiment like that drips with bittersweet nostalgia, but not when Haggard is delivering it. There's a resilience in his voice.
  5. It's the hard-boiled stuff that really brings a lump to the throat--when it's not cracking you up.
  6. Having long since cracked the code for the perfect country song, Haggard expertly crafts a fresh batch of tunes that make you want to write one yourself.
  7. Mr. Haggard sounds more fatigued than his old sidekick, his voice less willing to bend. There are some lovely moments of stern self-loathing ("Bad Actor," "How Did You Find Me Here"); Mr. Haggard is always sharper when pointing the finger at himself than when celebrating love, as he often does on this album.

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