Just Us Kids - James McMurtry
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  • Summary: The son of novelist Larry continues his critique of the world on his latest album.
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  1. The protest songs on Just Us Kids, particularly 'Cheney's Toy,' will hog all the attention, but they're the least of this roots rocker's treasures here. It's James McMurtry's brilliant character sketches that really shine.
  2. Live, McMurtry can still be way too strophic and trad. But he's never made an album so loud or hard.
  3. In such stories, McMurtry locates again and again an element of humanity that saves his angriest screeds from easy pigeonholing.
  4. McMurtry cuts through all the crap when describing the state of America these days. Call McMurtry’s music what you will, just don’t call it kids’ stuff.
  5. He's getting better with age. [Aug 2008, p.140]
  6. It’s the ache of 'Ruby and Carlos' that reveals McMurtry’s sensitive brilliance as a chronicler of quiet desperation (though even here, he can’t resist a jibe about “the Mason-Dumbass Line”).
  7. 60
    Just Us Kids in part repeats the forumla, targeting SUV drivers, filthy corporations, and Dick Cheney, in an affecting but familiar preach to the converted. [June 2008, p.97]

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