Kmag Yoyo (& Other American Stories) Image
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
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  1. Feb 18, 2011
    88
    With alt-country lyrics that are more Tom Waits than Guy Clark, Hayes Carll continues to impress, giving us more to think about than just honky tonks and heartaches.
  2. Feb 18, 2011
    88
    Carll is every bit as expressive a singer as he is a writer, drawling his trenchant observations with deceptive ease.
  3. 83
    Carll is locked in a not-so-fierce battle with Ryan Bingham for the title of new king of alt-country. Here he splits the difference between Bingham's tender musings and a more raucous brand of humor.
  4. Feb 18, 2011
    80
    While he's got enough pure country in him to for convincing Merle Haggard-style balladry, he's best on rabble-rousers like the rightly pissed populism of "Stomp And Holler" and the de facto title song, a doomed soldier's outrageous, funny surreal travelogue grafted onto a grungy mutation of Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues." [Mar 2011, p.85]
  5. Feb 17, 2011
    78
    Hayes Carll may be playing American schlub on the LP cover, but he's razor-sharp and ready.
  6. Mar 23, 2011
    70
    What makes Carll worthy of such an esteemed class is his storytelling and witty commentary. [Feb. 2011, p. 72]
  7. Feb 17, 2011
    60
    He lets his imagination paint the details. That's the role of an artist. And while he may be singing lies, that's okay, because one can find the truth in the fiction.

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