Working in Tennessee - Merle Haggard
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  • Summary: The country legend's latest album was coproduced with Lou Bradley.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Now 74 and short half a lung, he's not making the best music of his life, just the best albums.
  2. 91
    Here he rails against government and the state of music in a voice that radiates so-what intransigence. [7 Oct 2011, p.75]
  3. Oct 3, 2011
    82
    At 74, one of American music's patriarchs sounds as sprite as ever, kicking off with a great honky-tonk anthem, the joyous title song.
  4. Oct 3, 2011
    70
    He's proceeding at the pace of a 74-year-old legend with nothing to prove, yet he's not resting on his laurels, he's just doing what he's always done: singing songs so expertly his virtuosity almost goes unnoticed.
  5. Nov 11, 2011
    70
    While it lacks the emotional heft of Merle's acclaimed 2010 album, I Am What I Am, the cancer survivor's latest album boasts plenty of flinty independence.
  6. Oct 4, 2011
    70
    The album--recorded at Haggard's California ranch--benefits from a relaxed, among-friends vibe, and Haggard's more upbeat singing about his past.
  7. Oct 4, 2011
    50
    Working In Tennessee is often sleepy to the point of being narcoleptic. Still, even when he strains to hit notes, which he does often, Haggard sounds like he's enjoying himself.

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