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John Prine

Fair & Square

Fair & Square

UPC: 094012003418

Format: LP (2 disc)

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Personnel: John Prine (vocals, acoustic guitar); Alison Krauss, Mindy Smith, Dan Tyminski (vocals); Dan Dugmore (steel guitar); Phil Parlapiano (accordion); David Jacques (bass guitar); Paul Griffith (drums); Kenny Malone (percussion); Jerry Douglas .
FAIR & SQUARE's release was highly anticipated by John Prine fans, as the veteran singer/songwriter hadn't recorded an album of new songs in 10 years (the preceding IN SPITE OF OURSELVES was mostly cover tunes). Happily for both Prine and his contingent, FAIR & SQUARE represents that most coveted of phenomena, the Return to Form. Though 1995's LOST DOGS & MIXED BLESSINGS was not without its virtues, some tracks were marred by overproduction. Here, though, the arrangements are scaled back down to Prine's comfort zone, appropriately rootsy to accommodate both the down-home amiability of his tone and the endlessly intriguing twists and turns of his unique lyrical style. While he's not untouched by contemporary events (references to the White House and the war in Iraq crop up), most of the tunes here are the sort of classic Prine material that made the songwriter a cult hero in the '70s. Equally important, the likes of "Crazy as a Loon" and "Some Humans Ain't Human" show that he still has his unique knack for making penetrating observations while maintaining his trademark wry humor.


Disc 1:
1 - Glory of True Love
2 - Crazy as a Loon
3 - Long Monday
4 - Talking a Walk
5 - Some Humans Ain't Human
6 - My Darlin' Hometown
7 - Morning Train
8 - Moon Is Down
9 - Clay Pigeons
10 - She Is My Everything
11 - I Hate It When That Happens to Me
12 - Bear Creek Blues
13 - Other Side of Town
14 - Safety Joe
15 - Carousel of Love
16 - That's Alright by Me
17 - That's How Every Empire Falls
18 - Dual Custody
Disc 2: