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Daryl Worley

  • Have You Forgotten? [DreamWorks, 2003] C-
  • Darryl Worley [DreamWorks, 2004] *

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Have You Forgotten? [DreamWorks, 2003]
So united are we that few Voice readers are even aware of the title song, which spent seven weeks atop the country chart hawking the Iraq war with the doubly misleading refrain, "And you say you shouldn't worry about bin Laden/Have you forgotten?" (To be perfectly clear, no sane American says don't worry about bin Laden, and no honest one claims he had anything to do with Iraq before we devastated it.) Also included are permission to a P.O.W. to cut Darryl off on the interstate, a white-collar grunt screwing a Mexican hooker, a blue-collar grunt running away with his cashier girlfriend, a lament that the Civil War was ever fought, and "Those Less Fortunate Than I," a rare and convincing argument that he and his listeners bear some responsibility for the inner city. Nor does this last seem a p.c. smokescreen. More likely Worley's just a thoughtful guy who watches too much Fox News. Which doesn't make his smash an iota less evil. C-

Darryl Worley [DreamWorks, 2004]
Has good enough values as long as he doesn't apply them too far from home ("I Love Her, She Hates Me," "Work and Worry"). *