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John Conlee

  • Greatest Hits [MCA, 1984] A-

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Greatest Hits [MCA, 1984]
Conlee sounds the way Merle Haggard would if Merle sang through his nose and didn't like jazz. He may even deserve his billing, "The Common Man"--apparently he still works a farm and drives to Nashville in a pickup. The sole romantic ballad here drips with contrition--like most country artists he's more at home with sin than with grace. And like 'most everybody he's better off when he gets away from such polarities--on the thematic "Backside of Thirty" and "Common Man," and especially on "Friday Night Blues," about a guy who's too bushed to go out with his wife. A-