South Dakota Long Island Sound Proof: The acclaimed songwriter's new 'Complicated Game'. McMurtry's first collection in six years spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as Forgotten Coast - James McMurtry - Complicated Game (CD turns from political toward personal 'These Things I've Come to Know, You Got to Me'. I never make a conscious decision about what to write about. However, the record brings a new and certainly no less energetic sonic approach.
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Leesburg, VirginiaUnited States. Roots rockfolk rockalternative countryAmericana. Singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader, self-proclaimed "beer salesman". Columbia Records Sugar Hill Records. Song Lyrics. Review: RIFF-it. RIFF-it good. Add Comment. Ain't Got Album) Place 2. Carlisle's Haul 3. Cutter 4. Deaver's Crossing 5. Forgotten Coast 6. Long Island Sound 8. Over more than a quarter-century career, McMurtry has time and time again proved that he can craft a song as fine as anyone.
His music often feels sparse and windblown, just like the Western landscapes his father Larry wrote about. In this way he taps into the best of the folk tradition, but in an understated manner that often leaves his listener as unsatisfied in their soul as the characters about whom he writes.
Still, the spots where it works are more than enough to make Complicated Games a must listen for any fan of fine songwriting. Setting the tone for the album, this piece focuses on a character coming to grips with aging and the uncertainty that comes with the loss of youth and vigor, a topic obviously important to McMurtry as he himself marches further down the road of time, though seeing as he may have here produced one of the most nuanced compositions of his career, he only seems to grow more adept with every footfall.
The narrator of the song is a man living in a relatively rural area, locked into a marriage that may still have its good times—such as the occasional outing to the titular Album) hole—and which still holds the comforts of a late night embrace and the security of having a partner in life, but which Forgotten Coast - James McMurtry - Complicated Game (CD atrophied to the point where it often seems like not much more than a never ending series of chores and obligations.
With all the pressures of life upon him, the man finds solace in solitude, hunting deer or luring fish Album) through the ice.
Now the big boxes out on the by-pass are shaving us thin. I guess we'll hold on a couple more years 'til the pension kicks in.
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