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Electric Shaver

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
From the first snarling, rough-hewn notes of Eddy Shaver's electric guitar on "Thunderbird," the opening cut on the excellent new ELECTRIC SHAVER, you know you've wandered onto dangerous turf. Then Eddy's dad, the peerless songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, comes in moaning a bluesy lament, informing us "I'm livin' with a stranger now /The girl I knew got away somehow." Forcefully describing lost love, lost time, and a life that now seems empty, the elder Shaver hooks you into a narrative that doesn't falter over the next 11 cuts. Shaver, the group, mixes hard country, honky-tonk, and blues with effortless ease in shaping its own brand of alternative country, and Billy Joe ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
From the first snarling, rough-hewn notes of Eddy Shaver's electric guitar on "Thunderbird," the opening cut on the excellent new ELECTRIC SHAVER, you know you've wandered onto dangerous turf. Then Eddy's dad, the peerless songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, comes in moaning a bluesy lament, informing us "I'm livin' with a stranger now /The girl I knew got away somehow." Forcefully describing lost love, lost time, and a life that now seems empty, the elder Shaver hooks you into a narrative that doesn't falter over the next 11 cuts. Shaver, the group, mixes hard country, honky-tonk, and blues with effortless ease in shaping its own brand of alternative country, and Billy Joe comes up with one gem of a song after another. Each one takes a hard, uncompromising, unsentimental look at the winners and losers among us, and why they are the way they are. "Try and Try Again," "You Wouldn't Know Love," "People and Their Problems" -- these aren't songs, really, so much as profound treatises on love and friendship brought to vivid life by a bunch of tough-minded, no-b.s. musicians. This one's destined for the year-end best-of lists. And Billy Joe Shaver ought to be declared a national treasure.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The title says it all. After several years of acoustic-based country, Billy Joe Shaver and his son Eddy have decided to up the ampage and deliver Electric Shaver. Theoretically, this is a good concept, but too much of the record sounds forced, as if blues-rock licks were grafted onto outlaw honky tonk backing tracks. Such grandstanding tends to obscure the songs, but then again, the rocking tracks on Electric Shaver aren't particularly strong, either. The opening pair of "Thunderbird" and "Try and Try Again" are cliché-ridden and awkward, two things Shaver has never been. However, things start looking up around the charming shuffle "New York City." From that point on with an exception or two, things are laid-back and natural. The songs resonate and the performances are organic, not forced. As the Cajun-flavored "Manual Labor," the honky tonk ballad "I'll Be Here," the swinging "Way Down Texas Way," and Eddy's sweet midtempo country-pop tune "Heart to Heart" indicate, the Shavers are at their best when they let things flow, since the results are unself-consciously eclectic and quite charming.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/1999
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396600724
  • Catalog Number: 6007
  • Sales rank: 86,721

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shaver Primary Artist
Billy Joe Shaver Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Ray Kennedy Dobro, Mandolin, Percussion, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Tremolo
Mickey Raphael Harmonica, Bass Harmonica
David Crockett Percussion, Drums
Jim Hoke Accordion
Dennis Morgan Background Vocals
Michael Smotherman Background Vocals
Eddy Shaver Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar, Slide Guitar, MIDI Guitar, Tremolo, Resonator
Tom Littlefield Background Vocals
Keith Christopher Bass
Damon Gray Background Vocals
Danny Flowers Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ray Kennedy Producer, Engineer
Kinky Friedman Liner Notes
Billy Duffy Composer
Cameron Strang Producer
Hank Williams Mastering
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