In Others' Words

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
It may contain only ten cuts, but what In Other's Words lacks in breadth it makes up for in depth. This compelling retrospective collects Dwight Yoakam's interpretations of songs penned by writers other than himself and recorded for special projects, such as soundtracks and tribute albums. As a result, there's little of the self-pity and self-immolation (or scabrous wit, either) that fuels Yoakam's own classic screeds. But there are plenty of potent performances here, especially when he pushes the envelope a bit -- for instance, turning Jimmie Rodgers's "T for Texas" into a sinister boogie in the John Lee Hooker mode. Or adding snarling guitars to a stampeding remake of ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
It may contain only ten cuts, but what In Other's Words lacks in breadth it makes up for in depth. This compelling retrospective collects Dwight Yoakam's interpretations of songs penned by writers other than himself and recorded for special projects, such as soundtracks and tribute albums. As a result, there's little of the self-pity and self-immolation (or scabrous wit, either) that fuels Yoakam's own classic screeds. But there are plenty of potent performances here, especially when he pushes the envelope a bit -- for instance, turning Jimmie Rodgers's "T for Texas" into a sinister boogie in the John Lee Hooker mode. Or adding snarling guitars to a stampeding remake of "Mystery Train." Or reimagining Eddy Arnold's timeless western classic, "Cattle Call," as a Tex-Mex waltz. Yoakam's also pretty fine when he hews to tradition, as on two fast-paced bluegrass tunes -- "Borrowed Love" (with Earl Scruggs on banjo) and Bill Monroe's "Rocky Road Blues" -- and in the easygoing, drawling vocal he adds to Asleep At the Wheel's loving treatment of Bob Wills's "New San Antonio Rose." With only his voice and an acoustic guitar, Yoakam delivers an emotion-laden reading of Merle Haggard's wrenching look at single parenting, "Holding Things Together," the album's finest moment. There's only a dollop of Dwight here, but the intensity of his performances offers plenty in quality, if not quantity.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In Others' Words is a contract fullfiller, or just Reprise attempting to cash in on Dwight Yoakam once more. For those fans of Yoakam's who buy his studio records and get frustrated at the sheer number of compilation and soundtrack cuts he has, this might do the trick to satisfy in lieu of a new album. Here are ten tracks culled from the various soundtracks and tribute albums Yoakam has participated in throughout the 1990s. In addition, there is one unreleased track, unavailable anywhere but here. Musically speaking, Yoakam puts the same amount of effort into his guest appearances. "Cattle Call," his cut from the Horse Whisperer soundtrack album, is every bit as satisfying as the material on his own album Gone. "Truckin," from the Arista label's Deadicated CD, is a classic as is his cover of Bill Monroe's "Rocky Road Blues." In addition, his read of Merle Haggard's "Holding Things Together" from Tulare Dust was one of that album's finest moments because of Yoakam's down-cold delivery of the Bakersfield phrase. As for "Louisville," the lone new cut, it's a mid-tempo honky tonker with more acoustic instruments than electric -- particularly the ringing dobro and shimmering mandolins. In Others' Words is far from a stellar set but does fill in the gaps nicely.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624834229
  • Catalog Number: 48342

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dwight Yoakam Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
Earl Scruggs Composer
Ricky Skaggs Producer
Jann Browne Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Dwight Yoakam Arranger, Composer, Producer
Kinky Friedman Composer
Jerry Garcia Composer
Bob Weir Composer
Robert Hunter Composer
Pete Anderson Arranger, Producer
Ray Benson Producer
Pat Gallagher Composer
Phil Lesh Composer
Junior Parker Composer
Randy Scruggs Composer, Producer
Don Was Producer
Bob Wills Composer
Tex Owens Composer
Sam Phillips Composer
Ronnie Thomas Mastering
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Kacey Jones Producer
Bob Totten Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More than Words *Music at its best*

    This newest release with songs on it found on various previous albums, nice to have them all on one cd to have handy and play, but the stand out track: the never before heard version of *Rocky Road Blues* even if You have all His cd's and were toying the idea of getting this one, that song alone is worth buying the cd for. Five stars, wish I could rate it higher*

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