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John Morthland

By John Morthland

on 06.15.11 in Reviews

The Grand Tour

George Jones
Things fall apart with few glimmers of hope

Two years after his Epic solo debut and things are already falling apart. The title song opens with just a piano and George's weary, worried voice, then the arrangement builds as he guides you through the house where love failed. The effect is positively crushing. Jones yelps like a wounded animal on the likes of "Darlin'," "She'll Love the One She's With" and "Borrowed Angel," with only "Mary Don't Go Round" and the emphatic "Once You've Had the Best" offering glimmers of hope. And even at their most melodramatic, producer Billy Sherrill's "big" arrangements manage to stay out of the way of that voice.