In Others' Words

In Others' Words

by Dwight YoakamDwight Yoakam


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624834229
catalogNumber: 48342
Rank: 27124

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 and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Tex Owens   Composer
Sam Phillips   Composer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Kacey Jones   Producer
Bob Totten   Composer

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