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Album Review: “Crazy Like Me” by Ray Scott

July 12, 2008

Crazy Like Me

Inspired by the outlaws of the old generation comes the sophomore album of one of the outlaws of the new generation. Ray Scott’s sophomore album comes from his own label Jethropolitan Records, having separated from Warner after the poor sales of his debut project. Coming into his second album listeners learns so much more about Ray as a person and as an artist than his first release. While this album contains many highly critical flaws, the overall concept of the project is respectable.

These days it’s hard to find a traditional singer who doesn’t try too hard to incorperate the popular sound of most of today’s overall music in an attempt to earn some easy recognition. Ray keeps it clean like the men he worships, Johnny, Merle, Waylon, the outlaws that refused to conform to the new age. The traditional twang of outlaw country and the attitude that supports it rings out in most of the album. Great examples are the opening track, “Hell Got Raised“, and his tribute to struggling musicians and dreamers like himself, “Crazy Like Me“. While they may not show his most creative side, songs like these make this album both entertaining and relative and help signify Ray’s outlaw brand of country twang.

Although Ray has tried so hard to establish an outlaw feel to his persona and his sound, he offers a whole new look at himself in this album that s a little more than just Harleys and horses. This is his own work, it shows off his skills as a writer, producer, and an overall artist. It shows who he feels he is, not what the label would want him to be. It also shows off many aspects of his life and the struggles he has faced having gone through the split with his label and trying to recover from a seemingly faltered career. That is what makes it such a respectable piece of work. While his first project contained the outlaw and traditional feel and expressed it a little better, this album shows more of who Ray is and what he has worked so hard to achieve.

These struggles and crossoads are apparent in his writing. The closing track especially, “Slow Down“, while adding nothing really new to the scene, expresses a feeling of regret and remorse for his inability to spend time with his family because of his musical life. However Ray’s creativity shines the most when he lays it all down in “Poor Folks” and puts aside his private life for a deep look into a middle class man’s thoughts on the reality of the poor people in the world and the different aspects and possibilities of their lives and their mindsets instead of his own. It’s writing like this that could lead him to perfection if given the right amount of attention and practice.

Despite the sincerity and enjoyment put into this album, there’s nothing that really sticks out that leaves a lasting image. Put simply, Ray has little to say. It almost seems like he wrote these songs just so he could make an album. The flow of the album doesn’t stick to well, you could put it in shuffle and get the same result as you would listening to it normally. The whole package, while enjoyable, sounds thrown together. Still Ray Scott does a rather impressive job being himself and doing what he does best. He has made his point and shown who he really is, now he needs to show a little more about the world around him instead and not try so hard to get things going.

 

3 Stars

 

Produced by Ray Scott

Tracks:

  1. Hell Got Raised
  2. Crazy Like Me
  3. You Ain’t Takin’ This Hard Enough
  4. Poor Folks
  5. Sometimes The Bottle Hits You Back
  6. Ashtray On A Motorcycle
  7. Everybody’s Girlfriend
  8. Do It With The Lights On
  9. Workin’ My Way Back Home
  10. Slow Down

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One Comment leave one →
  1. July 12, 2008 5:17 am

    I personally love the album, It’s too bad it won’t be heard on radio. Also I like the new format for album reviews. It’s more focused on the good and bad, which makes for a more interesting read.

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