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Hank Williams Jr.

Stormy – 1999 (Curb)

Reviewed by Robert Loy

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All of Hank Junior's rowdy fans have settled down. And he doesn't quite know what to do about it. One minute he's content to hang around the house ("They All Want To Go Wild (And I Want To Go Home)") and watch television ("Hank Hill Is The King"). But the next minute Bocephus is trying so hard to get them back he unwittingly ventures into self-parody territory. Back in the '80's when Hank's music was the country equivalent of heavy metal, many of his songs were about sex and drugs, but none as blatant as Stormy's "Naked Women and Beer." Some songs celebrated violence, but not senseless gratuitous violence as in "I'd Love to Knock The Hell Out of You." He's still singing songs about himself and his "daddy" but on "Southern Thunder" even he seems bored with the routine.

On "Sometimes I Feel Like Joe Montana" Junior says he just wants to throw one more touchdown. This ain't it, but picking up the metaphor and running with it, a couple of things save this from being a complete rout of the home team. "Gibbonsville Gold" an old-fashioned story-song about the quest for a cache of Confederate gold, ought to be worth at least a safety. His sense of humor is evident on "Where Would We Be Without Yankees" where he praises Northerners for some of the things he loves, mostly, as noted previously, related to couch potato-dom - The Honeymooners, The Three Stooges, The Little Rascals. Even though it contains the worst impersonation ever of Curly's "whoop-whoop" interjection, it's still a good solid field goal.

That's only five points. So it's not a touchdown, but at least it's not an interception. And yeah, it's getting late in the fourth quarter, with Hank number three warming up to come into the game, but there's still time; the next "hail Mary" might connect.