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Album Review: Hayes Carll - Lovers And Leavers

6 April 2016 | 1:13 pm | Chris Familton

"It's a languid and casual affair where the songs drift by, conjuring up late, humid nights on the back porch with a bottle for company."

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On his fifth album, country troubadour Hayes Carll has stripped back his songs to a place of contemplation with slow-burning tales of heartache.

It's a languid and casual affair where the songs drift by, conjuring up late, humid nights on the back porch with a bottle for company and a head full of confessional and personal songs. That in-the-moment mood was captured live in the studio and on particular songs such as the world-weary Jealous Moon, the intimacy is riveting — gently drawing the listener in deep. Carll's lived-in delivery and his songwriting are a perfect fit. Distraction-free listening is recommended to really appreciate this album's tone and nuances.