Livin' The Good Life 0903


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Review Text On his sophomore album, Hayden solidifies his reputation as an artist of significant ability and, just as important, integrity. The songs on Living the Good Life present nostalgic, soft-focus images of small-town life with the emphasis more on affection for places and people than on outlaw pretensions. "Goodbye to My Hometown" in particular bears comparison to Bruce Springsteen's "My Home Town" in its spare, evocative eloquence. The instrumentation is consistent with this lyrical orientation with fiddles, lap steel, and Dobro used tastefully and effectively; only "Son of a Rolling Stone" allows a gritty, rock-inflected guitar solo, and that one blows by pretty fast. These elements perfectly complement Hayden's dusty twang; without giving the impression that he is trying to be something other than what he is, the young singer knows how to bring life to homespun words and well-crafted melodies, as he does without fail on each of these tracks. ~ Robert L. Doerschuk

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  1. 1. Living the Good Life - 3:06
  2. 2. Broke Down - 4:31
  3. 3. Goodbye to My Hometown - 4:59
  4. 4. Living Everyday Like It's Saturday Night - 3:08
  5. 5. Get on Your Mule and Ride - 3:57
  6. 6. First Day - 4:49
  7. 7. Mr. Mockingbird - 4:32
  8. 8. Della's Long Brown Hair - 4:32
  9. 9. Trying to Get a Little Love - 3:57
  10. 10. Can't Wait to Get Back Home - 4:32
  11. 11. Son of a Rolling Stone - 5:42

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