Haggard Merle - I Am What I Am, I Do What I Do (CD)

Merle Haggard


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Categories
MusicCountry
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Country
  3. Bakersfield
Number of Discs
1
Number of Items
1
Title
I Am What I Am
Media
CD
BarCode
015707803526
Country of Origin
USA
Label
Vangard Years
Format
CD
Barcode
015707803526
Previews

Rolling Stone (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Haggard breezes through ersatz-mariachi tunes and delivers cutting love songs -- check out 'Stranger in the City,' about a road-warrior musician who refuses to cheat."
Spin - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "His lead guitar forever flinty, his baritone beautifully distressed, the man has made a masterpiece."
Billboard (p.29) - "He's gone from the angry 'Okie From Muskogee' to a weathered everyman poet with a Western twang and a California kind of country swing that puts melodic heft behind musings on the human condition."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[He] still shuffles the deck like no other, dispensing country waltzes, chuckling his way through trumpet-lick-flavoured jazz shuffles and delivering romantic ditties that bring a genuine tear to the eye..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Haggard himself sounds finely weathered, his voice now freighted with the same shrewd wisdom and Kristofferson or Levon Helm."

Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] I've Seen It Go Away
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Stranger In The City
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Mexican Bands
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] I Am What I Am
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Pretty When It's New
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Oil Tanker Train
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Live And Love Always
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Road To My Heart, The
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] How Did You Find Me Here
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] We're Falling In Love Again
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Bad Actor
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Down At The End Of The Road
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] I've Seen It Go Away
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Pretty When It's New
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Oil Tanker Train
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Live and Love Always
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Road to My Heart, The
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] How Did You Find Me Here
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] We're Falling in Love Again
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Bad Actor
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Down at the End of the Road
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Stranger in the City
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Mexican Bands
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] I Am What I Am
Genre
Country
Release Date
3 June 2010
Duration
36m 52s
Country
South Africa
Notes

Liner Note Author: Theresa Lane Haggard.
Recording information: Hag's Studio.
Photographer: Travis Huggett.
Perhaps there's a measure of defiance in the title of Merle Haggard's 2010 album I Am What I Am, but it's also a statement of plain fact: almost 50 years into a recording career, there's no changing the fact that Hag is who is he is, and he's comfortable in his own skin, broken-in but not worn-out, never pushing too hard but never coasting, either. Sometimes Haggard's easy touch is too light, slipping into sleepiness, but the striking thing about I Am What I Am is its casual mastery, the subtle shading in his vocal phrasing can make his songwriting appear effortless. And to an extent, it is: Hag's tending the same fields he has for years, sliding into swaying ballads, stepping it up for a bit of Western swing, tipping his hat toward Mexico, swinging through some Dixieland jazz, a love of railroads and family, spiking his sentimental, nostalgic streak with clear-eyed realism, always blurring the line between a late night in a beer joint and a Sunday afternoon picking on the porch. But like with any of Haggard's great albums, much of the pleasure lies in the details, whether it's the sly lyrical turns of phrase in his writing or in the suppleness of his performance, things I Am What I Am has in spades. It's familiar enough to feel comforting on the first listen, resonant enough to sound better with each subsequent spin; it's so true to Haggard's essence that it could stand handsomely as his final album, an understated summation of where he's been, but it's made better by having no trace of self-conscious finality -- this wasn't constructed as a last word, but it's just a reflection of who Haggard is, which is nothing less than one of the great American singer/songwriters. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Date Released
2010-06-03
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Performer
Merle Haggard
Producer
Lou Bradley; Merle Haggard
Artists
  1. Haggard, Merle
Distributor
EMD

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