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Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, June 6, 2014, Music

Radney Foster

Everything I Should Have Said (Devil's River)

For his first set of new material in five years, Radney Foster writes love songs without relying on what's already been said to death. Everything I Should Have Said thus demonstrates the Del Rio native's uncanny ability to produce musical magic. Foster left behind the studios of his home base in Nashville for a converted brothel in the Louisiana bayou. The results retain a no-holds-barred honesty infusing a hint of swampy rhythms into his Texas-bred tales. Three songs in the album's middle find him at his best. The beautiful ache of "Mine Until the Morning," a co-write with Darden Smith, features Patty Griffin; "Unh Unh Unh" possesses a snakey, swamp pop beat; and fierce guitar anthem "Not in My House" matches Foster's trademark vision of hard truth and country rock edge.


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