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BOTTOM LINE Multiple country approaches, one strong outcome.
Vince Gill can pretty much do it all.
When he started, it was all about his poignant, emotional vocals. In recent years, he has impressed with his guitarwork. On his new album “Down to My Last Bad Habit” (MCA Nashville), he provides plenty of both, but also a reminder of how strong he is as a songwriter.
The title track is a stunner, a gorgeous slice of country rock that sounds like it could have come from The Eagles circa “The Long Run,” with Gill’s voice splitting the difference between Glenn Frey cool and Don Henley plaintive.
On the rollicking “Me and My Girl,” the Oklahoma native adopts a bit of Lyle Lovett’s East Texas groove, spicing things up with the occasional guitar solo. With “I’ll Be Waiting for You,” his duet with newcomer Cam, Gill practically dares country radio to pass up his stately, heart-wrenching ballad, while the lovely “Sad One Comin’ On” pays perfect tribute to the late George Jones in honky-tonk ballad style.
“Down to My Last Habit” finds Gill at the top of his game, once again energizing nearly every style of country music.