Album Review: Somedays The Song Writes You by Guy Clark
Exceptionally Good, Based on 3 Critics
PopMatters - 90 Based on rating 9/10
About 15 years ago, Texas troubadour Guy Clark (working with Rodney Crowell) wrote a song that, better than any other articulation you’ll ever find, conveys the way his ardent fans feel about his music. “Stuff that works,” he sang, “stuff that holds up / The kind of stuff you don’t hang on the wall / Stuff that’s real, stuff you feel / The kind of stuff you reach for when you fall.” Like an old favourite sweater, ragged and worn and unquestioned, each new Guy Clark record seems like it’s always been there, like you’ve known it forever. I don’t know how he does it, and I don’t think he does, either.
Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark has been a patriarchal figure to many in the Nashville songwriting community for decades. Artists like Rodney Crowell and Steve Earle studied under the watchful eye of Clark during their early years. Like friend Townes Van Zandt before him, Clark is a master storyteller, a dream weaver blessed with the ability to match ear-catching melodies with poetic lyrics that aim for the deepest part of the listener's soul.
Craftsman, the title of a 1995 compilation of Guy Clark's early work, comes to mind when listening to Somedays the Song Writes You. Like everything he's put out over the course of a nearly 40-year career, not a note or word is out of place, crafted with immense care and intent. Each original tune is a co-write, some with names you'll recognize (Rodney Crowell, Gary Nicholson, Verlon Thompson), others with new blood like Jedd Hughes and Ashley Monroe.