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Vince Gill, Down to My Last Bad Habit (MCA Nashville Records)
CD Reviews: March 3, 2016

03/03/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 This is the 15th full-length from this country-blues vanguard, famous for the boppy “Liza Jane” but more so cumulatively for easy-listening ballads like ‘When I Call Your Name,’’ “I Still Believe in You,’’ etc. At 58 years old, he continues to be proof that laid-back AOR from the gray set isn’t wholly owned by the Claptons and Crows of the world, nor that all country has to have some kind of grumbly NASCAR edge to it; take away the slide guitars and these songs evoke a more soulful Hall & Oates kind of thing, from the dreamy ah-ah-ahs of the title track to the welcome visit from Chris Botti’s trumpet in the sad-but-resolved “One More Mistake I Made,” which feels more like high-end jazz than perhaps anything else he’s done. “Take Me Down” covers slightly harder ground, leaning more on bluegrass than the other tunes, but either way it’s a songwriting clinic, as is most of this material, all of which Gill contributed to as a writer for the first time since 2011’s Guitar Slinger. He’s still got it, absolutely. A+ 






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