And Along Came Jones

On his latest album, And Along Came Jones, George Jones is in fine voice, demonstrating the technique that forged his reputation — ”living” the songs for the three minutes he’s singing them. Most of these tunes cast him as life’s perennial loser, moping over happier days with his estranged family or pleading for a love to return, but they cover familiar territory in a too-familiar way. Only a handful of them — especially ”You Couldn’t Get the Picture,” in which a wife has left Post-Its to explain why she’s walked out — seem worth his efforts. Still, at the age of 60, Jones is such a masterful singer that nearly any album is worth the price. B

And Along Came Jones
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