Seminole Wind

John Anderson was a true curiosity when he arrived on the scene in the early ’80s. Equipped with the face of a gnome, the voice of a Florida swamp creature, and the honky-tonk spirit of Lefty Frizzell, Anderson made a passel of fine records and won a CMA award. But by the end of the decade, he nearly disappeared after releasing a string of albums with anonymous material. Anderson’s comeback with Seminole Wind won’t push any leading New Traditionalists off the charts, but it’s brimming with the kind of offbeat tunes that forged his reputation. Among the best are a tongue-in-cheek tale of domestic ennui (”Who Got Our Love”), a wry commentary on the mall mentality of the new urban South (”Look Away”), and a cover of Tony Joe White’s sensual, R&B-styled ”Steamy Windows,” the description of a horizontal backseat encounter. Nothing here matches the sexual tease of ”Swingin’,” Anderson’s signature song, but he’s clearly on the right road again. B

Seminole Wind
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