By Alanna Nash
Updated June 24, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

Country’s favorite vagrant, Merle Haggard has been sounding pretty vacant for the last decade, but on 1994 he comes up with a surprisingly energetic album that resuscitates his creative muse. From a portrait of the failed farmer (”In My Next Life”) to the country-jazz ”What’s New in New York City,” Haggard shows the kind of spunk that suggests it’ll take more than a long dry spell to count this Okie out. B