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Desire Road

Woodruff’s sophomore effort veers all over the place stylistically, but it’s streaked with brilliance, as when he transforms Arthur Alexander’s soul classic ”Every Day I Have to Cry” into sheer country pathos. His specialty is cold, hard truth: ”That Was Then,” the saga of a country star on the skids, ought to scare the fire out of Nashville’s Ken-doll crooners. B+

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