Long Walk Back

Brown’s fourth album marks the first time the radical-traditionalist Texan honky-tonker has made a record as out-there as his talent merits. Back is Brown’s most enjoyable long player to date, with the stylish crooner/axman waxing sensitive on the heart-on-sleeve ”Read ‘Em and Weep,” finding goofy inspiration on the campy Elvis Presley throwaway ”Rock-A-Hula Baby,” and swapping his trademark twang for a Hendrixian acid-blues tone on ”Keepin’ Up With You.” A-