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Having reviewed Gene Watson's album, "... Sings" in 2003 I was reluctant to review his latest release, "In A Perfect World". Reviews don't flow easily from me and having sung his praises on his last work, I felt I'd be gildin' the lily to try again. However, having received the CD I felt I'd be cheating everyone if I didn't at least showcase this work of art.

This may not be an eloquent review but it is from the heart so forgive my lack of poetic phrases and take this for exactly what it's meant to be... a RAVE about Gene Watson and his latest CD, "In A Perfect World".

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I doubt there's a country singer on this earth who wouldn't give their eye teeth to sing with Gene Watson and after hearing, "In A Perfect World", I imagine the tooth fairy is hot on the trail of some of today's hottest artists whose wishes came true in the making of this album. The line-up of talent that has gone into this production is staggering. Included are some of the great classics such as Merle Haggard's, "Today I Started Loving You Again", Ray Price's, "Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me" and Buck Owens', "Together Again". Lending their talents to this collaboration are some of country's finest such as Vince Gill  on "Let Me Be the First to Go", Connie Smith on "A Good Place to Turn Around", Lee Ann Womack on "Today I Started Loving You Again", Joe Nichols on "In A Perfect World", Rhonda Vincent on "Together Again" and Mark Chesnutt on "This Side of the Door". 

When it comes to ballads, there is no one who can bare their heart and soul through music quite the way Gene does. He has a distinct cry in his voice that can only come from within. The title song, "In A Perfect World" is the perfect example of  how well he conveys in song just what real pain is about. There's not a person on earth who hasn't known what it is to suffer, some more than others, but even the most stoic will be moved to not only sympathize, but empathize with the devastation of a broken heart. It's no secret I'm the "queen of ballad lovers".... possibly because I have lived through tragedy and heartache throughout my life. Some may find it morbid to "dwell" on the sadness but for me, the opposite is true. It's thanks to artists like Gene Watson that I am able to persevere. I guess the old saying is true...  "misery loves company"... or maybe...  just maybe... it's that I simply don't feel so alone when I listen to Gene cry out a ballad. He gives me a sense of simpatico.

Whew... so much for Psychology 101... but I guess I've made my point. When Gene Watson sings, he doesn't just bare his soul... he probes into yours as well. Whether you're reminded of loves lost, new love or the dream of love, his is the voice of reason as well as wonder. If pain is your burden his voice is like the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down... it's not only soothing, it's healing and you come away feeling better for having let him in.

In a perfect world, we'd all be happily in love and there would be no pain or need for medicine. We'll only find that world in the hereafter... until then... I think we're blessed to have the perfect voice of Gene Watson... the voice of a man that brings you a little bit of heaven with every song he sings.

Marlene Slater (Marli)
My Kind of Country

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1.   Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me

2.  Let Me Be the First to Go

3.  What Was I Thinking

4.  Today I Started Loving You Again

5,  In A Perfect World

6.  She's Already Gone

7.  I Buried Our Love

8.  Together Again

9.  This Side of the Door

10. A Good Place to Turn Around

11. Like I Wasn't Even There

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Buy In A Perfect World Here

Read the 2003 Review of  "Gene Watson ... Sings" on MKOC
Music clips available for your enjoyment

More Gene Watson CDs

Read Gene's Bio right here on MKOC!
Gene Watson on MKOC

Many thanks to Sean Brady of Ireland for the wonderful web site dedicated to Gene Watson.
Gene Watson, the Unofficial Web Site


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