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Robert Earl Keen: Gringo Honeymoon (Sugar Hill)

Richard Gehr, Spin, November 1995

ADD COUNTRY singer Robert Earl Keen to the expanding pantheon of Texas songwriting gurus. On his fifth album, Keen excels at crisp and witty first-person narratives that twist back upon themselves with an O. Henry snap. Like Jimmie Dale Gilmore minus the metaphysics, Keen's economic twang cuts to the quick of loss, loneliness, and barbecue sauce.

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