The curtain goes up on Dwight Yoakam's indie Electrodisc imprint with this new release from its CEO. Yoakam's post-Warner Bros.

The curtain goes up on Dwight Yoakam's indie Electrodisc imprint with this new release from its CEO. Yoakam's post-Warner Bros. sound differs little from his major-label style, thanks to the continuity supplied by the singer's career-long producer/bandmate Pete Anderson. The material and mix hark back to the artist's straightforward hit-making '80s approach, with little of the experimentalism of his '90s work present. As the lead single, the original ballad "The Back of Your Hand" is as pretty as they come. Other solid entries include the Bakersfield-inflected honky-tonker "No Such Thing," an Eagles-skewed cover of Los Angeles songwriter Mike Stinson's "The Late Great Golden State," and an unexpected rendition of the Dionne Warwick hit "Trains and Boats and Planes." Country radio should respond.—CM

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