Hank Williams Jr. was country music's top artist of the 1980s, concocting a heady mix of blues, country, Southern rock, and other influences to create a style uniquely his own, influencing acts rangin

Hank Williams Jr. was country music's top artist of the 1980s, concocting a heady mix of blues, country, Southern rock, and other influences to create a style uniquely his own, influencing acts ranging from Brooks & Dunn to Montgomery Gentry. Inconsistent in the decade that followed, Williams' first release of the new millennium is a rootsy, inspired collection. It's also one of the artist's finest efforts ever as both songwriter and performer. Recorded primarily at a 100-year-old former schoolhouse, the record boasts raw, greasy blues ("Last Pork Chop," "Tee Tot Song,"), country swing ("X-Treme Country," "If the Good Lord's Willin' [And the Creeks Don't Rise]"), and strong traditional country ("The 'F' Word," "The Cheatin' Hotel"). Guest appearances by acts ranging from Nickel Creek to Kid Rock provide gravy, but the meat and potatoes are all Williams and his crack studio team, who perform each song with vigor and style. As Williams' most complete effort in more than a decade, Almeria Club is an exclusive club indeed and serves resounding notice that Bocephus is back.—RW