Like it or not, Capitol newcomer Jameson Clark is having himself a good ol' time here.
Like it or not, Capitol newcomer Jameson Clark is having himself a good ol' time here. "Waitin' on the Whiskey" is a good-natured, steel-laced barroom boogie, and "You Da Man," the latest country-rap attempt, is a portrait in delusions of grandeur that is far funnier than one might think. Co-writing every cut here, Clark's got something going on, whether it's the rambunctious rock of "I Want It All" (think a rural take on Billy Squire's "The Stroke") or the Kinks-meets-Jones rave-up "I'm Gonna Burn for This." It doesn't always work; "I Like Blondes" might do the boy some good on the road but comes off as exceedingly lightweight. Still, "Workin' On a Groove" succeeds in a breezy, stylish sort of way, and "When I'm Done," with lyrics that declare him as "150 pounds of don't give a damn," function on a party level. At least he takes a stand on something, and this bargain-priced CD may reel in some new country listeners.—RW