Album Review: Don Williams — And So It Goes
Listen to the radio for any length of time and you’d think country fans are all in a state of extended adolescence, what with middle-aged men celebrating keg party plasticware and lyrics like “Girl, you make my speakers go boom boom” serving as deep expressions of love. Thankfully, we’ve still got Don Williams, who’s got gray in his hair and a few lines around his eyes—just like the folks he sings about.
Co-produced with his longtime partner Garth Fundis (Keith Whitley, Trisha Yearwood), And So It Goes, Williams’ first album of new music in eight years, is a collection of music that wraps around the listener like a favorite leather jacket. The songs – all ballads and mellow, midtempo numbers – are firmly in Williams’ comfort zone. Most of the songs on the album sound as if they could have been recorded at nearly any point during Williams’ career; and a couple of them, like the gorgeous “First Fool in Line” or the slow-grooving album opener “Better Than Today,” might even have been hits had they been released three decades ago.
Of the ten tracks on And So It Goes, Williams co-wrote two, including the title track, a clear-eyed look back at a relationship that’s fizzled out: “And so it goes/While we were busy with the details of our lives/Every day thinking time was on our side/I turned around and you were gone/And I’m left here with the words I never got around to saying/I don’t know why/I guess I never thought our time could pass us by.” There isn’t a bum track on the record; they’re all as sure and steady as Williams’ baritone, which hasn’t aged a bit since its days atop the Billboard charts. And when he’s joined by some of Nashville’s best vocalists – including Vince Gill, who sings harmony on “Heart of Hearts” and Alison Krauss on the tender dancehall duet “I Just Come Here for the Music” – the results are sublime.
At only 35 minutes long, And So It Goes ends far too soon. However, it stands up to repeated, borderline obsessive listening. Like Williams, it’ll only get better with age.
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