Noel Coppage - Stereo Review
Lightfoot's "Sundown" for Reprise is a scrumptious summation of what
else he has done; compared to what several other troubadours are doing,
broad-shouldered, wide-brimmed, lean-hipped, and outdoorsy.
in a manly, ulcer-inviting way, bottles it up sometimes with lines like
how it goes."
"Sundown" finds Lightfoot reunited with bass player John Stockfish, a
regular with the troupe in the early days, but latter-day regular Rick
Haynes is still
around too, and both are great. Lightfoot's songs are often keyed
the bass, and Lightfoot takes a direct no-nonsense approach to
His songs don't need anything getting in their way, anyhow, and these
ones have quite a way about them; one after another, they are
"Too Late For Prayin'," an embarrassment of riches in itself,
demonstrates how quietly remarkable they can be, but give yourself time
and it will also
demonstrate Lightfoot's uncanny ability to invent beautiful melodies
keep them simple, to say his piece in verses so graceful and economical
you can enjoy the flow of the syllables as many times as you like
settling down to what the words mean.
"Circle Of Steel" is another such demonstration, and my other special
favorite is "Somewhere USA," which has that long-legged pace that
Lightfoot practically owns. The title song is perhaps too simple,
but its refrain - which will stay in your head for a month, and you
have no choice in the matter -
has three different wordings, including, "Sometimes I think it's a sin
When I feel like I'm winning when I'm losing again."