Alanna Nash
January 18, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

Poor Man's Dream

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Country

We gave it an A-

On his second album, Poor Man’s Dream, folk- and country-rocker Tom Russell continues to craft solid, original story-songs out of American folk traditions. Singing in a rugged, vagabond voice that occasionally seems choked with trail dust, he chronicles the deferred dreams of common people, usually caught in a trap of their own making. Russell hits his stride with stark and chilling songs of irony, such as the Steve Earle-like ”Veteran’s Day,” a Vietnam War song with a bitter twist, and ”Bergenfield,” a wake-up call for a community puzzled by its numerous teen suicides. Potent stuff. A-

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