Tom Sinclair
May 24, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Semi-crazy

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Junior Brown
genre
Country

We gave it an A-

JUNIOR BROWN Semi-Crazy (MCG/ Curb) Here comes quixotic ol’ Junior Brown with his third full-length album, Semi-Crazy, valiantly waving the banner of unreconstructed honky-tonk music in the face of Nashville’s current sameness. A virtuoso picker (guitar freaks will appreciate the jaw-dropping pyrotechnics of ”I Hung It Up,” and his definitive ”Surf Medley”), Brown’s a casually irreverent humorist to boot. His voice — mellower than Ernest Tubb’s, rougher than Ray Price’s — is limited but genially dusty. A-

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