Tony Scherman
September 08, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Confessions of St. Ace

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
John Wesley Harding
Producers
Mammoth
genre
Rock

We gave it an B

The fiendishly witty singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding cut his eighth album, The Confessions of St. Ace, in Nashville with a tight roots-rock band. Although Harding and his facile accompanists are almost too smooth for their own good, a brace of songs — ”Our Lady of the Highways,” sung with Steve Earle; ”Bad Dream Baby,” haunted by Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s patented quaver; and the moving ”Too Much Into Nothing” — grab hold and don’t let go. B

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