Just Us Kids The protest songs on Just Us Kids , particularly "Cheney's Toy," will hog all the attention, but they're the least of this roots rocker's treasures… Just Us Kids The protest songs on Just Us Kids , particularly "Cheney's Toy," will hog all the attention, but they're the least of this roots rocker's treasures… 2008-04-15 James McMurtry Rock
Music Review

Just Us Kids (2008)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Apr 15, 2008; Lead Performance: James McMurtry; Genre: Rock

The protest songs on Just Us Kids, particularly ''Cheney's Toy,'' will hog all the attention, but they're the least of this roots rocker's treasures here. It's James McMurtry's brilliant character sketches that really shine — starting with the hilarious, poignant title track, which follows high school slackers through dotcom busts and divorce and middle-aged delinquency, as they wonder how their epic life wound up being such ''a damn short movie.'' Or if great storytelling isn't your bag, maybe it's better just to sell you on his steamy Texas roadhouse-rumble sound, which is draw enough. A-
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Originally posted Apr 18, 2008 Published in issue #988-989 Apr 25, 2008 Order article reprints
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