Thursday, November 17, 2005
It’s always the Rhodes Scholars who come through in a pinch. Where else would you go for some whiskery minimalist funereal grit-poet gospel? Special K does crease-faced hangover daze with class. It’s not like Kristofferson’s reputation needs any rehabilitation; he’s practically a Marlboro Man godhead bard, as anyone who’s ever seen Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid knows. It’s a shame that his style of mythic leathery dissipation and tracheotomy chic has lost fans (hasn’t it?). This track, "Epitaph: Black and Blue," is at the end of The Silver-Tongued Devil and I, a record worth having for the weird mariachi tinge of "The Taker" and "Loving Her Was Easier."