Album review

Jerry Lee Lewis

SHE EVEN WOKE ME UP TO SAY GOODBYE

BOTH RAVEN

By the late-'60s, Lewis was still reeling from the outrage following marriage to his under-age cousin. Smash Records offered salvation in a return to the country roots he couldn't shake. Fusing sweaty R&B, gospel, hillbilly and Tin Pan Alley with teary balladry, working-man's blues and nods to Haggard and Jimmie Rodgers, 1968's Another Place... and She Even Woke... (1970)—bolstered by six add-ons from in between LP She Still Comes Around—find the man fired up, happily unable to resist the odd, impassioned pounding of ivories in the process.

Rating: 3 / 10


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