Lee Hazlewood, 'Cake or Death' (Ever)

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Cake or Death
Critical Mass
Label: Ever

by Andrew Beaujon

Lee Hazlewood's farewell to the recording industry is as oblique as his journey through it, which took him from producing Duane Eddy to saving Nancy Sinatra's career to making a series of ever-more-baffling and often genius solo albums in the '70s. Other than a jazzy take on the classic "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," Act III of his life is best represented here--the twisted, modal interpolation of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in "Anthem" is his career in miniature: arguably inappropriate, undeniably beautiful, and deeply, importantly weird.

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