Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
Rock's Backpages

Merle Haggard: Chill Factor (Epic)

Amy Linden, Spin, June 1988

NEW TRADITION, old tradition, any old way you choose it. Merle Haggard is a country music category unto himself. Any guy that lists his prison record (along with pardon by then-governor Ronald Reagan) in his official bio has gotta be doing something right. Over the years, Haggard has consistently put out good albums, and Chill Factor is no exception. Yet this is more than just another good Merle Haggard record. His gone-to-hell-and-back voice is sounding better the growlier it gets.

Total word count of piece: 353

Subscribe

Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to all the thousands of articles in the library.

Click here to go to Subscribe page.

Click here for academic and other group subscriptions.