Acoustic opener “One Clear Shot” offers one man’s aim for revenge: “One more night/So I can blow your brains out with some words that I like.” The record’s perverse cynicism increases with a countrified version of Leonard Cohen’s “Is This What You Wanted” and a dead-on interpretation of the Rolling Stones’ sharply contradictory electric blues “Jigsaw Puzzle.”
Collier’s originals are dark declamations from a flawed man. During wronged-man ballad “For Taking My Baby Away,” he intones, “I can’t forgive what I can’t forget,” while on country lament “Don’t Discard Me” Collier deplores his own waywardness, “I’d be the first to fall from grace/But don’t discard me on this evidence.”
How Can There Be Another Day? is currently available.