Album Review: Hebert Island, William Clark Green 

A catchy chorus, gnarly guitar riffs and a pulse straight out of the Deep South swamplands—that's how William Clark Green opens up his fifth studio album, Hebert Island (Bill Grease Records, 2018).

The album, pronounced "A-bear Island," is nicely balanced between country roots that highlight Green's talent as a lyricist, and Texas rock that allows him to let loose.

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  • William Clark Green
There are the expected tunes dedicated to love and heartache, odes to family and childhood nostalgia and the standard number of whiskey references for a country album.

The highlights come in the middle of the album. In “Poor,” Green does an excellent job of romanticizing simple living. “I don’t care for the bills in the mailbox / You don’t care for the cars on the lawn / It’s you and me in my bed waking up to this mess / And it feels pretty good being poor," he sings.

A little fiddling on the side and accordion accents boost this track to the top of the listening list.

“Poor” leads straight into another relationship-minded song (it is a country album after all). “She Loves Horses,” is a stormy track— soft and subtle at first before rolling over you full force, with guitar solos and annoyingly relatable lyrics.

Overall, it’s a great collection of songs that serves as a solid introduction to country music for people who claim to not like country. 
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