Indeed, the album's most interesting moments come when Yela not only bears all the weight as a rapper but also as a southern-fried crooner. Of course, interesting doesn't always mean good, and these forays have mixed results. His vocals on "American You," for example, are less Outlaw Country than they are suited for a duet with Sheryl Crow. That schmaltzy, adult contemporary vibe chafes with the song's refrain, for which Yela sings "Fuck you too" over and over. He has more success on "Have a Great Flight," singing in a sparse hush over bass and drums that chug along like a vintage Johnny Cash hit.
On this overlong but laudably ambitious album, Yelawolf shows that he's willing to try anything. On the follow-up, hopefully he'll show us that he knows what works. (Shady/Interscope)