July 25, 2005 12:00 PM

Fair and Square

Back in 1971, when his picking and singing style was called folk, Prine penned a bit of antiwar whimsy titled “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You into Heaven Anymore.” Even though it’s now called country, his style hasn’t changed over the years. And in a new protest song (“Some Humans Ain’t Human”) about a “cowboy from Texas,” he proves that his mind hasn’t changed much either. It’s a rare flash of anger from Prine, who is in a celebratory mood as he returns from a nine-year recording break, during which he underwent treatment for throat cancer. He sings these songs about love lost and found in an oak-barrel growl to melodies that alternately lilt and ache.

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