It's been five years since Joe Nichols took country music by storm, staking his own unique claim to time-honored tradition with his unforgettable debut single, The Impossible. In the interim, Nichols has chosen to grow his career the old-fashioned way, touching millions of fans through non-stop touring with artists like Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn and Toby Keith, and releasing hit after hit, including three No. 1's and seven Top 10 singles, two Gold Records certifications with sales close to 2 million. Today, Nichols is well established as one of country's most familiar and consistently unforgettable voices. Nichols has outdone himself once again, crafting a record that, song-for-song, performancefor- performance, never lets up and never lets go. With the debut single Another Side of You already igniting at radio, Nichols' fans are getting a taste of what's to come a country album full of real songs, sung by a real artist, who's always been and always will be all about nothing but the REAL THINGS.
On his fourth album, Joe Nichols has ample opportunity to showcase his vocal subtlety and soulfulness, which weren't much in evidence on his novelty smash "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off." The acoustic arrangements and largely midtempo material puts the emphasis throughout on his weathered baritone, as Nichols balances his sensitive side--on the romantic "Another Side of You" and "She's All Lady" and the heartbreak "All Good Things"--with his good-ol'-boy side, on the uptempo "Comin' Back in a Cadillac," the anti-busybody "It Ain't No Crime" and the barroom singalong of "Let's Get Drunk and Fight" (a cut that recalls a notorious early Jimmy Buffett song). The bittersweet balladry of "My Whiskey Years" is reflective of the album's uncommon emotional depth, while the closing "If I Could Only Fly" (by the late Austin cult hero Blaze Foley) shows the artist's range. --Don McLeese