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The late Waylon Jennings once called Jack Ingram "an incredible talent." Now fans everywhere have learned what Jennings knew, as Ingram has transformed from a regional superstar around his native Texas into a full-fledged national phenomenon.
Nothing describes the incandescent moment when Jack Ingram's "incredible talent" becomes incredible success quite as well as the title of his new studio album, This Is It.
Like Keith Urban, Texan Jack Ingram flaunts a studied blond scruffiness that initially telegraphs he might rely more on sex appeal than music. But also like the Australian guitarzan, Ingram knows how to deliver the goods. His average-guy voice positions him more on the rocking side of country, and proves a perfect vehicle for the kickoff song, Radney Foster and Gordie Sampson's rootsy "Measure of a Man," which dovetails a rebel Steve Earle stance with a declaration of the changing power of love. The formulaic pop of "Wherever You Are," Ingram's #1 single--reprised like the bubblegummy "Love You" from an earlier album--is standard-issue Nashville, as is "featuring" Sheryl Crow on "Hold On," but then burying her vocals in the mix. But Ingram makes up for such transgressions with his deliciously lubricated cover of Hinder's "Lips of an Angel" and with his own finely-drawn songs of family (the folkish "Ava Adele") and the Lone Star landscape that produced him ("Great Divide"). The question is whether Ingram wants to be a star or an artist. His label, Big Machine, is trying to let him be both. But that can only last so long. --Alanna NashSee all Editorial Reviews
|1. Measure Of A Man|
|2. Hold On|
|3. Lips Of An Angel|
|4. Wherever You Are|
|5. Love You|
|6. Easy As 1, 2, 3 (Part II)|
|7. Ava Adele|
|8. Make A Wish (Coming Home Again)|
|9. Great Divide|
|10. Don't Want To Hurt|
|11. Maybe She'll Get Lonely|
|12. All I Can Do|
This is one of the best country music albums I've listened to thus far. Jack Ingram was the very first country music artist whose music I enjoyed. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Shawty Stylezz
This item got five stars because it is the perfect cd for country music that I have not heard in awhile.Published on January 3, 2013 by Michael Zappolo Jr.
If you are a country music fan, you are going to like this, especially at this price. I thought it was a great value for the price.Published on October 29, 2012 by Mary B.
This one's a really fine one. Listeners who like Radney Foster or Pat Green (or Sugarland and Keith Urban) will enjoy it. Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Ton-Spion
Jack Ingram's best work to date. Jack mixes a little but of everything on this disc showcasing his wide range of talents. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by G. Bell
I enjoy Jack's music since it is not the usual stuff coming out of Nashville. This is a good sample of his music. He is a great entertainer also.Published on October 25, 2007 by Mary C. Wolfe
I finally put this cd in the player and I have to say that it is enjoyable from start to finish. It is upbeat and a good one to work to or to drive down the road with. Read morePublished on October 2, 2007 by Lori P.