Joe Nichols - Real Things
Album review by: Cheryl
Harvey Hill, Sr. Staff Journalist
music is designed to touch our hearts and souls so who better
to convey that message than someone with a voice that often
resonates so deeply through you that you find yourself doing
pursed lips breathing just to clear your head and calm your
heart. There is no doubt about it, Joe Nichols is the
class in classic country and as impossible as it may seem, he
just keeps getting better and better.
The only thing
that never changes about this charismatic native of Rogers,
Arkansas, is his delightful sense of humor and the fact that
he never takes himself too seriously. Perhaps it is his
innate, unassuming nature that allows him to fill each song to
the brim with so much emotion. He shares an important hallmark
of all truly great artists; he never displays any fear of
exposing his own vulnerability which is, no doubt, why it is
easy to believe that he singing from his own experiences.
always been my lucky number and I think it is definitely lucky
for Nichols too because choosing a favorite track from the
thirteen on this album was just about impossible. "Real
Things" has all the components of a hit song and Nichols
conveys it with just the right amount of feeling, but
"All Good Things" is a really great song too and his
delivery is eloquent in its simplicity. "Let's Get Drunk
and Fight" is an up-tempo song with a clever hook that is
certain to have everyone singing along.
Whiskey Years" caused me to hit replay quite a few times
and "If I Could Only Fly," which features Lee Ann
Womack, definitely ranks high among my favorite tracks. Like a
melodic kaleidoscope, each song displays a different pattern
of emotion, each one as fascinating, as captivating, and as
entertaining, as the other.
Nichols, this is the album he would have made from the
beginning, if he'd "had the skills time has helped him
accumulate." Well, I've known him for many years and I am
certain that he has always had the skills; he just needed a
little maturity to fine tune them. He is one of those special
artists who was destined to be an entertainer. You can't learn
to sing like Nichols, he was born to do this. When it comes to
Real Things, Joe Nichols is.
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