Joe Nichols - Old Things New
by Cheryl Harvey Hill,
Sr. Staff Journalist
his fifth album for Universal Records South, Joe Nichols doesn’t
simply sing Old Things New, with his wonderfully unique
baritone, he clarifies exactly what those words mean, and he is
certain to make “Believers” out of anyone who is willing to give him
This album, co-produced by Brent Rowan
and Mark Wright, epitomizes, regardless of the genre, all great
albums, so I’ll leave selecting a favorite cut from the ten songs on
the album up to his fans. As for me, I liked them all, but a few
songs that stood out on the initial run through were “Old Things
New,” “Man. Woman,” “Cheaper Than A Shrink,” “This Bed’s Too Big,”
and, the final track, “An Old Friend of Mine.”
Bill Anderson and Buddy Cannon
collaborated with Paul Overstreet to write “Old Things New” and this
song is clarified, classic, country with marvelous peddle steel and
great lyrics that are certain to waft around your heart and dredge
up old memories. Nichols says that the first time he heard this
song, he “knew it was the song I’ve always wanted to sing. My
gut, my soul, told me, ‘that’s mine.’” Clearly, he has a savvy gut
and soul since this song fits him like a proverbial glove.
The very next track on the album, “Man.
Woman,” is sure to become one of your all-time, favorite up-tempo,
tunes and, over-all, the album has a really nice musical balance.
Cannon and Anderson joined forces again
to write with Jamey Johnson on “Cheaper Than A Shrink” so, by virtue
of great songwriters alone, the title cut, and this one, should
become hits. The latter track is also certain to become a favorite
bar anthem in honky tonks across the country and around the world.
Too Big” is a really sweet song and it is perfectly suited for
Nichols, who has taken the Haggard way of resonating his voice to
the next level; simply superb. This just may be one of those sleeper
hits. I sure hope so because I love it when a cleverly written,
simple tune, finds its way onto the charts and too, I’m a real fan
of the songwriters; Gary Burr and Victoria Shaw.
Choosing “An Old Friend of Mine” as the
final cut was brilliant on so many levels. The lyrics are incredibly
visual and Nichols is accompanied only by a piano on this track. “My
hands were shaking / and my knees were weak. / As I poured my last
shot / and I drank my last drink / And I heard freedom ring / When
that bottle hit the floor / and I just walked away / Not needing
anymore.” This song not only showcases the resplendent quality and
clarity of Nichols’ amazing baritone voice but he sings with so much
passion that it is akin to witnessing an emotional free fall. Rick
Tier and Brock Stalvey, the songwriters should be proud, this is a
truly incredible song and they could not have chosen a more credible
singer to sing it.
In his bio, he says, "I'm at a place in
my career where it's not just about hits, but about who I am as an
artist. It's about the work as a whole and what it says about me. I
wanted this record to represent the best of who Joe Nichols is, and
I'm really proud of what we've done,” and rightfully so. He has
accumulated three number one, and seven top ten hits to date, and
this album may just be the best album of his career so I’m sure
there are many more hits to come.
Old Things New
will be released Oct. 27.
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