Picks and Pans Review: Jason Michael Carroll

updated 02/26/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/26/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

Waitin' in the Country

REVIEWED BY RALPH NOVAK

COUNTRY

Carroll has been getting attention for his hit "Alyssa Lies," which tackles child abuse but doesn't approach the poignancy of, say, Suzanne Vega's "Luka." There are better songs on his debut, such as the rollicking "Honky Tonk Friends" and the touching "No Good in Goodbye," which Carroll wrote and sings with Jewel. Still, he fails to really establish a unique identity, and his baritone, while pleasant enough, won't make anyone forget Toby Keith, let alone Merle Haggard.

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