Picks and Pans Review: I See It Now

updated 09/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Tracy Lawrence

Sometimes it's hard to distinguish one Stetson-topped country crooner from another, but in Tracy Lawrence's case, that problem was solved three years ago: He's the one who stopped four bullets when robbers tried to abduct him and a female friend in Nashville. Musically, Lawrence has defined himself on two previous albums (Sticks and Stones and Alibis) as a singer with a talent for mournful ballads. His third album, I See It Now, is book-ended by two lovely, bittersweet accounts of romance lost (the title track and "I'd Give Anything to Be Your Everything Again"), but the eight cuts in between mostly suggest that the 26-year-old singer could use some seasoning. And better lyrics. "If the world had a front porch," Lawrence sings in the song by that name, "...we'd still have our problems but we'd all be friends." More likely, we'd be brawling over who gets to sit in the swing. (Atlantic)

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