Picks and Pans Review: Lookin' Back at Myself
With his hard-edge, growling vocals and Hank Williams-esque yodel, Aaron Tippin has managed to log five country Top 10 singles (including a No. 1) in the four years he has been recording. But he hasn't yet made it to the major leagues with Garth, Clint and the other hot-hatted hunks, and this fourth album, with its mostly business-as-usual cuts, isn't likely to change his status. "I Got It Honest" is a return to the type of working-man, blue-collar anthem that got Tippin on the charts in the first place ("You've Got to Stand for Something" in 1990); and "She Feels Like a Brand New Man Tonight" has a rowdy Brooks & Dunn feel to it (along with a similar song title). But there are a few nice ballads, like "You Are the Woman" (in which his wail is so heartfelt you'd swear he's baying at the moon) and the title cut. The overall effort will satisfy his fans; perhaps, though, this likable hillbilly's next outing will better showcase his talents—and bring him out of the shadows of all those Stetsons. (RCA)
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