Picks and Pans Review: You Gotta Love That!

updated 02/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Neal McCoy

Neal McCoy had a hit third album last year that spawned two No. 1 country singles ("No Doubt About It" and "Wink"), and his success should continue with his highly listenable and satisfying follow-up. The dance-floor-friendly title song is delivered with self-assured ease by this native Texan, and though McCoy has claimed in interviews that he's not a good singer or musician, you won't think so when listening to the tunes rendered here. He and producer Barry Beckett struck a winning formula last time out, and that successful combination is once again right on the mark. McCoy seems most at home on the rowdy rockers (the infectious "Twang" and "Y-O-U") but is also comfortable on the midtempo "Spending Every Minute in Love," with its loping rhythm and sexy lyrics ("I love to hear you tell me/ What you dream.../ Wearin' nothin' but my T-shirt/ And a sleepy smile").

The album starts losing steam near the end—"Plain Jane" and "You're Backin' Up" are uninspired fillers—but McCoy manages a strong finish with the melancholy ballad "If I Was a Drinkin' Man" ("I'd get myself a bottle/ And you'd be history"). After hearing a tune like this, you'll be drying your eyes with one hand and starting the album anew with the other. (Atlantic)

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