Picks and Pans Review: Nobody's Got It All
John Anderson (Columbia Nashville)
Like Johnny Cash, country singer Anderson has enough swagger (not to mention sense of rhythm) to sing Bruce Springsteen songs. So even though Springsteen's New Jersey isn't exactly down home to Floridian Anderson, his version of "Atlantic City" is earthy, suggestive, energetic, intense and downright Boss. The rest of this album, Anderson's first since 1997, is equally entertaining. Even the perilously close to self-pitying "It Ain't Easy Being Me" is redeemed by the refrain ("I had to work real hard to be the jerk I am"). Alongside his rough-and-tumble sense of humor on tunes like "You Ain't Hurt Nothin' Yet," Anderson's warm baritone also allows him to get romantic ("I Love You Again"). Dixie Chicks coproducers Blake Chancey and Paul Worley lend their savvy country flair. In his 24-year career, Anderson has recorded 23 Top 10 hits. And by the sound of this album, there are plenty more to come.
Bottom Line: Honky tonk he-man
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