Picks and Pans Review: The Truth About Men

updated 08/04/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/04/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Tracy Byrd (RCA)

The self-mocking title cut is macho fun: "Don't like to go out shoppin'/Don't care what's on sale/Just wanna sit with a bag full of chips/Watchin' the NFL." And Byrd's hearty delivery is vigorously backed with guest vocals by Andy Griggs, Montgomery Gentry and Blake Shelton. "Drinkin' Bone" is also well-suited to Byrd's rugged persona. Byrd falters when he attempts to get warm and fuzzy on "You Feel Good," and "How'dl Wind Up in Jamaica" sounds as if it belongs elsewhere—maybe on a Jimmy Buffett album.

BOTTOM LINE: Half wheat, half chaff

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