Picks and Pans Review: I Know a Place

updated 07/15/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/15/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Davis Daniel

Singing with romantic emotion, wit and intelligence—and in what may be country music's most plaintive male voice since Eddy Arnold—Daniel may finally get his due with this, his third album. The cleverly chosen tunes range from the straightforwardly playful and nostalgic "Ruth Ann" to the thoughtful irony of "It's Been a Pleasure (Not Knowing You)" and the poignant ballad "What I Wouldn't Give." Because Daniels's voice is so sweet and steady, he might consider a female duet partner once in a while to liven things up. Still, unaffectedness can be a pleasure in itself, especially with a singer as focused on his music and uninterested in gimmicks as Daniel. (A&M Nashville)

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