REVIEWED BY RALPH NOVAK
While his 2003 debut Long Black Train was a clear-cut triumph, Josh Turner seems to have really found his place in the continuum of country music on his very satisfying second album. Credit his producer Frank Rogers (Brad Paisley), as well as newfound mentor Eddy Arnold. He also benefits from the composing skills of Shawn Camp, who cowrote the disc's best song, "Baby's Gone Home to Mama," as well as the playful paean to used-car shopping, "Loretta Lynn's Lincoln." Turner also applies that deep, mellow baritone to a song by the great Bob McDill, the old Don Williams hit "Lord Have Mercy on a Country Boy." The singer duets with John Anderson on a tune they wrote together, "White Noise," and is joined by bluegrass patriarch Ralph Stanley on the amusing if somewhat presumptuous "Me and God." Turner is backed throughout by a stellar cast of musicians, including fiddler Aubrey Haynie and steel guitarist Steve Hinson, but it's his great, floorboard-rattling voice that truly makes him the man.
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