Real Things Joe Nichols, one of Nashville's few Young Turks who kick it old-school, took the easy route on his last outing, III , with sexed-up novelty… Real Things Joe Nichols, one of Nashville's few Young Turks who kick it old-school, took the easy route on his last outing, III , with sexed-up novelty… 2007-08-21 Joe Nichols Country
Music Review

Real Things (2007)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Aug 21, 2007; Lead Performance: Joe Nichols; Genre: Country

Joe Nichols, one of Nashville's few Young Turks who kick it old-school, took the easy route on his last outing, III, with sexed-up novelty songs (''Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off''). Mercifully, album No. 4 (Real Things) finds him exploring emotional depth again. Nichols still brings a youthfulness to the up-tempo fantasy ''Comin' Back in a Cadillac,'' but it's soulful ballads like ''My Whiskey Years'' that best showcase his rich baritone — a sinewy blend of Merle Haggard/Randy Travis vulnerability — and put him in a league with the masters.
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Originally posted Aug 24, 2007 Published in issue #951 Aug 31, 2007 Order article reprints