I Thought It Was You Romantic balladeer Stone, with his clean, supple baritone, can mimic about any country singer he wants, from the laconic Merle Haggard to the smooth honky-tonker… I Thought It Was You Romantic balladeer Stone, with his clean, supple baritone, can mimic about any country singer he wants, from the laconic Merle Haggard to the smooth honky-tonker… Doug Stone Country
Music Review

I Thought It Was You (1991)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Lead Performance: Doug Stone; Genre: Country

Romantic balladeer Stone, with his clean, supple baritone, can mimic about any country singer he wants, from the laconic Merle Haggard to the smooth honky-tonker Gene Watson. But Stone has established himself as a sort of young Conway Twitty, a crooner who knows what fires women's fantasies — mainly lyrics that acknowledge both their sensuality and their desire to be treated with respect. With a couple of exceptions, notably two funny redneck laments, ''A Jukebox With a Country Song'' and ''The Right to Remain Silent,'' Stone devotes his entire second album, I Thought It Was You, to sex-and-smolder ballads (''The Feeling Never Goes Away,'' ''Come in out of the Pain'') that portray him as the sensitive, if also doomed, lover. Not even Twitty can touch him for subtlety: One spark from Stone can start an inferno, while Twitty would still be gathering kindling. A

Originally posted Aug 16, 1991 Published in issue #79 Aug 16, 1991 Order article reprints
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