III

III

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by Joe Nichols
     
 
Joe Nichols's third album not only solidifies his position as country music's premier male interpreter, it also serves notice of his developing interest in songwriting. On the bouncy, neo–western swing tune "Honky Tonk Girl," one of two originals here, Nichols delivers his lyrics about an unreconstructed country gal gone big city with a wry, told-you-so attitude

Overview

Joe Nichols's third album not only solidifies his position as country music's premier male interpreter, it also serves notice of his developing interest in songwriting. On the bouncy, neo–western swing tune "Honky Tonk Girl," one of two originals here, Nichols delivers his lyrics about an unreconstructed country gal gone big city with a wry, told-you-so attitude that compares favorably in approach and style to Alan Jackson -- company Nichols might get used to keeping. Gradations of love and loneliness are Nichols's stock in trade on III, but he also has time for some clever takes on cultural phenomena, as on the twangy country rock of "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," about a fetching young lady with an unusual reaction to alcohol, and the hard-country "Size Matters," which describes a needy woman's desiring all-consuming love from a big-hearted man. Nichols is at his best putting across ballads, though, such as the classically styled tear-jerker "I'll Wait for You," an homage to enduring love and unwavering commitment that expresses a couple's abiding affection for each other through the trials of a lifetime. The heartthrob's smooth baritone is most effectively deployed in rooting around in the bittersweet sentiments of Steve Earle's "My Old Friend the Blues" (also covered by Patty Loveless on her excellent album Dreamin' My Dreams), with Nichols's beautifully shaded vocal out front of a spare, folkish arrangement keyed by a gently finger-picked acoustic guitar line. III gits-r-done and more -- and Joe Nichols, that's country right there.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Joe Nichols gets a little loose on his third major-label album, appropriately titled III, as evidenced by the very title of its first single, "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off." It's a silly name and would seem like a throwaway novelty, but it's not only genuinely funny, Nichols delivers it with sly humor and a low-key swagger that shows more character, as a vocalist, than he did on his previous albums. And that's the key to this album -- it's the first time that Nichols displays some genuine on-record personality that sets him apart from the Music City machine. While he still has a couple of generic numbers here, by and large the material is much stronger, bearing a harder country edge than the songs on his previous album, Revelation. Since Nichols has always had an appealing twang to his baritone, this harder country bent suits him well, particularly because it's not only present on straight-ahead country numbers like the two-step "Honky Tonk Girl" or Steve Earle's mournful "My Old Friend the Blues," Nichols also gives such softer, '70s-styled numbers like "Talk Me out of Tampa" a touch of grit, which is something he couldn't do on his previous albums. He's managed to steer away from the suburban country tract he was on and head back toward the country, which has made his music livelier and quite entertaining. Nichols still isn't a traditionalist on the level of his clear idol Alan Jackson -- the subjects, sound, and feel are more modern than traditional -- but he manages to strike a good balance of classic and contemporary here on III, which not only makes it his best album to date, but the first to suggest that he's carved out a distinctive niche for himself.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Mandy St. Amand
[Grade: B+] A strong effort.... The first single, "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," needs no further explanation. It's just pure fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2005
Label:
Universal South
UPC:
0602498824269
catalogNumber:
000479602
Rank:
45455

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Nichols   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Steve Gibson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Terry Crisp   Steel Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Shannon Forrest   Percussion,Drums
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
John Hobbs   Piano,Wurlitzer
David Hungate   Bass
Kirk Johnson   Harmonica
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar,Resonator
Gary Lunn   Bass
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Randy McCormick   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Gordon Mote   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Steve Nathan   Organ,Piano
Larry Paxton   Bass
Perkins   Steel Guitar
Brent Rowan   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Robby Turner   Steel Guitar
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Tim Lauer   Pump Organ
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Morgane Hayes   Background Vocals
Wyatt Beard   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Anderson   Composer
Steve Earle   Composer
Johnny Lytle   Management
Tony Martin   Composer
John Wiggins   Composer
Harley Allen   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Steve Dean   Composer
Ben Fowler   Engineer
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Julian King   Engineer
Susan Levy   Art Direction
Brent Rowan   Producer,Engineer
Chris Rowe   Engineer
Mark Sanders   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Engineer
Willis R. Nance   Composer
Joe Nichols   Composer
Mike Dekle   Composer
Wendell Mobley   Composer
Carson Chamberlain   Composer
Chris Latham   Engineer
Jim Collins   Composer
Mark Nesler   Composer
Tony Castle   Engineer
Donny Lowery   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Erik Lutkins   Engineer
Byron Hill   Composer
Steve Crowder   Engineer
Don Sampson   Composer
Joe Allen   Composer
Billy Currington   Composer
Chip Matthews   Engineer
Jesse Chrisman   Engineer
Sara Lesher   Engineer
Gary Hannan   Composer

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III 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd, this voice echos through my head for days on end.