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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.

[Grade: B+] A strong effort.... The first single, "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," needs no further explanation. It's just pure fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2005
  • Label: Universal South
  • UPC: 602498824269
  • Catalog Number: 000479602
  • Sales rank: 58,333

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
Al 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
Don Cobb Mastering
Steve Dean Composer
Ben Fowler Engineer
Byron Gallimore Producer
Julian King Engineer
Susan Levy Art Direction
Brent Rowan Producer, Engineer
Chris Rowe Engineer
Mark D. 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
Eric Conn Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    silky smooth crooner

    I love this cd, this voice echos through my head for days on end.

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