Man Like Me

Man Like Me

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by Bobby Pinson
     
 

Bobby Pinson isn't quite a roughneck rebel, isn't quite a contemporary country crooner. He falls between those two extremes on Man Like Me, his 2005 debut for RCA Nashville, and the results are, perhaps not unsurprisingly, a little confused, alternating between ragged but right confessionals and cloying, calculated sap. This is a record that begins with heavy,See more details below

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Bobby Pinson isn't quite a roughneck rebel, isn't quite a contemporary country crooner. He falls between those two extremes on Man Like Me, his 2005 debut for RCA Nashville, and the results are, perhaps not unsurprisingly, a little confused, alternating between ragged but right confessionals and cloying, calculated sap. This is a record that begins with heavy, distorted guitars on the fist-pumping "I'm Fine Either Way" and ends with an unlisted bonus track of a plaintive acoustic reading of the schoolhouse standard "Jesus Loves Me," complete with a group of kids murmuring along on the fadeout. Throughout Man Like Me, Pinson yo-yos between these two extremes, at times writing good, restless numbers like "Nothin' Happens in This Town" or the carefully observed "Ford Fairlane," but just as often penning cloying ditties like the born-again anthem "One More Believer" or the string of clichés on "Don't Ask Me How I Know," where he passes on such wisdom as "Sell your truck while it's still running" and "Don't drink the water in Mexico." To his credit, Pinson co-writes all of the 11 songs on his debut, and these songs have the seeds of an interesting persona: he has an appealingly ragged voice that fits the rougher side of his material, and with producer Joe Sciafe, he can make some lean, vigorous music. The problem is, he sounds like he's trying to cover too many bases on Man Like Me, to try to be a rowdy outlaw while preserving a church-going image. Plenty of artists have partied on Saturday night and repented Sunday morning, but Pinson has the tendency on Man Like Me to sound too studied on good-time tunes like "Started a Band" and on his sentimental songs. At his best, he dispenses with that kind of commercial condescension and reveals himself to be an observant songwriter and a captivating singer. He doesn't hit the mark enough on Man Like Me to make it a success, but he hits it often enough to make you wonder where he's going to go next.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2005
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828766817324
catalogNumber:
68173

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Pinson   Primary Artist
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Eric Darken   Percussion
John Catchings   Cello
David Grissom   Electric Guitar
Russ Pahl   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Mandocello
Mike Rojas   Keyboards
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Blue Miller   Background Vocals
Bart Busch   Background Vocals
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Mark Hill   Bass
Lucy Pinson   Background Vocals
Brian Pruitt   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Charlie Moore   Composer
Butch Carr   Engineer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Jim McBride   Composer
Joe Scaife   Producer
Bart Busch   Engineer
Ken Fredette   Reissue Design
Wade Hunt   Art Direction
Matt Rossi   Composer
Kris Bergsnes   Composer
William B. Bradbury   Composer
David McClister   Cover Photo
Brett Jones   Composer
Astrid Herbold May   Art Direction
Bobby Pinson   Composer,Producer
Jeremy Spillman   Composer
Tommy Conners   Composer
Jim McCormick   Composer
Anna B. Warner   Composer
Hank Williams   Mastering

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