Man with a Memory

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Man with a Memory marks the debut of a new label, Universal South, and a new artist, Arkansas-born Joe Nichols. Label and artist both have a winner. Nichols's smooth, laconic delivery and medium-cool timbre could hardly sound more like George Strait -- and at a few junctures his emotive vocals recall the young Hag -- but this artist is, to quote a Strait hit of yore, a man on his own. In his original songs and his choice of covers, Nichols evinces an interest in content rather than formulaic production. His breakthrough single, "The Impossible," is a slowly building cry for reconciliation based on the inevitable reality checks occurring as the seemingly impossible ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Man with a Memory marks the debut of a new label, Universal South, and a new artist, Arkansas-born Joe Nichols. Label and artist both have a winner. Nichols's smooth, laconic delivery and medium-cool timbre could hardly sound more like George Strait -- and at a few junctures his emotive vocals recall the young Hag -- but this artist is, to quote a Strait hit of yore, a man on his own. In his original songs and his choice of covers, Nichols evinces an interest in content rather than formulaic production. His breakthrough single, "The Impossible," is a slowly building cry for reconciliation based on the inevitable reality checks occurring as the seemingly impossible actually comes to pass. Nichols co-wrote "Everything's a Thing," an infectious bit of country funk that endorses the Einsteinian notion that God doesn't play dice with the universe but rather designs every event in life for a reason. Another Nichols collaboration, the love ballad "Can't Hold a Halo," is buttressed by acoustic guitar and exquisitely rendered pedal steel moans. The spoken-sung shuffle "Life Don't Have to Mean Nothing at All" is a wry bit of commentary on contemporary social follies in the grand tradition of Roger Miller. Man with a Memory is an impressive start, and if Nichols continues to develop his voice as a writer in addition to covering sharp songs like those here, he'll be around a long, long time. Take note.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
From the looks of him -- long, unkempt hair and wrinkled jeans jacket over a black T-shirt -- on the cover of his major-label debut, Man With a Memory, you might expect that Joe Nichols aspires to be the next Kris Kristofferson-style Nashville rebel. Appearances can be deceiving, however. Vocally, Nichols sounds like Alan Jackson trying to make like George Jones, and he sings Nashville country songs played by Music City session players. The album's lead single is "The Impossible," a piece of country philosophy about how impossible things happen. In the first verse, the narrator's apparently invincible father turns out to be able to feel pain after all; in the second a paralyzed friend learns to walk. Most of the other songs range from barroom weepers "She Only Smokes When She Drinks" to expressions of romantic devotion. Tom T. Hall's "Life Don't Have to Mean Nothing at All" is a particular highlight.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/23/2002
  • Label: Universal South
  • UPC: 008817028521
  • Catalog Number: 170285
  • Sales rank: 52,156

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Impossible
  2. 2 Joe's Place
  3. 3 Brokenheartsville
  4. 4 She Only Smokes When She Drinks
  5. 5 Everything's a Thing
  6. 6 That Would Be Her
  7. 7 Cool to Be a Fool
  8. 8 Can't Hold a Halo to You
  9. 9 You Can't Break the Fall
  10. 10 You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet
  11. 11 Life Don't Have to Mean Nothin' at All
  12. 12 Man with a Memory
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Nichols Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Eric Darken Percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Shane Keister Wurlitzer
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest Drums
Vince Gill Background Vocals
John Hughey Steel Guitar
David Hungate Bass
Liana Manis Background Vocals
Gordon Mote Piano
Brent Rowan Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Gut String Guitar, tiple, Hi String, Guitar (Baritone)
Harry Stinson Background Vocals
Tommy White Steel Guitar
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
Chris Thile Mandolin
Tim Lauer Accordion, Harmonium, Keyboards, Mellotron, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, National Duolian
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ben Fowler Engineer
Paul Hart Engineer
Brent Rowan Producer, Engineer
Ed Seay Engineer
Jonathan Russell Mastering
Chris Latham Engineer
Eric Conn Mastering
Chip Matthews Engineer
David Bryant Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WONDERFUL

    I am not big on country, except for Alan Jackson, and now Joe Nicholes. The songs "The impossible". as well as if nobody believed, are great. I find myself listening to these songs over and over. He is very talented.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a guy

    I thought that the album was creative and it went back to the traditional country sound. I love the cd. I listen to it everyday. If you like country music go get this album, if not don't be afraid to try something new.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic!

    In April, I saw Joe Nichols perform as the opening act for Alan Jackson's Drive 2003 tour. He rocked the Daytona Beach Ocean Center! I enjoyed his performance, and love his songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You'll remember this one!!

    Joe Nichols is the best artist in Nashville right now. What hits you right away is his rich and smooth voice that’s so soothing. I especially love the single titled “the impossible” which is so incredibly beautiful and inspiring. It’s about impossible situations and experiences being possible. I also like that there’s a subtlety to the song just adds to it. While all of Joe’s music is truly country, Joe makes sure to vary the music a little from the emotional songs like ‘Can’t Hold a Halo to You’ and the title track ‘Man with a Memory’ to the more upbeat ‘Everything’s a Thing.’ The is the album you simply must have is you’re a fan of country music or simply good music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Great

    I'm not a 'country' listener, and this boy is very traditional but I CANNOT stop listening. It rocks it the most!!

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