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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Joe Nichols is a great singer and a nice guy. So on his terrific new album, Real Things, he's not altogether believable singing about "when I was stoned out of my mind" on "My Whiskey Years," and his demure delivery hints that he doesn't believe it, either. But when he sings about matters seemingly closest to his own experience -- the burnished memories of family, friends, and seasonal passages recounted in the title song, a good woman's enduring love trumping a fling in the velvety "She's All Lady" -- Nichols is positively mesmerizing. There's no artifice in his wrenching account of a man left alone with his memories in the surging reminiscence "The Difference Is Night ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Joe Nichols is a great singer and a nice guy. So on his terrific new album, Real Things, he's not altogether believable singing about "when I was stoned out of my mind" on "My Whiskey Years," and his demure delivery hints that he doesn't believe it, either. But when he sings about matters seemingly closest to his own experience -- the burnished memories of family, friends, and seasonal passages recounted in the title song, a good woman's enduring love trumping a fling in the velvety "She's All Lady" -- Nichols is positively mesmerizing. There's no artifice in his wrenching account of a man left alone with his memories in the surging reminiscence "The Difference Is Night and Day," or in the heart-tugging yearning he chronicles in the honky-tonk tear-jerker "If I Could Only Fly." That latter cut is practically an homage to the duets of Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens, with Lee Ann Womack in the Owens role, knocking her parts clean out of the park. The close-to-the-bone feeling Nichols conjures when he digs into a sensitive lyric is a mark of country's finest vocalists and writers since back in the day. Meshing tradition and contemporary style into a classic and timeless sound, Joe Nichols sets an imposing standard with Real Things -- both for himself and for country music as it is defined today.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Joe Nichols finally had a big hit with his 2005 album III, released nearly a decade after his first independent records. III found Nichols loosening up a bit, delivering the very funny "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" which was also a strong song outside its quips, strong enough to become a genuine pop Top 40 hit after it topped the country charts. Such success can be hard to follow, and for his 2007 follow-up Real Things, Nichols does beat a bit of retreat, deciding not to expand upon that slyly rowdy hit but instead returning to the ballads that served him well for his first two records. He still kicks up the tempo on occasion -- most notably on "Let's Get Drunk and Fight," a sequel to "Tequila" that's nearly as laugh-out-loud funny, but also on the speedy "Comin' Back in a Cadillac," a tune that's more traditionally country-rockin' yet also on the anthemic "It Ain't No Crime" -- but by and large Real Things is a gentler affair, reminiscent of his second album, Revelation. However, there is a difference here: that record often seemed to cruise by on Music City gloss where Real Things digs deep, sounding deeply felt no matter how smooth it gets. Or no matter how sappy it gets, either, since there are several songs that flirt with being just a bit too emotional, whether it's the nostalgia of the title track or the autobiography of "Ain't Nobody Gonna Take That from Me." What saves these songs is the warmth of the production and, above all, the richness of Nichols' singing. He can find the truth in a cliché and is compelling even in the quietest moments, of which there are many here. Real Things is an album designed for contemplation or relaxation, and it works as both, sliding into the background or rewarding close listening. Some may wish that Nichols partied a little harder in the wake of "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," but even those naysayers will likely find this to be his most consistent album to date -- and those who prefer his smooth, comforting voice to his taste in traditional country may indeed find this to be his best album as well.
New York Times - Kelefa Sanneh
...Mr. Nichols is something of an anomaly. He prefers small gestures to big ones, and Real Things is full of elegant, understated songs full of charming details.
Entertainment Weekly - Alanna Nash
...it's soulful ballads like "My Whiskey Years" that best showcase his rich baritone -- a sinewy blend of Merle Haggard/Randy Travis vulnerability... [A-]

...Mr. Nichols is something of an anomaly. He prefers small gestures to big ones, and Real Things is full of elegant, understated songs full of charming details.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2007
  • Label: Universal South
  • UPC: 602517324930
  • Catalog Number: 000888802
  • Sales rank: 62,789

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Nichols Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Shannon Forrest Percussion, Drums
Paul Franklin Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Jim Hoke Horn
John Hughey Pedal Steel Guitar
David Hungate Bass, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass
Mac McAnally Acoustic Guitar, Guitar (Resonator)
Gordon Mote Piano, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Brent Rowan Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Sitar, Mellotron, Slide Guitar, 6-string bass, Wurlitzer, Hi String, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Lee Ann Womack Background Vocals
Craig Young Bass, Bass Guitar
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Mandocello
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Morgane Hayes Background Vocals
Universal Records South Family Singers Background Vocals
Byran Sutton Mandocello
Technical Credits
Billy Dean Composer
Blaze Foley Composer
Walt Aldridge Composer
Dean Dillon Composer
Greg Droman Engineer
Ben Fowler Engineer
Brent Rowan Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, Tic Tac, Audio Production
John Scott Sherrill Composer
Craig White Engineer
Mark Wright Producer, Audio Production
Tom Hambridge Composer
Tom Shapiro Composer
Joe Nichols Composer
Jeffrey Steele Composer
Karen Cronin Art Direction
Carson Chamberlain Composer
Mark Nesler Composer
Earl Bud Lee Composer
Chris Lindsey Composer
Aimee Mayo Composer
Rivers Rutherford Composer
Annie Tate Composer
Sam Tate Composer
Scotty Emerick Composer
Clint Daniels Composer
Aaron Lines Composer
Rob McNelley Composer
Troy Verges Composer
Jamey Johnson Composer
Lynn Hutton Composer
John Paul White Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    This is the most amazing cd from such an outstanding singer! He also does an amazing cover of a Merle Haggard song, I would definately recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    michigan wants joe

    I am ready to meet joe nichols. These songs are beautiful and that darn voice pierces my belly. Thanks a lot Joe for wonderful fantasies. we'll meet someday. This cd is the best...

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