Your Man

Your Man

4.2 7
by Josh Turner
     
 
Josh Turner went platinum with his 2003 debut, Long Black Train, then took his sweet time crafting a follow-up. His deliberate approach -- focusing on love songs, carefully chosen covers, and his own writing chops -- paid off. Your Man sounds like a classic from the git-go, with speed-picked mandolin notes heralding the

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Josh Turner went platinum with his 2003 debut, Long Black Train, then took his sweet time crafting a follow-up. His deliberate approach -- focusing on love songs, carefully chosen covers, and his own writing chops -- paid off. Your Man sounds like a classic from the git-go, with speed-picked mandolin notes heralding the bluegrass-inflected "Would You Go with Me," setting the stage for the up-tempo rousers, heartfelt ballads, and spiritual inquiries to follow. At the center of the action is Turner's rich, emotive baritone voice, a remarkable and supple instrument that packs plenty of punch in both its upper and lower registers, with personality to burn. On the swaying title track, he employs his full arsenal of vocal affects in a beautiful love song punctuated by sweet pedal steel fills, a twangy lead guitar, and rich fiddle commentary. And check his sensitive country crooning on the twin fiddle–enriched "Angels Fall Sometimes," a soft meditation of gratitude for the woman from the good side of town who's given her heart to him. For comic relief, there's the funkified "Baby's Gone Home to Mama," chronicling the musings of a lazy good ol' boy who can't be bothered to chase down his estranged wife, and fantasies of "Loretta Lynn's Lincoln" done to southern rock perfection. The topper is a duet with Ralph Stanley on Turner's infectious gospel shuffle, "Me and God," the artists' voices a perfect blend of aged wisdom and youthful vigor in a song that is at once celebratory and reflective -- which, come to think of it, is the neat balance Turner strikes throughout.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Josh Turner's second album is deliberately steeped in country music tradition; at one point or another, he name-checks Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, and Red Sovine; sings with John Anderson and Ralph Stanley; and borrows songs from Anderson and Don Williams. At a time when country music, as so often, was flirting with pop, Turner took a leaf from his main immediate influence, Randy Travis, and established a sort of neo-neo-traditionalist approach with his first significant hit, "Long Black Train," in 2003-2004. Although it topped out at only number 13 in Billboard's country chart, the song established Turner, whose debut album, named after the single, went platinum. There isn't anything as arresting on this collection (the title song, an ordinary love ballad, inched into the country Top 20 prior to the album's release), but it is more consistent overall. Producer Frank Rogers constructs conventional country arrangements that do not draw any special attention to themselves, which is appropriate since all they need to do is serve as background to the real attraction, Turner's resonant bass baritone. It's that voice that matters, more than the music and more than the songs, although Turner and Rogers have put together a nicely balanced selection that includes a heartfelt ballad in "Angels Fall Sometimes" (one of five songs out of 11 that Turner wrote or co-wrote); the honky tonk duet "White Noise," a surprisingly successful pairing with Anderson; the dumb-but-no-doubt-sincere "Me and God," sung with Stanley; the rollicking novelty "Loretta Lynn's Lincoln" (a video waiting to happen); and the winning revival of Williams' 1977 hit "Lord Have Mercy on a Country Boy." Turner doesn't quite have the sense of wry humor necessary to make Anderson's (or songwriter Shawn Camp's) "Baby's Gone Home to Mama" his own -- he's still a better technical singer than he is an interpreter -- but he's still young, and improving.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2006
Label:
Mca Nashville
UPC:
0602498821992
catalogNumber:
000474402
Rank:
26336

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Turner   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ralph Stanley   Vocals
Pat McLaughlin   Background Vocals
Gene Johnson   Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion,Vibes
Ron Block   Banjo
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Kevin Grantt   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Steve Hinson   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Gordon Mote   Piano,Hammond Organ,Clavinet
Marty Roe   Background Vocals
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar,6-string bass
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Dana Williams   Background Vocals
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Melodie Crittenden   Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Kim Parent   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
John Anderson   Vocals
Jim "Moose" Brown   Piano,Wurlitzer
Chris Stapleton   Background Vocals
Jeff King   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)

Technical Credits

Billy Burnette   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer
Shawn Camp   Composer
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Greg Droman   Engineer
Bob McDill   Composer
Brent Rowan   Tic Tac
John Scott Sherrill   Composer
Chuck Ainlay   Engineer
Josh Turner   Composer,Art Direction
Mark Nesler   Composer
Herb McCullough   Composer
Richard Barrow   Engineer
Frank Rogers   Producer,Audio Production
Brice Long   Composer
Christophe Dubois   Composer
Jace Everett   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer

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Your Man 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband's and my favorite CD! There are so many good songs, and we lip sink them all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Turner has the best voice I have ever heard! It gives me chills when I hear him hit those low notes. Deffinately a diamond in the rough and not appreciated fully. He shines from the inside out!
Orla More than 1 year ago
Another great CD from Josh Turner. I cannot stop listening to Would You Go With Me or Your Man. Josh is a wonderful country singer. I truly believe that his career will go far.
KMC More than 1 year ago
If you liked "Long Black Train," you'll love "Your Man." Turner's smooth baritone switches easily between the sensitive and the comedic. This album is the kind that reels in a permanent fan base . . . and reminds us what country music is supposed to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Turner has the best singing voice I have ever heard in country music. But, he needs someone to write him some good songs. The only one that is a good song on this album is YOUR MAN. The music to his songs are too twangy for the quality of his voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD here is probably the best one that I own. I love all the songs on this album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago