JOSH TURNER > Everything is Fine

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Oh, the voice. Turner returns on Everything is Fine with the same deep-down drawl that had the girls a swoonin’ over Your Man back in 2006. Yup, he’s still got the vocal equivalent of an easy swagger, and he still knows how to use it. But Everything is best when Turner drops the good-ol’-boy bit and admits “fine” isn’t the only way things can go.

Label: MCA Nashville
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Oh, the voice. Turner returns on Everything is Fine with the same deep-down drawl that had the girls a swoonin’ over Your Man back in 2006. Yup, he’s still got the vocal equivalent of an easy swagger, and he still knows how to use it. But Everything is best when Turner drops the good-ol’-boy bit and admits “fine” isn’t the only way things can go. Coincidentally, it’s “Nowhere Fast” that provides a much more convincing portrayal of Turner’s talent than the syrupy rhymes on the album’s title track. Other standouts include “Another Try”-a satisfyingly painful account of all the what-ifs and what-should-have-beens that only love in retrospect can offer. “Firecracker” and “So Not My Baby” don’t offer as much in terms of lyrical depth, but they’re catchy enough to make up for it.

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