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"Tonight Matthew I'm Going To Be ..... "
on 18 June 2012
Rather like the new Alan Jackson album from earlier in the month, there's nothing new here - it's pretty much Josh Turner by numbers. And that can only ever be a good thing! If you've bought one of Turner's previous albums and enjoyed it, I think you'll enjoy this one too!
It's an enjoyable album, giving us the usual mix of funky (and sometimes funny) tracks and slower, more thoughtful, gravel voiced tracks. Interestingly, the tracks that appeal to me most from the first couple of lsitens are those where he sounds less like himself, hence the odd title to this review. My favourite track on the album is "Cold Shoulder", a wonderfully traditional sounding song with superb fiddle and steel guitar that wouldn't have sounded out of place on a George Jones album in the 60s. Then there's "Pallbearer", a sombre but captivating song featuring Marty Stuart on mandolin - a song which you can just hear Marty doing himself. And this track is made all the more wonderful from the addition of superb, haunting backing vocals from Iris DeMent. Finally, listen to the gospel song "For the Love Of God" featuring Ricky Skaggs on mandolin and backing vocals. Again, a song that would sound perfectly in place on one of Ricky's own album.
The album overall is an uptempo affair and lots of fun. I found "Find Me a Baby" slightly too twee, especially when he's joined on the chorus by his children, but it's only three and a half minutes so I can live with it.
The deluxe version (is there a 'standard' version available in the UK?) comes with 5 live songs. I can't see anything on the booklet to explain where they were recorded but they're very flat live recordings and, for me, add nothing to the originals. Interesting to note that live versions of two of them ("Your Man" and "Long Black Train") also appeared on the deluxe version of his previous album .....
All in all, a great album.