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Genres: Country, Pop
New artists dream about the kind of results Josh Turner achieved with his 2003 debut, Long Black Train. Spurred by its haunting, gospel-inflected title track, the album sold a million copies and brought Turner a pair of no... more »
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New artists dream about the kind of results Josh Turner achieved with his 2003 debut, Long Black Train. Spurred by its haunting, gospel-inflected title track, the album sold a million copies and brought Turner a pair of nominations from the influential Country Music Association, plus a Top New Artist nomination from the Academy of Country Music. That debut, however, was merely a prelude. Turner's sophomore project, Your Man, demonstrates an increased maturity, a better-honed sense of his strengths, and a more specific portrait of the singer as both an artist and a man. "I've really learned a lot," Turner reflects. "We were listening to my first record the other day, and I couldn't believe how much my voice has matured and grown from that time." The album covers a range of emotions--from romantic devotion to spiritual intimacy to ethereal silliness--while paying overt allegiance to many of the musical figures who inspired him. Two of his biggest influences, honky-tonker John Anderson and bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley, make guest appearances; a Don Williams hit, "Lord Have Mercy on a Country Boy," gets reworked; and the Coal Miner's Daughter is even referenced in the title of the inexplicably weird "Loretta Lynn's Lincoln." If that weren't enough, Turner pays tribute to Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, and even trucker-ballad specialist Red Sovine. In fact, the last notes Turner sings on the album are an unintentional tribute to a country-gospel master, as the singer recaptures the way on down line from the late J.D. Sumners performance on an Elvis Presley hit.Born and raised in Hannah, South Carolina, Turner got his first exposure to music at the Union Baptist Church. But his introduction to country music came through his father's mom, who acquainted him with Southern gospel quartets; country stars Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubb; and bluegrass legends the Osborne Brothers and the Stanley Brothers."Ralph Stanley has such a unique voice, and he's really carved a niche for himself," Turner says. "He's kept mountain music and bluegrass music alive, and introduced a lot of new fans to that kind of music, and I was one of those people from a very early age."After his initial success, Turner was empowered on the second album. He explores more emotional avenues and utilizes the lower end of his identifiable bass/baritone range more frequently. Though it sets him apart from his contemporaries, he's careful not to turn his signature into a novelty. Instead, he's picked material in which his basement tones are a natural enhancement to the messages hes conveying. Still, Turner's voice is ultimately an instrument that communicates the deeper influences in his world. His wife, his musical heritage, and his deeper understanding of his art all make their presence felt through inspiration or expression on Your Man, an uncommonly seamless sophomore effort. It's clear that calling his award-winning first album a debut was right on the mark: It was merely an introduction to an inspired and evolving artist.
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Jo V. (Jo) from BOISE, ID
Reviewed on 7/16/2007...
I have listened to this CD over and over. Josh's rich baritone make my toes curl. I listen to this at least every other day. His voice is made for love songs.
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Want some real country music? Trust Josh Turner to deliver!
DanD | 01/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'll be honest here--I thought Josh Turner would be a one-hit wonder. Not that he isn't good--he has one of the best voices gracing radio today, and is a heck of a songwriter, to boot. No, I thought radio would overlook his traditional sound. Fortunately, I was wrong. "Long Black Train" was indeed the only major hit from his first record, but the title track to this album has proven to be a smash, as well, proving that radio is ready to accept an incredible singer with a penchant for the traditional.
YOUR MAN tops LONG BLACK TRAIN easily, most noteably because it includes more of Turner's own songwriting. He sounds more confident as he swings into the opening stompers, then shifts into the Conway Twitty-esque "No Rush." From there, it's a deluge of country music--heart-melters, odes to country music, and even another gospel number, performed with Ralph Stanley and Marty Roe, Dana Williams, and Gene Johnson from Diamond Rio. There's not a song on here that doesn't qualify as traditional (yet potential radio-hit) country. Check out the twang on "White Noise" with John Anderson, or the banjo boogie that ends out the album. Josh Turner may not be at the top of his form on YOUR MAN (it's only his second album, how can we tell?), but he is certainly doing fine. Get this one, if you are a fan of country music. And if you're not a fan of country music (what are you doing here?), get this and become a convert. No sophomore blues for Josh Turner, only a promising career as one of the best country crooners of all time."
Enjoyable, highly listenable CD
Nelson Aspen | Los Angeles & NYC, USA | 08/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"More than just appealing to country fans, this great collection from Josh Turner has something for almost all music fans. His deep, warm voice is reminiscent of Johnny Cash but certainly possesses a style and quality all his own. A variety of tracks will keep you interested in playing this in heavy rotation on your CD player or ipod.
It should be noted that not only does Turner have a great vocal instrument, his song styling and earnest lyrics elevate these songs beyond traditional country fare."