Freedom Feels Like Lonely - Joe Nichols, Currington, Billy
Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off - Joe Nichols, Hannan, Gary
Talk Me Out of Tampa - Joe Nichols, Beathard, Casey
That's What Love'll Get You - Joe Nichols, Chamberlain, Carson
I'll Wait for You - Joe Nichols, Allen, Harley
Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy?) - Joe Nichols, Allen, Joe 
My Old Friend the Blues - Joe Nichols, Earle, Steve 
As Country as She Gets - Joe Nichols, Collins, Jim 
Honky Tonk Girl - Joe Nichols, Dean, Steve
Just a Little More - Joe Nichols, Lowery, Donny
Though previous releases established Joe Nichols as a traditionalist of uncommon vocal subtlety and emotional depth, the featured tracks on III are comparatively lightweight. Both the album-opening "Size Matters" and the f... more »irst single, "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," attach suggestive titles to material that is more like playful hokum. The former stresses the importance of a big heart; the latter concerns a girl who gets innocently careless when she's out barroom dancing. (If Nichols isn't embarrassed to sing the lines "Them panty hose ain't gonna last too long/If the DJ puts Bon Jovi on," he should be.) Yet much of the rest of the album reinforces his stylistic strengths, with "Talk Me Out of Tampa" evoking the conversational phrasing of prime Merle Haggard, "Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)" channeling the inspiration of retro George Jones, and "I'll Wait for You" wringing every last tear from a stone cold country weeper. As Patty Loveless did on Dreamin' My Dreams, which came out a month earlier, Nichols also covers Steve Earle's "My Old Friend the Blues," which appears on its way to becoming a contemporary country standard. --Don McLeese« less
Though previous releases established Joe Nichols as a traditionalist of uncommon vocal subtlety and emotional depth, the featured tracks on III are comparatively lightweight. Both the album-opening "Size Matters" and the first single, "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," attach suggestive titles to material that is more like playful hokum. The former stresses the importance of a big heart; the latter concerns a girl who gets innocently careless when she's out barroom dancing. (If Nichols isn't embarrassed to sing the lines "Them panty hose ain't gonna last too long/If the DJ puts Bon Jovi on," he should be.) Yet much of the rest of the album reinforces his stylistic strengths, with "Talk Me Out of Tampa" evoking the conversational phrasing of prime Merle Haggard, "Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)" channeling the inspiration of retro George Jones, and "I'll Wait for You" wringing every last tear from a stone cold country weeper. As Patty Loveless did on Dreamin' My Dreams, which came out a month earlier, Nichols also covers Steve Earle's "My Old Friend the Blues," which appears on its way to becoming a contemporary country standard. --Don McLeese
Shelba A. (busylady) from ORIENTAL, NC Reviewed on 7/22/2010...
this guy is new to me...and I love his voice (not to mention his good looks)
adding all his cd's to our collection...my husband and I both enjoy his music/voice
Melissa W. from MARION, IA Reviewed on 5/16/2010...
I really am glad that I chose to swap for this CD.....turned out to be one of my new favs.
"III"'s the Charm
T. Yap | Sydney, NSW, Australia | 11/16/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Prime Cuts: Tequila Makes Her Dress Fall Off, I'll Wait for You, Size Matters
Within the narrow confines of country music's conservatism, a staccato of titles such as "Tequila Makes Her Dress Fall Off" and "Size Matters" ought to raise eyebrows. In fact, the vanguard single, the aforementioned "Tequila" has already lit up radio lines and hitherto has been Nichols' fastest accelerating chart single. Told with a wry understated humor, "Tequila," a mid-pacer, tells of a lady who has a problem with keeping her covers at the consumption of alcohol. What might sound like a throwaway novelty, in fact, is redeemed by the song's jocular, yet deftly lines, such as "them panty hose ain't gonna last too long/ If the DJ puts Bon Jovi on/She might come home in a table cloth/Yeah, tequila makes her clothes fall off." Nichols' knack for songs with interesting word twists and plays again surfaces in the album opener's "Size Matters." A mulling barnburner with an irascible sounding fiddle, "Size Matters" details the demands of Nichols' lady friend who fancies a man with a big heart.
Creatively entitled "III," Nichols' third album for Universal South Records, eschews the huckerism characterizing those Muzik Mafia acts such as Cowboy Troy and Big and Rich. Rather treading capriciously down the bucolic trails championed by country greats such as Alan Jackson and Randy Travis, producer Buddy Cannon has kept the backings minimal and rustic with plenty of fiddles, steel and acoustic guitars. Even on the upbeat "Honky Tonk Girl," Nichols never for a moment does a misstep on this Texas-styled country romp. Though he is not on the same par yet as Alan Jackson, the fiddle-laden "That's What Love'll Get You" is such a fetching Texas two-step that Alan Jackson would have love to have had in his repertoire. Marrying vintage traditional country with modern sensibility of a thoughtful love song is "Country As She Gets" which finds Nichols bragging about his nature-loving gal.
As Nichols is known for his prowess in crooning a ballad a la "The Impossible," "I'll Wait for You" ought to swoon the hearts of his ballad-loving fans. A piano-based ballad coming from the pens of Harley Allen and Bill Anderson, "I'll Wait for You" is an intense story song about an expecting mother dying at child birth while waiting for her hubby to come home. Be prepared for some tear-inducing moments as Nichols tells this tale with such an affecting élan. It is songs like these that truly make country music such tour de force. Sharing the same theme of departure is "Talk Me Out of Tampa," though couched within a rustic backings, it's nothing as earth shattering as "I'll Wait for You." Steve Earle's moody "My old Friend the Blues" is given a reprise. Since Patty Loveless has also covered this same tune on her latest CD, comparisons are sure to abound. Unlike Loveless, though Nichols offers a pristine read, he somehow fails to capture the lonesomeness of this song's twists in its melody and word choices.
Amongst the numerous CDs coming out from country's male artists, what sets "III" aside are the songs. Kudos are in order to Nichols for stepping outside Music Row's conveyer belt for not being afraid of choosing songs like "I'll Wait for You," "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" and "Size Matters." Of all of Nichols' CDs so far, "III" expresses individuality, personality and verve. And as they say three's the charm, "III" indeed is Nichols' charm."
Nichols hits his stride with III
Bob McGrath | Sacramento, CA | 11/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Joe Nichols does it all on III, from heartbreaking ballad to up-tempo (read: radio-friendly) novelty songs to pure honky tonkin' goodness. And he has improved his game across the board. The ballads here - "I'll Wait for You," "Just a Little More," "My Old Friend the Blues," "Talk Me Out of Tampa" - are stronger than earlier Nichols ballads like "That Would Be Her," "Can't Hold a Halo to You," and "Things Like That (These Days)." Novelty songs like "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" and "Size Matters (Someday)" are less self-consciously clever than earlier Nichols songs like "Cool to be a Fool" and "Everything's a Thing."
Nichols has always been a great singer, and it's hard to imagine him putting out a bad record. Still, while "Man With a Memory" was an impressive debut and "Revelation" was a fine collection, his sound seemed rooted in contemporary country. Sure, there were occasional nods to traditional country - a Gene Watson cover here (Farewell Party), a Merle Haggard / Iris Dement cover there (No Time to Cry), but filled with quite a bit of enjoyable fluff for radio airplay.
In comparison, III seems to be rooted in traditional country. Nichols' voice works its magic in ways that call to mind George Jones, Merle Haggard, early George Strait, Keith Whitley, Vern Gosdin, Daryle Singletary, and a bunch of other torchbearers for classic country. But it's not imitation; it's uniquely Joe, classic country with a modern bent delivered by one of the best young voices in the business.
He's getting better and better. I'll be first in line for IV."
Impressive; 3 ½ Stars
Musac Critic | 01/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'll be the very first to say that I'm NOT an avid country fan. I don't dislike country music in the least, but it isn't the genre of music that I run to the record store to buy the newest attraction. For me, I have an acquired taste when it comes to purchasing country CDs; I have select favorites. Recently, I've been trying to explore the music more because being a musician, I feel it is important to be well-rounded in as many genres as you can be. Personally, country has a few artists that draw my attention and even in some instances strike my fancy: Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson, Carrie Underwood (impressive enough new artist), The Dixie Chicks, Johnny Cash, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, and now Joe Nichols joins the batch. Even with that said, a few standout singles impress me from time to time, particulary Billy Currington's catchy "Must Be Doing Something Right" or Johnny Cash's posthumously released single/video for "God's Gonna Cut You Down". Getting back to the person being reviewed, Joe may not be the most popular nor the most lauded country singer, but I think Joe has a lot of promise in the industry; his baritone vocals certainly resonate with me and he is good for a couple of strong country singles. His baritone is quite reminiscent (to me at least)of Alan Jackson. However, III isn't an Alan Jackson album in the least-- it is a Joe Nichols album.
The album starts out rambunctiously with the infectious, playful "Size Matters", which starts out with a country, twang sound, heightened via fiddles in the background. Sure, it has your typical country sound, but it is a strong, catchy track. The chorus resonates very well: "with a big ol' heart/ who can love her like nobody can/ big ol' kisses that go on and on and never end/ with a big ol' small that'll fill the world with laughter/ size matters/ size matters". You can't help but sing "Size Matters" to yourself, which is what makes it such a strong track. "Freedom Feels Like Lonely" is another strong track, though not as strong as single "Size Matters". The chord progression and song writing here are very tight and the production suits Nichol's baritone vocals perfectly. It is in the pocket, even if it doesn't quite live up to the greatness and the fun qualities of "Size Matters". It is a good, "it is, what it is number."
"Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" is the number that drove many buyers to Nichols's new album. It is definitely fun and sort of "raw" in a tasteful way. Most amazing may be Nichols's reference to "patron" in a country song! You'd expect to hear references to patron in a hip-hop/rap number, but a country track? That's innovation right there! One trend within III is that the best tracks tend to be the ones that are a bit riskier such as "Size Matters" and of course the rediculous, but credible "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off".
"Talk Me Out Of Tampa" is another strong track, though it is more low key compared to the risky "Size Matters" or "Tequila". It does however return Nichols to a tamer country sound with some pop sensibilites, well at least till the chorus exhibits all of Nichol's country chops. "That's What Love'll Get You" is a faster track, needed after the good, but slow "Talk Me Out Of Tampa". It isn't anything truly new or anything that we haven't heard from country singers in the past, but it is your typical country performance and it is above average.
What attracted me to III was a quick skip past Country Music Television's Top 20 Video Countdown. There I saw the excellent, yet underrated "I'll Wait For You". For me, "I'll Wait For You" is perhaps the most touching ballad I've heard for a while, country, pop, rock, reggae, or whatever it be. Nichols sounds fantastic here and the song makes you just want to burst into tears. I took the risk of buying the whole album because I loved "I'll Wait For You". Honestly, I wasn't the least bit disappointed either. "Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)" is another straightfoward country number that doesn't wow me, but it is very catchy. The chorus is another that I enjoy to sing to myself and the vocal harmonies are very lovely. The production work is very strong as well and is simple enough that it truly highlights Nichol's deep baritone.
"My Old Friend The Blues" is another slow number, which starts out without drums and eventually adds them in. It is predictable, but Joe again sounds at his very best and he doesn't oversing the song. It is a number like this where you hear the "Alan Jackson" comparisons. The simplicity is what makes this number. "As Country as She Gets" is more rhythmic, but it is "Honky Tonk Girl" that revives the album for anybody who had doubts after the past few tracks preceeding it. Again, Nichols proves that his strongest material is he "riskier" numbers. "Just A Little More" ends the album with a very slow rhythmic feel. Again, the production is very simple with only traces of instruments adding to the feel occasionally. Nichol's subtle vocals again drive this number and it proves to pay off, even if it is predictable. It is a nice way to end a brief, but overall very strong album.
III is strong enough for me, but I do wish that it was a bit longer. I think that shorter albums are more consistent because there is less room for error (or filler), but 37 minutes maybe cutting it a bit too close. 45 minutes is more acceptable in my eyes. The positive thing is that III does feel complete enough and the extra 8-10 minutes may have hindered it as opposed to helped it. Sure, III isn't perfect, nor is it the best country album I've heard, but it is very good and it is a shame that just 500,000 country fans purchased it. But, Nichols I think has a promising future and if he keeps getting better and better he will hopefully one day get the recognition he deserves. 3 ½ Stars."