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Album Review

Now this is a switch — or at least appears to be. In 2007 contemporary country singer Daryle Singletary returned to recording with the fine Straight from the Heart, a collection of classic honky tonk songs and barroom weepers. They came from the likes of Hank Cochran, Harlan Howard, George Jones, and others, and though the production leaned on the modern side, the music was classic country. That said, imagine the surprise at the opening title track, which not only features an appearance by Charlie Daniels, but rocks harder than anything he's ever cut and fits the cookie-cutter mold of big guitar contemporary country seamlessly. It's such an obvious attempt at a hit single that it's almost pitiable. Thankfully, the rest of this set doesn't follow suit, and Singletary goes back to what he does best: singing more traditionally oriented material with contemporary lyrics and production. Singletary's baritone is so rich and so expressive and soulful that he could sing the obituaries out of the newspaper, so, while his desire for chart success is understandable, his producers Greg Cole and Chuck Rhodes only give so much. They get the sheen that makes so much contemporary country music sound like the equivalent of 1970s polyester, but they keep the arrangements close and honest and most of the material inside the realm of Singletary's great emotional strength as a vocalist. Other cuts on this set that are more notable include "Love You with the Lights On"; "How Can I Believe in You (When You'll Be Leaving Me)"; "If I Ever Get Her Back"; his own "She's a Woman," a beautiful ballad with a gentle bossa groove (!!!); and the stellar "She Sure Looks Good in Black." There are other potential singles here for Singletary in his reading of Jimmy Wayne's "Going Through Hell (With You Again)," with its bluesy groove and high lonesome banjo introducing the electric guitars, and "They Know How to Grow Em," which continues the faux Southern rock reprise of the title cut.

Customer Reviews

Rockin in the country

Great country music! Absolutely nailed "Thats why god Made Me"
and "Background Noise". Any "true" country fan will appreciate Daryle's style.

Biography

Born: March 10, 1971 in Cairo, GA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Neo-traditionalist singer Daryle Singletary was among the brightest new stars to arrive on the contemporary country scene of the mid-'90s, winning fans with his simple, honest songcraft and distinctively gravelly vocals. Born and raised in Cairo, GA, he grew up singing gospel alongside his cousins and brother, and while attending high school enrolled in a variety of vocal classes; after graduation, he worked at a tractor dealership before relocating to Nashville to pursue a career in music. In Music...
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