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Turner asks a woman to share life's challenges with him on the musical marriage proposal "Would You Go With Me." "No Rush" is a somnolent call to slow down and enjoy romance amid a fast-paced world. Fond recollections of simple country roots appear on "Way Down South" and "Lord Have Mercy on a Country Boy." The latter eulogizes his old hunting and fishing spots ("They dammed the stream ... Now the whole meadow is a parking lot"). "Me and God" testifies to a personal relationship with the Lord ("He's my father, He's my friend/The beginning and the end/He rules the world with the staff and rod/We're a team, me and God"). Turner lavishes praise on his "angelic" wife, but ...
"Angels Fall Sometimes" presumes that people can become angels or vice versa. In addition to the celebration of honky-tonk life on "White Noise," racial plays on words could be considered offensive. In an aside, a jilted guy regrets having not consulted Nostradamus ("Baby's Gone Home to Mama").
With rich, deep vocals only Randy Travis could duplicate, Turner sings about love, simple life and a bond with God. A few flaws, but mostly rock solid.
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This follow-up to Long Black Train was a Top-3 pop and country debut.
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