I have never been a big Tim McGraw fan. He has a few songs I like but for the most part I was just indifferent to his music. I didn’t dislike him but he was just one more pop country singer.
It was by chance I saw the headline “Southern Gothic” associated with his new CD Southern Voice, and I decided I would give it a shot. Wow, am I glad I did. Southern Voice is darker than most country pop but that isn’t a bad thing. The lyrics transcend space and time and combine the stories of some old country with the hooks of some new country. The result is a CD, Southern Voice, that doesn’t have a single song on it that makes you want to hit the fast forward.
Southern Voice doesn’t break any new ground when it comes to topics but it does a great job of visiting the ones you come to expect from a country CD. I also think Tim was able to express some of his own pain in “You Had to be There” and “Love You Goodbye”. Both are songs that deal with the pain associated with a broken father and son relationship.
“Southern Voice” and “It’s a Business Doing Pleasure With You” are the two upbeat fun songs but the real power of Southern Voice lies in the darker “Good Girls”, “Mr. Whoever You Are”, and “Love You Goodbye”. They are the ones that might just bring a tear to your eye.
I can’t wait to hear how Tim’s regular fans accept Southern Voice. I do know, I am glad I gave it a shot.