Review: Tim McGraw

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<strong>Rating: </strong>3/5

You may be surprised to learn that the economic crisis has taken its toll on Tim McGraw, who as recently as 2007 could be found on Forbes' list of the ten top earners in music. "If I died today, who'd turn off my coffeepot?" McGraw wonders on his new album, revealing the sad, servantless truth about the sprawling Nashville estate he shares with his wife, Faith Hill, and their three daughters. Country superstars—they make breakfast just like us!

Southern Voice is full of everyguy sentiment: In "It's a Business Doing Pleasure with You," McGraw bitches about shopping with his lady, while "You Had to Be There" finds him playing a troubled teen dressing down his deadbeat dad. In "Mr. Whoever You Are," the album's tenderest ballad, he even pours one out for the everygal, singing with uncommon empathy about a small-town factory girl looking for love in all the wrong places. Far-fetched? Perhaps. But thanks to his uniformly handsome singing, McGraw gives his material the glimmer of credibility.


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