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John Berry

Faces – 1996 (Capitol)

Reviewed by Brian Wahlert

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With nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year from the three biggest organizations in country music, John Berry is on the verge of superstardom, and this album can only further his reputation.

He uses his soulful voice to gorgeous effect on the 10 songs here, particularly ballads like thelonging first single, "Change My Mind," and the nostalgic, aching "Forty Again." The best song, however, is the grandiose love song "Faithfully," which will soon be heard at weddings across the country. Although not as well known for his uptempo songs, Berry turns in great performances on "Timeto Be a Man," a song extolling fidelity that the singer co-wrote, and especially "He Doesn't Even Know Her," where he sings his heart out in anger at the main character's nonchalant attitude toward his wife. And then right in the middle of the album is "Livin' on Love," a bluegrass / blues combo featuring dobro, fiddle and Delbert McClinton. Strange? Yes, but all the same, very cool.

One of the most powerful voices in country music has put together another great album.