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Joe Nichols

Intersound – 1996 (MISSING)

Reviewed by Larry Stephens

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Joe Nichols has the talent to be a star in today's country market. His biggest problem will be finding that special song that carves its own niche in listeners' minds, for he doesn't have the kind of voice that is instantly identifiable, like a Parnell or Kershaw.

But, he's good and he has a strong supporting cast behind him on this new release. His first single, "Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other," is strong on the radio and in videos, but two other tracks, "Independent Girl" and "Wal-Mart Parking Lot" could be singles, too. "Wal-Mart" is easily the song with the most fun with its description of small-town summer life.

Among ballads, he has two good ones in "Leave The Past Behind" and "Old Cheyenne," whichcould well be a another hit and is the most moving song.

Still in his teens, Nichols should be a force to be reckoned with if he continues to make good choices of material with his next album.