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Old Things New

Joe Nichols 10/27/2009


Turning old things into something new is a key part of the job description of a country singer like Joe Nichols, and he does a slick job of it on Old Things New, his fifth major-label album. Nichols has a fondness for all things classic country -- songs both sad and funny about drinking, songs about love won and lost, songs about small-town girls and hometowns, all fueled by sawing fiddles, steel guitars, and twanging Telecasters. There's a big difference between a traditionalist and someone who follows tradition, and Nichols belongs in the latter camp, less concerned with the past than the present, admitting that booze is cheaper than a shrink, happily sliding into power ballad mode on the slower songs. Those rock influences -- not just on bombastic ballads, but on the sweet, swaying soft rock of "Man, Woman" -- are more prominent here than before, but the music is always grounded in Nichols' warm, supple voice, the thing that keeps Old Things New in a country tradition even when the production strays off course. [This version features the bonus tracks "Let Get Drunk and Fight" and "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off."] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Gimmie That Girl Joe Nichols 3:2
  3. 2 It's Me I'm Worried About Joe Nichols 3:7
  4. 3 Old Things New Joe Nichols 3:49
  5. 4 Man, Woman Joe Nichols 3:29
  6. 5 Believers Joe Nichols 3:3
  7. 6 Cheaper Than a Shrink Joe Nichols 3:4
  8. 7 The Shape I'm In Joe Nichols 3:6
  9. 8 This Bed's Too Big Joe Nichols 3:35
  10. 9 We All Go Home Joe Nichols 3:35
  11. 10 An Old Friend of Mine Joe Nichols 3:27
  12. 11 Let's Get Drunk and Fight Joe Nichols 4:10
  13. 12 Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off [Fat Shan Remix] Joe Nichols 3:4

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