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Bobby Pinson

  • Man Like Him [RCA, 2005]
  • Songs for Somebody [Cash Daddy, 2007] A-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Man Like Him [RCA, 2005]
See: Men Like Them.

Songs for Somebody [Cash Daddy, 2007]
No need to worry about Pinson, who's such a good writer he's got dibs on hits by Tony Keith and Sugarland--only he's such a good writer you'll worry anyway. Like for instance, how come nobody ever heard of this 2007 album he released on his lonesome after RCA ditched him? Could be the booze, right? "Back in My Drinkin' Days" could be a bluff, or maybe after a few months of "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" he picked up the glass again "Just to Prove I Could." But let's assume these are songs merely, no autobiography intended. Let's assume he's real good at getting inside that "Right to Be Wrong" mindset, and stretches out into a few heartwarmers like "This Close to Heaven" and the Iraq enlistee's "If I Don't Make It Back" for good measure. That makes the rawking song "Past Comin' Back" the only dumb thing on the record. The guy works in Nashville. Worry. A-

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