Joe Nichols made a huge splash when his first single, “The Impossible,” shot up
the charts and made everyone stand up and take notice. His has been a long and
winding road on the way to stardom, and Revelation will continue him
along the path.
Revelation is his second project and continues where he left off on his
first one. This CD is full of simply good, solid country music. Joe sounds
eerily like George Strait once in a while, and shares George’s talent of making
you believe every word he sings.
The first track, “Shade,” is a honky-tonk song. It’s the kind of song you expect
to hear when the change drops in a country jukebox. He reflects on his chosen
profession in “Singer in a Band,” recognizing that while he gets a lot, he also
gives up a lot. “Don’t Ruin it for the Rest of Us” reminds me of the Ace in the
Hole band, with a nice Texas flavor.
One of the strengths of Nichols’ is his ability to tell a story in his songs. “I
Wish That Wasn’t All,” “If I Ever Get Her Bac,” and “If Nobody Believed in You”
all take you on that ride, making you feel these guys’ stories, their emotions.
Then it’s back to the honky-tonk on “Farewell Party” and to war stories in
There is nothing really up-tempo on this album, but it is solidly country at a
time when it seems to be fashionable to record cross-over songs. Joe Nichols had
six years between the time he signed a recording contract and actually had his
first hit. Judging by what I have heard on his first two albums, he didn’t waste
the time. Revelation is packed with well written music and good musical
performances, and it’s very well produced. As long as there are artists like Joe
Nichols, country music will never lose its roots.