Neal McCoy

Be Good At It

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The first album to follow a Greatest Hits collection usually provides an artist the opportunity to break free from his formulas and pursue a new path. It can also mean nothing, the artist just continuing to turn out the kind of music that supplied hits in the first place. That's what Neal McCoy chooses to do with Be Good At It, a perfectly fine collection of smoothed-over honky tonk and slick contemporary country ballads. McCoy has considerable charm -- he's so engaging that he can effortlessly sell the weaker material here -- and that's what makes the unadventurous nature of Be Good At It forgivable. Simply put, McCoy may have the potential to achieve more than this kind of contemporary country, but he's very good at this kind of music and it's still entertaining to hear him at the top of his form.

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