Williams had been making the same rowdy records over and over again for so long that the aptly-titled, ballad-oriented Out of Left Field amounts to a small revelation. Not only does Williams turn down the guitars here, he turns down the Southern rebel persona as well; the songs are reflective and fairly sensitive, mournful ballads invested with real emotion. Out of Left Field doesn't completely toss out the rockers, but its the quiet, melancholy hues which make this Williams' best effort in quite some time.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny