On his second album, Ken Mellons constructs a balanced mix of tear-jerking ballads, honky tonk rockers, and plaintive, straightforward traditional country. Mellons performs the songs convincingly, but he is occasionally hurt by a lack of quality songwriting, as evidenced by the single "Rub-A-Dubbin." Although he might not be powerful enough as a vocalist to pull off lightweight material, he can deliver good songs forcefully, which is what makes the majority of Where Forever Begins an entertaining listen.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine