Rodney Redman

Rodney Redman

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There's nothing actually wrong with Rodney Redman's self-titled solo debut. The Arkansas-based singer has a pleasant voice with an agreeable burr that keeps him from sounding too much like George Strait or Garth Brooks, and he delivers the 11 songs here (he co-wrote only one, the negligible "I'm Ready To Know Who You Are") with a low-key charm. The problem is that these songs, mostly the creations of Music Row hacks, tend to be utterly forgettable rehashes of recent successes. As a result, the mopin' song "Hangovers and Heartaches" sounds a lot like Alan Jackson, and the drinkin' song "Grain of Salt" sounds a lot like Toby Keith; but only on a few tracks, like the poppy "Two Ways To Fall," does Redman show much of a definable personality of his own. With better songwriting offers and a production style that's a little less anonymous and glossy, Rodney Redman could be a contender, but his debut album is just too derivative to be much fun.

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