Haywire by Josh Turner

With his fourth album, Josh Turner has his winning formula down: Start with a few up-tempo romantic songs a la Randy Travis (“Haywire,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance”), mix well with some sultry, soulful songs (the Barry White-esque “I Wouldn’t Be a Man” and “Loving You on My Mind”), add a novelty tune (“Eye Candy”) and round out the collection with a gospel ode (“The Answer”).

This new set of songs complements Josh’s booming, polished bass voice better than those on albums past. He sounds comfortable and confident on the fun-loving “Friday Paycheck” and “All Over Me.”

The disappointment is that he takes few new risks here. (His previous album, Everything Is Fine, featured unexpected duets with Trisha Yearwood and Anthony Hamilton.) A sentimental tribute to his son, “I’ll Be There,” stands out as the only stretch here.

Still, for fans who like conservative songs about family, love and God, Haywire just might be the answer.


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