Originally created 02/05/06

Josh Turner CD stands out from country scene



Two years ago, baritone-voiced Josh Turner created a stir by selling a million copies of his "Long Black Train" debut on the strength of a title song with an explicit Christian message unusual even for country music.

He's taken awhile to follow-up, but the title cut of "Your Man" is Turner's second country Top 10 hit, and it too breaks precedent by presenting a classy come-on that directly addresses sex between a married couple - another unusual topic for the country charts.

The romantic theme is perfect for Turner's distinctive vocals, which marry Barry White's tonal richness with Don Williams' relaxed rhythms. It's not the album's only carnal tune, either: On "No Rush," the newly married Turner speaks of taking his sweet-loving time with his partner.

Besides his one-of-a-kind voice, Turner's strength is avoiding the lyrical and musical cliches that sometims gives commercial country music a cookie-cutter sameness. Turner proves you can make a stand by taking chances, as he does throughout "Your Man," especially on the hilarious celebrity-hound send-up, "Loretta Lynn's Lincoln," and the affirmation of faith on "Me and God" (the latter a duet with bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley).