CD REVIEW: Woody Bradshaw - Lightning In A Bottle
By Rick Marchetti - 06/10/2007 - 09:54 PM EDT
Artist: Woody Bradshaw
Album: Lightning In A Bottle
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 9.5/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: White Cotton Dress, Our Song, That Was Me, I Need to Remember This
Sometimes you hear a song -or songs- and you'd swear you've heard them before or, at least, should know who the artist is. Such is the case with Woody Bradshaw's CD, "Lightning in a Bottle". It's a comfortable ride through the "Nashville Sound". This CD is a great example of how good contemporary country music can be. With a powerful voice, he wrings the emotion out of every well-chosen track and truly makes you feel what each song is about. In my favorite tune, "That Was Me", you feel the longing and pain that he feels without it being overdone; a lot of singers can't pull that off. Every song here is believable. I think the songs selected for this disc, in addition to being great songs, are terrific vehicles for Woody's vocal talents; nothing seems forced, no matter who the writer or writers are. And since he wrote or co-wrote 8 of the 12 tracks, you know that he's not only a great singer, but a talented writer as well.
It's long been a mystery to me how some people make it in the music business and some don't. Woody Bradshaw should have a MAJOR record deal; this guy is a huge talent. That being said, my only criticism of this extremely enjoyable disc would be that he doesn't cover any new ground. And, believe you me, this is mild criticism. Maybe the writing could take a few more chances, but, truth be told, these are all great songs - just, as I said above, "comfortable" in their familiarity.
Anyone who's a fan of Rhett Akins, Mark Chestnutt, Rascal Flatts, et al, will love this CD. Not that Woody sounds like them necessarily, but because these are songs that could have easily turned up on any of their albums.
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