Chris Cagle's follow-up to the 2000 set Play It Loud offers up a more confident, seasoned version of the party outlaw that first caught country listeners' ears and expands on that image to include mor

Chris Cagle's follow-up to the 2000 set Play It Loud offers up a more confident, seasoned version of the party outlaw that first caught country listeners' ears and expands on that image to include more mature, melodic fare. That's not to Cagle's detriment, as evidenced by the catchy "What a Beautiful Day," the edgy "I Love It When She Does That," and power ballad "Look What I Found." That said, Cagle can still deliver an endearing no-brainer: "Chicks Dig It" is a good-natured rocker that is better than it deserves to be, and "Night on the Country" is redneck cool with major summertime potential. Also effective are a brace of mighty fine midtempos ("It Takes Two" and "Growin' Love"). Still, production is at its best when it bares musical teeth, as on the vigorously roiling "Everything," and Cagle shows nice progression as a songwriter here, having a hand in nine of 11 tracks.—RW

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