Kevin Denney may well be the best of a promising crop of male vocalists from the class of '02.

Kevin Denney may well be the best of a promising crop of male vocalists from the class of '02. He owns a sincere, lights-out baritone with plenty of vocal tricks, and he's a more-than-capable songwriter. "It Don't Matter" portrays loneliness worthy of Vern Gosdin, and the good-timing "Takin' Off the Edge" works like a tonic. Denney ups the tempo with such barroom shuffles as "Correct Me If I'm Right" and Leslie Satcher's "Cadillac Tears," then gears down on lovesick ballads ("That's Just Jesse," "It'll Go Away"). The robust "My Kind of Song" and Haggard-like "That's What I Believe" make strong points, and "Daddy Was a Navy Man" is understated elegance. What we have here is a darn good country singer. What a concept for country music.—RW