From the Heart

Gene Watson is perhaps one of country's most under-appreciated vocalists, and on From the Heart he serves up a big ol' slice of country pie, conveyed via a gravity-defying tenor and top-notch musician

Gene Watson is perhaps one of country's most under-appreciated vocalists, and on From the Heart he serves up a big ol' slice of country pie, conveyed via a gravity-defying tenor and top-notch musicianship. For starters, the soaring Leslie Satcher/Max T. Barnes cut "When You're Not Looking Back" is solid gold, as loving and sweet a country ballad as he's laid down. "Next to Nothing" is all barebones self-pity, "The Man an' Me and You" is a portrait in blue-collar satisfaction, and "This Circus That You Call a Rodeo" is just plain cool. People in New York City probably won't grasp the deeper meaning of "No Trash in My Trailer"—which in this case is a good thing. "Would It Be Cheatin' " is a killer ballad, and Watson's take on "I Never Go Around Mirrors" is perfection.—RW