Producer James Stroud is known as a savvy judge of commercial talent, and he brings those skills to bear on Rick Ferrell's debut.

Producer James Stroud is known as a savvy judge of commercial talent, and he brings those skills to bear on Rick Ferrell's debut. Ferrell had a hand in writing all 12 cuts, and he's a vocalist of considerable range. Style-wise, he's not likely to offend anyone, save country purists. "Someday She'll Start Missing Me," "Just Do It," and the title cut are smooth, snooze-inducing ballads, and such peppy uptempos as "You Don't Stand Alone," "The Girl's Got It Goin' On," and "See the World With You" are pure country pop in the time-honored country tradition of Rascal Flatts. Ferrell's at his best on the more musically and lyrically edgy fare, such as the soaring "I Still Want You Back," the acoustic-based "Lucky Man," and the narrative "Blazin' a Trail." Given what country radio is leaning toward these days, Ferrell's Different Point of View includes a good half-dozen tracks that have a solid chance of airplay success.—RW