Tim McGraw, "Southern Voice"

78 Billboard Rating

Tim McGraw is one introspective SOB, or so it seems on his latest album, "Southern Voice." He doesn't reveal any new sides to his personality on the mostly down-tempo set, but he does prove that when it rains, it pours. On the song "If I Died Today," the singer wonders who would or wouldn't miss him after death, while "I Didn't Know It at the Time" ponders the knowledge that life brings. "You Had to Be There" is a reflection of living without a father and "Love You Goodbye" is more of the same. Standout tracks include "Ghost Town Train," which echoes the work of Glen Campbell, and "Good Girls," a dark tale of cheating with an unexpected twist. On "I'm Only Jesus," McGraw offers an interesting take on personal responsibility while singing from the perspective of Jesus Christ. "Southern Voices" is done well overall, but listeners may want to keep close a copy of McGraw's upbeat hit "I Like It, I Love It" to lighten the mood. --Ken Tucker