Rolling Stone - p.783 stars out of 5
-- "[H]e mostly hews to his strengths, singing sad, earnest songs and letting the effort show -- a superstar who's still a striver."
Entertainment Weekly - p.58
"McGraw clearly knows his country touchstones, spinning vivid tales from both the Good Book and jailbird dads." -- Grade: B
Billboard (p.32) - "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."
Personnel: Tim McGraw (background vocals); B. James Lowry, Bob Minner (acoustic guitar); Denny Hemingson (electric guitar, steel guitar); Jerry McPherson, Tom Bukovac, Darran Smith, Byron Gallimore (electric guitar); Dan Dugmore (steel guitar); Dean Brown (mandolin, fiddle); Brett Warren (harmonica); Jimmy Nichols, Jeff McMahon (piano, Wurlitzer organ, synthesizer); Billy Mason, Shannon Forrest (drums); David Dunkley (congas, percussion); Greg Barnhill, Russell Terrell (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Tim McGraw; Byron Gallimore.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; NRG Recording Studios, North Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Danny Clinch.
Based on title alone, it would seem that SOUTHERN VOICE picks up on the harder country edges of LET IT GO, but that's not the case: this is Tim McGraw's rockiest album yet, opening with a slow, spacy crawl called "Still" that would not be out of place on a record by a U2 knockoff and taking the occasional detour to Nickelback territory on the Chad Kroeger co-written "It's a Business Doing Pleasure with You." That tune bristles with Kroeger's barely veiled, unwitting hostility, something that the big-hearted McGraw doesn't wear well and it's something he wisely side-steps on the rest of the record, choosing to mine a sentimental, meditative vein, musing on major changes in his life and wondering what will happen after he's gone. Such big themes fit both the big, atmospheric rock sounds and the reflective acoustic ballads well, creating an inward vibe that is occasionally punctuated by a rocker, like the laundry list of great Southern names on the title track.