Chris Willman
June 06, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

Man Like Me

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Bobby Pinson
Producers
RCA Nashville
genre
Country
We gave it an A-

With his raggedy hat and stringy bangs, Bobby Pinson looks like a blond Li’l Abner; with his equally raggedy voice, he sounds like Steve Earle after a night of pre-rehab carousing on Man Like Me. But the real alchemy is in how he redeems contemporary country’s penchant for ”life lesson” songs with a Springsteen-informed command of detail. If Cowboy Troy has the most fun debut of the year, Pinson’s powerful bow positions him as the mainstream newcomer best equipped to bring the singer-songwriter tradition back to the land of twang.

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