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Nashville City Paper Review
Nashville City Paper

December 18, 2008

Randy Owen
One on One
(Broken Bow)

After an extraordinary and lengthy run as lead singer and principal figure in Alabama, Randy Owen is just as persuasive, appealing and forceful on this new solo project.

Such numbers as "Urban's on the Country Radio," "One on One" and "Pray Me Back Home" serve as both vocal showcases and examples of his writing. Owen collaborates with John Rich and James Otto on "I Confess" and with Rich and Shannon Lawson on "Let's Pretend We're Strangers for the Night."

His rendition of Dolly Parton's "Holding Everything" the set's best cover tune pairs Owen with Megan Mullins in a stirring duet, and he even takes a crack at the trend of country going Caribbean with "Barbados."

Rich deftly handles most of the production duties, sometimes joining forces with Shawn Pennington, and Owen shows he's lost none of the vocal passion, fire and personality that made Alabama a country music institution.

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