ALBUM REVIEW: She Only Loves Me by Nick Verzosa

It's hard not to appreciate the rich country voice of new Red Dirt star Nick Verzosa on his debut album "She Only Loves Me" following his successful five-song effort "The Smoking Gun EP" (read review by clicking here). The aforementioned EP yielded two hit singles "Look Back To Texas" and "Back When Love Was Easy." Indeed, the themes of "love" and "Texas" are constantly at the forefront of this young artist's terrific new project.
The album begins with the current single and title track "She Only Loves Me," which was produced by Texas country legend Walt Wilkins. Neither Verzosa or Wilkins disappoint with this easy-going honky tonk song that mixes elements of classic rock n' roll with Red Dirt sensibilities. Texas country fans should drink this track up faster than Bud Light at a Kevin Fowler concert.

The next cut, "So Mean," is Nick Verzosa's melodic, slow-burning ode to the mean girl in his life. The bluesy soul is perfectly conveyed, and this cut could also find success on radio. However, the album's big surprise is the quiet and vulnerable cut "Lazy River Days." Nick Verzosa finds a cool Uncle Kracker meets Wade Bowen swagger on this song that is very appealing.

Four of the 11 songs on the album were previously on Nick Verzosa's EP, including the previously mentioned singles "Look Back To Texas" and "Back When Love Was Easy" along with the Red Dirt cut "Something Lucky" and "Let It Go." The new song "Stronger Than That" is a dark love song that sizzles with passionate intensity, but it is "I Wouldn't Answer" that emerges as the album's best cut. This story in song deserves to be a radio hit, and Nick Verzosa's vocal performance is pitch perfect combined with the heartfelt lyrics and masterful instrumentation.

"Change Your Mind" increases the album's fun quotient in a major way, and the rockin' cut should prove to be an audience favorite. Likewise, the quirky track "7th Year Senior" should also have Texas country audiences rolling in the aisles with laughter.

"She Only Loves Me" from Nick Verzosa lives up to the high expectations set by "The Smoking Gun EP," and that is no easy feat. Nick Verzosa may think that she is the only one who loves him, but the evidence provided here proves that many thousands more will soon love him, too.

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