Perfectly imperfect and totally fearless, this may well be McGraw's crowning achievement in a career already studded with success.
America's favorite suburban outlaw shucks his hillbilly pretense and corn-pone cartoonishness for a more temperate earnestness. It suits him. [29 Nov 2002, p.107]
The album sags in spots, and McGraw and his coproducers misstep in adding faux R&B vocal washes here and there. But this is a good, solid effort to make music and not just the radio charts.
But mostly, McGraw sounds empty.