Billy Currington finds right groove on new CD

Billy Currington flashes a big musical smile throughout his fourth album, "Enjoy Yourself." Concentrating on breezy songs that slip from sweet romance to pleasurable toasts, the album sounds as though it should come with an ocean breeze and something cold to sip.

Currington deserves to sound cheerful. His new single, "Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer," is his fourth consecutive top country hit. After years of ups and downs, his career appears ready to shift from struggling to stardom.

In the past, Currington had trouble finding an identifiable sound: His previous album's title, "Little Bit Of Everything," described his musical style. But with "Enjoy Yourself" he zeroes in on an easy-going soul vibe, a sound that brings out a likable quality in Currington's Georgia-raised tenor.

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Sometimes the singer strains too hard for musical merriment, as in the Beach Boys-inspired "Love Done Gone" or the tongue-in-cheek "Like My Dog," which suggests his gal could take lessons in getting along with him from his pet. Currington is better when the words are as satisfying as his lighthearted sound, as in the finger-snapping "All Day Long" and the pulsing beat and tender sentiments of "Until You."

Michael McCall, For The Associated Press

"Enjoy Yourself"

Billy Currington

(Mercury Nashville)

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