** "Ol' Red" had been previously recorded by both GeorgeJones and KennyRogers.
** "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking" was originally recorded by Joe Nichols.
** His version of "God Gave Me You" vs. the original by Dave Barnes.
* CriticalDissonance: His first three albums had traditional-leaning country that won him critical acclaim but produced hit-and-miss results on the charts; ''Pure BS'' and ''Startin’ Fires'' were an awkwardly mediocre transitory period; and ''Hillbilly Bone'' onward has found him taking on a more ‘modern’ sound that has rendered him a golden boy on the airplay charts (including a white-hot streak of number-one hits), but at the cost of critical derision for his more generic style.
* SeasonalRot: Many fans feel that his quality took a nosedive from ''Hillbilly Bone'' onward, when Scott Hendricks took over as his producer. Main points of criticism include an over-reliance on the "country boy"-type songs that are already overdone in Nashville.
** "The Baby". Narrator reminisces on his mother, who insists that he will always be her baby. He moves on in life, then gets word that his mother is dying. [[spoiler:He doesn't make it in time.]]
** "When Somebody Knows You That Well", with the male narrator realizing he can't hide emotions from anyone that he loves.