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    Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 [Bonus CD]
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (12 August, 2003)
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    You don't have to get very far into Alan Jackson's splendid second anthology of hits before you're struck by how well the rangy Georgian has built his catalogue and how beautifully Keith Stegall continually produces his songs, filling the instrumental breaks with unexpectedly creative solos. While Jackson's choice of cover songs is usually inspired ("Pop-A-Top," "Little Bitty"), he's a deft writer, alternating his tongue-in-cheek, Sheriff Andy Taylor persona with his "just a singer of simple songs" earnestness, lacing it all with an unfettered delivery and a Haggardesque dedication to the bedrock honky-tonk sound. There are times when he edges too close to formula, running the romanticized, small-town, cornbread-and-chicken conceits ("Where I Come From") into the ground. But then he quickly redeems himself with a lip-tremblingly good "Drive" or "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)." This package consists of two discs, 16 hits and two new cuts filling the first and an unnecessary and somewhat inferior eight album tracks occupying the second. Of the two new songs, the emotional husband-and-wife ballad "Remember When" handily outdistances the too-trite "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" with perennial smart-ass Jimmy Buffett. Jackson's too good an artist to settle for such an easy reach, but hey, let's cut him a little slack. He's paid his dues. --Alanna Nash ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars well, it's Alan
    Alan Jackson is an anomaly in modern country music.He's a traditionalist in an era tending away from tradition, and he continually defies the odds by remaining popular and relevant.His second greatest hits album does not sound like quite as much of a throwback to the old country style as his first greatest hits album did: there is an undeniable radio-friendly sheen to the music.It feels contemporary.Still, at the center of the music is Jackson, expressing his down-home sentiments in an impressive country voice; when the instrumentation and production stray into pop territory, we still have Alan there to hold it all together and bring it back home.Which makes this collection a fine one indeed, with a whole line-up of instantly recognizable radio hits from the past several years.Very enjoyable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars STELLAR STUFF!
    I like that, Alan Jackson just happens to include some "other stuff" along with his GREATEST HITS 2 album.But what stellar stuff!Two discs, 26 tracks and no filler and what you've got is an album that's got to be one of the best in recent times.

    Jackson hits include Little Bitty, Who's Cheatin' Who, The Blues Man, Drive and Remember When (Jackson's newest hit!). It's Five O' Clock Somewhere is a classic duet with Jimmy Buffet. And that's just disc 1!

    For Alan Jackson fans everywhere or a great one with which to start a country music collection.


    5-0 out of 5 stars Alan Jackson could be the greatest Country Music Star EVER!
    Here is yet another album from Alan Jackson that is sure to go Platinum.Just when you get finished with his #1 Album "Drive", he sends us another treat with GH Volume 2.This, by far, is his greatest album with all of the "Alan Jackson Necessities" enclosed.Just think, this man started as a struggling artist and, if not for his flight attendant wife running up to Glen Campbell, he might never had been heard!His greatest music (eg "Gone Crazy", "I'll go on loving you") came after he and his wife went through a separation and near divorce.A terrible ordeal for anyone but what a blessing for his fans.You truly can't go wrong with this CD.Possibly the best Country Music CD EVER! ... Read more

    Asin: B0000AGWEX
    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Country    2. Country    3. New Traditionalist    4. Pop   

    Place in the Sun
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (04 May, 1999)
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    The party-hearty raucousness of "I Like It, I Love It" seems like a lifetime ago for Tim McGraw, whose fifth album strikes a more reflective chord. Whether ruminating on how it felt to be "Seventeen," making resolutions for "My Next Thirty Years," or probing the depths of Rodney Crowell's "Please Remember Me," his music shows the effects of marriage and maturity. Even the drinking songs, "Senorita Margarita" and "She'll Have You Back," share an older-but-wiser sentiment. While there are no duets with wife Faith Hill, her presence is evident on "My Best Friend" and "Some Things Never Change." McGraw wrote none of the songs here, but his emotional investment in the material results in an engaging collection. --Don McLeese ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite album from Tim McGraw
    Tim McGraw's 1999 album A PLACE IN THE SUN is my favorite album from the country superstar. The songs really resound with me, and I think it's very well done and put together. "Please Remember Me" is a chilling ballad he makes his own, Patty Loveless sounds great on background vocals. In fact, the ballads are really the strongest point of the album. Songs like "Somebody Must Be Prayin For Me", "You Don't Love Me Anymore", "Some Things Never Change", "Eyes of a Woman" and the title track take listeners through various emotions of a man. The uptempos are fun such as "My Next Thirty Years", "Something Like That", "Seventeen" and more. Overall a great album from Tim McGraw!

    5-0 out of 5 stars this album is lovely!
    I've been listening to Tim Mcgraw for close to six years, and this has to be his best album so far. The lyrics are reflective and profound, a little sad, but with a dash of hopefulness. That's what makes this CD so enjoyable; he acknowledges the despair and hardships in life, but provides the listener with an uplifting message of faith and love to balance out the gloom. My only disappointments are the two upbeat tracks, something like that, and my next thirty years. Out of all fourteen, I'd have to say my two favorites are "Please Remember Me", and "A Place in the Sun", with "My Best Friend" coming in as a close third. It's true that Mcgraw has matured and gained a heap of wisdom on this album. It is, truly, a masterpiece of songcraft.

    5-0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS CD
    Since I'm originally from New Jersey, and didn't even think about listening to country music, I bought this CD on a suggestion of a friend.Well...I'm now hooked to Tim McGraw...and country music in general! I constantly listen to this CD of his, among the others he has out as well...and I still LOVE it.He is a truly amazing artist.And to boot, I've moved to Louisiana, about 30 minutes away from where Tim McGraw was born/raised as a child and sometimes still goes to visit... Start, LA. ... Read more

    Asin: B00000IPX3
    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Country    2. Country    3. Country-Pop    4. Neo-Traditionalist Country    5. Pop   


    No Shoes No Shirt No Problems (Bonus Track)
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 April, 2002)
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    A megahit with young country fans, Kenny Chesney may seem like anaccidental star, but he's succeeded largely by understanding what his followingwants to hear. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems taps directly into thesquiggly vein that runs between adolescence and adulthood, when responsibilitiescall and Jimmy Buffettdreams beckon. As much a celebration of life as of youth itself, the albumsucceeds best when Chesney turns wistful and thought-provoking ("A Lot of ThingsDifferent," "Good Stuff") and makes firm decisions about what really matters inlife. Sentimentality reigns supreme--you can already imagine a sea of flickeringcigarette lighters when he does this material live--but as "Big Star," a songabout a girl who wants to be just that, spells out, No Shoes, No Shirt, NoProblems is a solid affirmation to go for what you want in this silly ol'world. Chesney certainly has, and if this short, bald guy from tinytown,Tennessee, can catch a rainbow, the rest of us ought to take heart. --AlannaNash ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Go Kenny Go!
    I absolutely love this CD! The songs are upbeat, they wanna make you head straight for the nearest line dancing club!! The ones you really need to turn up while in the car are Young, Big Star, No Shoes No Shirts No Problems (hottttt video, wow Kenny!!! ;)be sure to buy the DVD!! ), and Live Those Songs Again!!! The rest are all right, I mostly like the faster songs on here. Definitely a must-have for any Chesney fan!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kenny's World
    This cd is what got me started on kenny chesney.The whole album is great.My fave track is "Alot of Things Different", a song that tells a story.I even got my mom into kenny chesney, he's a great talent and a n awesome singer.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Kenny Chesney's Hot Stuff ;)
    Kenny Chesney's album No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems is a great CD.If you love music with a little bit of a tropical, fun feel, you will love this compilation.Kenny Chesney always seems to bring a little bit of that beach sound to his music.If you love that like I do, you will especially love the title track. This song reminds me of some of his more recent songs like "When the Sun Goes Down" with Uncle Kracker on his latest album.
    The real reason I love this album, though, is mainly because of the beautiful song on there, "The Good Stuff." I grew up listening to country but stopped listening to it all together for four or five years, but when one of my friends played that song for me, I was hooked. Now, this is not your typical country song all about drinking too much, the dog died, and Grandma is in jail. This seems like the kind of story that could really happen.The way Chesney sings this song makes you really feel for this older man who lost his wife, and then sobered up.You can feel the love he had for her and it makes you realize that the little things in life really are "the good stuff."
    Now, there are the everyday country songs on this album, but what would a country CD be without my girl left me, I miss the old days, and Grandma is in jail...again?Kenny Chesney has those classic George Strait, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw songs, but still shakes things up a bit and puts his own twist on the same old country tunes.Every Chesney fan also needs a copy of his Greatest Hits album. This is some of his best music.Many of these songs have a real message like "Baptism" and some are just plain fun like "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy."This is country music the way I like it. Not to mention, there are plenty of HOTT pictures of Kenny in these albums...Hot stuff!
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    Asin: B000063TDS
    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Country    2. Country    3. New Traditionalist    4. Pop   


    Red Dirt Road
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (15 July, 2003)
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    Having stumbled in 1999 with the lackluster Tight Rope, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn picked themselves up and dusted off their Wranglers with 2001's Steers and Stripes, an album that some listeners considered their best. But that was before Red Dirt Road, a collection of coming-of-age songs in which country's most successful duo comes clean about who they are and what forged their turbo-tonk sound. The title song is a spectacular and poignant slice of backwoods Southern milieu that melds the push of the gospel with the pull of desire--which, for a '60s teenager, meant girls, cars, and the beer-laced taste of freedom. Bothmen know a little bit about those subjects (don't miss Dunn's hidden track, "Holy War," which skewers TV preachers), as well as the thrill of Exile on Main Street-era Rolling Stones, a sound that permeates at least three songs here, including the randy "You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl." Bluegrass also gets a strong nod on the exquisite "Caroline," as does the Tulsa-bred, Leon Russell-fueled music that personally schooled Dunn in the '70s, particularly on "I Used to Know This Song By Heart," a tour de force of sharp Pentecostal vocals punctuated by the searing guitar work of Kenny Greenburg. Everything about this album moves the duo up a level, even Kix's singing on "When We Were Kings," a true-life remembrance of the Vietnam years. A few songs predictably pad things out, but on the whole Red Dirt Road is both surprisingly affecting and monstrously good. --Alanna Nash ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Dust and Sunshine______________
    In my opinion, a band releasing an album naming a road is, perhaps subconsciously, making an effort to release their best material in years.When this album came out, I immediately picked it up, wary about B&D's recent tumultuous career path before the release of "Steers and Stripes.""Red Dirt Road" does not fail.
    It's less of a country album than many country fans seem to suggest (as I've read on the reviews here).But to a standard guy like me, this is as country as it's gonna get, at least for now.And that's good enough.
    Each song has riffs and musical twists that grab you and make you sing outloud, or tap a rhythm on your jeans while listening.And I like the formula they use on several songs: an off-EQ'd or reverbed guitar (12-string, slide, etc.) jamming by itself, before the music kicks in and takes you away.
    This has become my favorite B&D album so far.I wonder if fans consider S&S and Red Dirt Road to be "new Brooks & Dunn"?I feel a sort of different spirit in these albums than with their older releases, which are just as kickin' with the catchy tunes, but a little lacking with slower songs.
    The Beatles released "Abbey Road" and the songs were thematically and musically linked.The same goes with "Red Dirt Road," a more Western approach to small town living, dirt, sunshine, beer, good friends, and lost loves...and this album seems to be haunted as well.Listen closely...they both sing frequently about the past, memories, things that once were...
    Of all those "road" albums (Peachtree, Cross, Car Wheels on Gravel, Golden) I think it's fair to say Red Dirt will become an iconic album for this band.

    5-0 out of 5 stars PHENOMENAL CD
    Truly enjoyed this exceptional piece of work.Very diverse music while maintaining the country base all the way through.You can really appreciate all of their musical influences growing up.

    Their writing is exceptional on "Red Dirt Road", "When We Were Kings", etc. etc. etc.

    Don't know if there is anyone in country music today with a finer tenor then Dunn.He shines on this CD especially on "I Used To Know This Song By Heart".Kix sounds great as well.

    Surprised more songs weren't released off of this CDs.I think they went into this as wanting to express their musical influences and not necessarily to release radio friendly songs.I REALLY ENJOYED ALL OF THE SONGS ON THIS ONE. There are some songs that really make you stop and think/reflect which is what country music is all about.


    1-0 out of 5 stars Put them in jail
    So this is a country album? Let me see here, the first song sounds like a song they released a few years ago about Little Miss Honky Tonk. Then the 5th song sounds like every other ballad they have ever released. This is pathetic just like their careers. Singing about boot-scootin, beer drinking just cutting a shine ya'll. Don't ever call these guys old school. Old school is Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson etc.. How much more of this garbage are people going to buy? There is nothing that even comes close to being original here. They also started the, "honky tonkin" revolution with their first album which shot the legends of country right in the heart. Put them in jail, take away their right to record POP music and make them listen to Bill Monroe or Hank Williams for a few months. ... Read more

    Asin: B00009V7TD
    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Country    2. Country    3. Pop   


    "Clint Black - Greatest Hits, Vol. 2"
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 November, 2001)
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    Clint Black eventually lost the head-to-head race with Garth Brooks to be the new-country king of the '90s. But this impressive 16-song collection of hits and near-misses culled from Black's half-dozen studio albums and padded with four fair-to-middlin' new songs makes you wonder if the world wouldn't have been better off if Black had won that race. These tracks (all of them written or cowritten by Black and many also produced by him) remind us that in the decade and a half or so since he first hit the charts, he's been a far more adventurous songwriter and stylist than Brooks has ever been. That said, there's a fair amount of chaff mixed with the wheat herein. Many of the newer songs--like "When I Said I Do" (a hit duet with his wife, actress Lisa Hartman), "Little Pearl" (Black's sentimental ode to his new baby daughter), and the cliché-ridden "Money or Love"--tend to drown in either mawkish sentimentality or Black's irritating lyric verbosity. But masterful tracks like "Been There" (a fine duet with Steve Wariner), the swingy "One More Payment," the soulful "(The Lights Are On) Nobody's Home," and an impressive blues version of his 1990 hit "Put Yourself in My Shoes" (featuring a full horn arrangement) remind us how very good Black can be when he's hitting on all cylinders. --Bob Allen ... Read more


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    3-0 out of 5 stars A voice of contradiction
    The review provided by Amazon states that Clint Black lost the race to Garth Brooks as the dominant male country singer of the 90's.But as we all know, in the music industry, true success is a marathon, not a sprint.Garth may have dominated for a few years, but he burned out and went into semi-retirment while Clint keeps plugging along.

    The reviews also tend to say that the duets bog down this CD.I prefer the duets.Especially those with wife Lisa Hartman Black.I have been a fan of hers since the short-lived TV show "Tabitha" back in the 70's.When she became a regular on "Knots Landing" in the 80's, I loved it when she would sing on the show.I don't know why her recording career never took off, but I love both of her duets with Clint.In fact, it is mainly because of those 2 duets (plus the duet with Martina McBride) that I bought this CD.The duets between Clint and Lisa and their accompanying videos mean even more because they are a real couple and they truly mean the words they are saying.These are not like some "super star" duets where the 2 people on the record never even met and the vocals were recorded at different times and then mixed together in the studio.This is 2 people who are truly in love.

    Anyway, I recommend this CD for those duets.I only give it 3 stars because the other songs are good, but not my favorites.I really and truly only LOVE those 3 duets.

    1-0 out of 5 stars The song, 'Been There'!!!!! AAAAAGGGHHHHHH!!!!
    I really hate the song, 'Been There'. I have horrendous memories of sitting on the schoolbus while our bus driver played this song at full blast, and even after many years of not having ridden on that godforsaken bus, that terrible song has never quite left my mind. It is absolutely the worst song I ever heard in my entire life and whoever likes it should get their head checked. Seriously! I'd listen to NSYNC before I would ever listen to this horrible song, and I despise boybands! I hope that song's no longer on the air, because it really, really, really sucks. And, unfortunately, the fact that it can get stuck in your head just might drive you insane.


    3-0 out of 5 stars Some good songs
    If you want the best of Clint, buy Killin' Time. Its really the only Clint Black that is essential, even though several other CDs of his are very good. The first Greatest Hits cd is good but left off several number one hits in order to justify a second greatest hits cd. And this is it. No suprise, the "A" material here is from Killin' Time (songs that should have been on the first greatest hits cd) and a few good ones from Tailights. The rest is average. The duets, as with most country male-female duets, are focused more on sappy lyrics than good music. This is a good cd but far from his best. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005QDA0
    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Country    2. Country    3. New Traditionalist    4. Pop   


    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (13 November, 2001)
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    Nearly a decade ago, Garth Brooks's ability to incorporate '70s pop material and arena rock into his act made history (and controversy) as he propelled country to its pinnacle of success. One fact remains in 2001. When he simply rears back and sings (in the spirit of longtime pal Chris LeDoux), the results are often fresh and natural. That's the case on the Beatle-esque "Wrapped Up in You," "Thicker Than Blood," and the trite but catchy blue-collar bopper "Big Money." Alas, that slicker, more calculated material is never far away. Awash in melodrama, "The Storm" (a bathos-ridden variant on "The Thunder Rolls"), "Mr. Midnight," and "Pushing Up Daisies" each run four-plus minutes and seem longer. The hyperactive bluegrass romp "Don't Cross the River" seems less homage than a nod to the successful O Brother soundtrack. While duets with George Jones and Trisha Yearwood have merit, one wonders who really needs who. All this might have been cutting edge in 1992. Now it simply seems long in the tooth. --Rich Kienzle ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Review Number 150
    Is it any wonder this is Garth's last studio album? Could his career have survived much more stuff of this ilk? Gotta have a rodeo song; yeah, but it turns out to be a cheap double entendre. A Dr. Pepper commercial?An America cover? A cacophonous b-ee-rr-un? A thunderstorm re-run??

    5-0 out of 5 stars !!!!GREAT MUSIC!!!!!
    (:This is one of Garth Brook's best CDs!!! This CD would defintly be worth you're money. Very Entertaining!:) *_*

    4-0 out of 5 stars garth at his best
    i am a very big garth fan and i have all the albums and most deffintley this one stands out the most .All garth albums have very powerful words and sends out big emotions but if you listen to scarecrow it will make you laugh and it will make you cry.I thnik the storm is a very emotional song and his best song yet. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005QB7M
    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Country    2. Country    3. Pop   


    Tracy Byrd - Keepers: Greatest Hits
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 February, 1999)
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    This journeyman country singer hails from the same East Texas stomping grounds that produced honky-tonk greats George Jones and Mark Chesnutt. Tracy Byrd puts a slightly smoother, more contemporary spin on his twang and has yet to forge a musical identity as distinctive as the aforementioned masters. Yet his expansive, burnished baritone can effortlessly fill the dance floor with feet or your beer with tears. Versatility is the operative word with this vibrant, somewhat uneven 11-track collection that surveys the commercial high-water marks of Byrd's seven-year recording career. With assured confidence, he covers all the dancehall mood swings, from the rollicking humor of "Watermelon Crawl" and "Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous" to the world-weariness of "Heaven in My Woman's Eyes" and the romantic dreaminess of "Keeper of the Stars." Byrd's only sin is that at times he makes it all sound a little bit too easy. --Bob Allen ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Nineties country music to dance to
    Tracy was one of many new country singers to emerge during the boom years of the early nineties. Following the massive success of Garth Brooks, country music was more popular than it had ever been. Tracy's style was firmly rooted in tradition but with a contemporary edge, rather like Alan Jackson. Tracy was never able to achieve the level of consistency that Alan did, but this collection is a fine showcase for his talents.

    Although there are some ballads, most of the songs are up-tempo ditties to get those toes tapping. There are two covers of Johnny Paycheck songs (Someone to give my love to, Don't take her she's all I got) and a cover of Heaven is my woman's love, but the other songs are all originals. Among the great original songs here are Holding heaven, Lifestyles of the not so rich and famous, Watermelon crawl and Keeper of the stars.

    If there is a flaw in this collection, it is that it is too short. A couple of big country hits (First step, I wanna feel that way again) are missing, but Tracy recorded other great songs too - I particularly enjoy Out of control raging fire, a superb duet with the obscure but brilliant Dawn Sears. The addition of those three songs would have strengthened this collection considerably.

    Still, this is a fine collection and if you are only intending to buy one Tracy Byrd album, you should make it this one. If you enjoy Alan Jackson's music, you will enjoy this.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great singer, slim collection
    The warm baritone of Tracy Byrd was been a frequent - if not consistent - visitor to the upper echelons of the country charts in the '90s.This hits collection Keepers captures many of his best moments, from rowdy romps like "Heaven In My Woman's Eyes" and "I'm From The Country" to slower, more tender fare like "Keeper Of The Stars."

    Omitted top ten hits "The First Step" and "I Wanna Feel That Way Again" should have also made the lineup - particularly the latter, as ballads are in short supply on this collection.At ten hits plus one new selection, Keepers also seems a bit skimpy (most country collections of late have been offering at least twelve tracks - usually more - with two or three new recordings).

    The new track "When Mama Ain't Happy" is an uptempo ditty about pleasing the Mrs.It's lack of success on the charts was a big surprise, since lightweight romps of this sort usually do quite well at radio.Byrd apparently did not want to record this song and subsequently left MCA after this album.He landed at RCA where he's recently had a couple of great singles ("Put Your Hand In Mine" and "Just Let Me Be In Love").

    Overall,Keepers is a pleasant collection.Yet with a little more effort from the folks at MCA, it could have been great.For a slightly stronger look at Byrd's MCA years, check out the new twelve track Millennium Collection.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Really Shows Tracy's Best Work!
    Good CD, but where is his recent hit "I Wanna Feel That Way Again" and his classic hit "Walkin' To Jeruselum"? ... Read more

    Asin: B00000I5YU
    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Country    2. Country    3. Pop   


    My Town
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 August, 2002)
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    With their third release, Montgomery Gentry, the only duo to seriously challenge Brooks & Dunn, again marry the sinewy muscle of Southern rock with blue-collar pride and passion, but dig deeper to showcase the music behind the machismo. Drafting such players as Allman Brothers/Rolling Stones alum Chuck Leavell and John Mellencamp/Joe Ely /Storyville vet David Grissom, the Kentucky pair turn the title song into a sweeping anthemic declaration of place and belonging, and then smoke their way through "Why Do I Feel Like Running," in which a restless man regrets his "gypsy bone." Part of their appeal is the ease with which these ultra-manly men reveal their vulnerability and pain, Eddie Montgomery letting it show in every word from his strong-as-oak baritone, and Troy Gentry showcasing it on the jilted lover's plea "Lie Before You Leave." That said, MG, who count on attitude to lift the more clichéd bar-band tunes, have yet to make the album of their career, and they move a little more toward pop each time out, no matter what the blistering electric guitars and driving banjos hope to convey. Keep your eye on these guys. They could go either way. --Alanna Nash ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Dang... This is good
    This is quite possibly the best CD that Montgomery Gentry has made. It is one of the few CDs that I can listen to all the way through without skipping a song here and there. Among my favorites are "My Town" of course, "Break My Heart Again", "Speed", and "Lie Before You Leave". If you're just beginning to listen to Montgomery Gentry this would be my recommendation for a starting purchase. Montgomery Gentry is one of those country singers that borders along the lines of rock music as well as country. The content of their songs tend to be more upbeat and appealing to listeners who don't want to listen to the classical country music they often associate all country music to. I would also recommend their other CDs but I think you should start with this one to get a true taste of what most of their songs are about.

    5-0 out of 5 stars awesome cd boys!!!
    This "My Town" CD is awesome. I recently became a fan earlier this year and bought their latest Cd "You Do Your Thing" first. I do have to say I like this one ALOT better. The piano intro to My town is incredible. Scarecrow is another great song. They have some blues on there at the end. And another reason I like this CD is that Troy Gentry sings alot more on this CD than their latest one.
    Also, to the reviewer who mentioned the motorcycles in the My Town video......there are NO motorcylces in this video. Maybe you are thinking of "If You Ever Stop Loving Me", their first hit/cut off of "You Do Your Thing". And I think they look great riding with the boys on the road!!!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
    I'm sorry, fellas, but in the music video for MY TOWN you look like the Cartrights riding off the Ponderosa.Riding those custom-made hogs, pseudo-biker entourage in tow, was ham salad supreme.I kept waiting for Dennis Hopper to make a cameo, but then again, he's not exactly a "My Town" kind of guy.

    Forgetting the fact--and boy, is it easy to forget--their music is only marginally appetizing, Montgomery Gentry is a country duo in search of an identity.Wearing a black felt hat and frock coat (Mr. Montgomery, I presume) is not only uncomfortably warm, but stylishly gauche.Good heavens!And the twirling mike stand act has been done before ad infinitum by the likes of Steve Tyler.Unfortunately, the "poor boy hunk" look (Mr. Gentry, I presume) has been cashed in already by the likes of John Mellencamp.

    So what's this duo to do?With tracts like "Hell Yeah," "Lie Before You Leave," and "Scarecrow," it appears to me the group has resigned itself to cranking out formulaic country hootenanny.Oh, and riding hogs.I'd rather see these guys on mopeds.They're safer.
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    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Country    2. Country    3. Pop   


    How Do You Like Me Now
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Oklahoma singer Toby Keith is neither a remarkable singer nor songwriter. Yet in his more inspired and focused moments on his sixth studio album--his first for DreamWorks--Keith does occasionally manage to transcend his journeyman's limitations and achieve a sort of workaday eloquence. On patchily conceived and executed songs like the self-written "Die with Your Boots On" and a pointless ditty called "Country Comes to Town," even Keith's hard-edged baritone swaggering over flashy, high-voltage arrangements can disguise the basic lack of musical substance and creative vision. Yet on "Heart to Heart," a tender song Keith wrote for his young son, and an exquisite story song called "New Orleans," Keith surprises by turning in heartfelt, impassioned performances that transcend the general ordinariness that is otherwise the order of the day. --Bob Allen ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best country cd's. WRITTEN BY A NON COUNTRY FAN!
    This and Tim McGraw's Set This Circus Down are the best 2 country cd's released EVER!

    Here is why:

    How Do You Like Me Now: Great song with some funny lyrics. A good song that all of us wish we could apply to that beautiful girl from school when she turns out to be a stay at home fat ugly joke, and we turn out to be successful, rich and desirable.

    When Love Fades: THE BEST SONG HE HAS EVER DONE! HANDS DOWN. NO CONTEST! Some of the best "Relationship is ending" lyrics that have EVER been written.

    "Going through the motions,
    pretending to be,
    The man you used to see in me.
    Dont wanna hurt me,
    so you play along,
    and it dont feel right and it dont feel wrong.
    It just like a memory,
    barely alive,
    when will we let it die.

    Who'll be the one
    To say goodbye
    Who'll be the one to stay
    When Love Fades

    Simply brilliant! The dual vocals with himself towards the end are especially great. WHY IN THE WORLD it wasnt released as a single is beyond me. This would have been an EASY #1 HIT!

    Blue Bedroom: Not a slow song but a heavier type lost love song. One of those: "I lost you and i miss you and come back home" songs. Totally throws you off being sequenced right after When love fades which was a "I know its over, lets break up" kind of song. good nonetheless!

    New Orleans: A story song in the same type as a Jim Croce or Harry Chapin type of story song. About a woman and man who get together. She fled a bad relationship in New Orleans and how she is getting on with her life. GREAT TUNE!

    Country Comes to Town: One of the huge hits this album produced! Strange to hear a horn section in a country song but it works and VERY WELL!

    Heart To Heart (Stelen's Song): Stelen is Toby's son. A nice poignant tale about how children are or can be with their parents.

    She Only Gets That Way With Me: Kinda like my ex-wife, she only gets THAT way with me. Well, except with her other exes. Who get THAT way RIGHT BACK AT HER! This is a good song but my stupid joke may not be representative with what this song is about.

    Die With Your Boots On: One of the weaker tracks, for a non-country fan (or someone who likes a small amount of country songs. This sounds modern with an old time country topic.

    You Shouldnt Kiss Me Like This: Another of the hits. To me a ballad is not a country song, just like it isnt a rock song or anything like that. The only evidence of country in this love song is the twang to his voice, if even that.

    Hold You Kiss you Love You: I love the beat to this one. For when you get that lustful feeling with the one you love.

    Bottom Of My Heart (do i know you): A sad lost love type of song, and a very good one at that!

    I Know A Wall When I See One: Ever date someone who got away and you wish you hadn't let that happen? Then this is your song!

    This album is under 40 minutes which is a shame but it is a FANTASTIC, PHENOMINAL ALBUM!

    5-0 out of 5 stars How do you like Toby now?
    "How Do You Like Me Now" is the song that first captured my attention and got me to buy this CD. From the upbeat songs to the ballads, Toby knows how to draw a listener into his world. The emotions on the ballads come thru, the fun he is having on the upbeat songs come thru, you can't lose.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Who's That Man?
    I started liking Toby when I would hear a song I liked, and would wonder, who's that man?They all turned out to be him.

    I choose this CD because of How Do You Like Me Now?!, a song we can all relate to about rejection turning around, but I soon fell in love with You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This, When Love Fades and Blue Bedroom, where he shows his emotional, sentimental side.I Know A Wall When I See One is the kind of song you can't get out of your head, as is the good-natured Country Comes to Town.

    Toby is a talented songwriter, has an excellent voice, and is full of emotion, humour and fun, and I can honestly say there is not one song on this CD I don't like. The perfect start or edition to any Toby collection. ... Read more

    Asin: B00002MYVE
    Subjects:  1. Country    2. Pop   


    Who Needs Pictures
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 June, 1999)
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    You'd never have guessed that this country hunk would turn out to have a brain and a heart hiding under his Western gear, but Brad Paisley's Who Needs Pictures is among the more encouraging albums to come out of Nashville in some time. Rather than running from country's traditions, Paisley embraces them, going so far as to include the gospel standard "In the Garden" alongside original songs that tackle more contemporary subjects such as single motherhood ("He Didn't Have to Be") or church services that interfere with a Sunday out on the lake ("Long Sermon"). Just as promising, the guitars (Paisley's own picks) and fiddles here have been recorded in all their biting, twangy glory. There are problems--a few arrangements are predictably busy and the gimmicky fake-out ending of "Me Neither" is clever precisely once--but overall, Paisley's debut seems like a sign of something good about to develop. --David Cantwell ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars Strong and durable debut album
    The picture on the cover of this album lead me to expect the worst -another pretty boy hat act with the usual slick production and disposable ,radio friendly tunes.I am delighted to say my cynicism was misplaced -this arist is an altogether better performer ,and this an altogether better album than I was expecting .
    Paisley was a youthful 26 when this album appeared in 1999 but had several years of live performance experience behind him ,and several appearances on the famed Wheeling Jamboree ,not to mention having songs cut by seasoned performers like David Ball and Tracy Byrd .In addition he is a guitarist of exemplary talent --just listen to the crispness and fluidity of his playing on " The Nervous Breakdown " for a demonstration of his wizardry on the instrument ,if you want to hear for yourself .As a vocalist he sounds traditional without being self consciously retro unlikeartists such as neo-traditionalists Dale Watson and Wayne Hancock .He is clearly aware of the greats of the music and indeed opened his 2000 London show with a medley of songs by artistssuch as Haggard and Miller, but has a style which manages to be unique while operating within the parameters of the music's past .
    There may be better hardcore country singers out there but he is not deficient in the vocal department and has what it takes to be a major figure in the genre for years to come .
    Pitch ; inflection and phrasing are all solid and there is the added bonus of his being an accomplished writer .The only well known co-writer featured is Tim Nichols and they collaborated to produce the witty and tongue in cheek opening track " Long Sermon "-deep it aint but it is charming and pertinent with a lively infectious bounce to it .He can do more serious stuff too as witness the touching hymn to a stepfather " He Didn't Have To Be That Way " -an attractive song with a positive message about family .Its the kind of song anti country people feel is hokey but that is theirloss .I found it truthful and touching .Listen also the touches of Western swing on " It Never Woulda Worked Out Anyway " and the wry self deprecation of the lyric to " Me Neither " .This is a man who takes the work seriously but not himself .

    The best cut for my money is thr title song -one in the tradition of the Alan Jackson classic " Here in the Real World "a thoughtful well wrought refelective ballad about a lost love .
    Excellent production from another debutant Frank Rogers and crisp playing from the musicians , mostly drawn from his road band rather than the usual studio musicians and what you get is a striking debut album that has worn well in the time since its release

    Recommended to all who carrynthe torch for traditional country with modern day edge

    5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful!
    you can hardly put a price on this cd! thats how good it is. paisley has good vocal skills, plays the guitar, and writes his own awesome, and "speak to the heart" songs! you should really buy it!

    2-0 out of 5 stars rodeo clone
    Here he is, fresh-faced fodder from the Nashville clone factory, ripe and ready for the new country meat grinder. Not that this West Virginia native didn't work hard to get where he is. He's an accomplished songwriter covered by folks like Tracy Byrd and cowrote or wrote every song this debut, a rarity in this genre. But despite some notable moments of appropriately silly two-steppin' wordplay (Me Neither, Don't Breathe) and solid balladeering (Who Needs Pictures, In the Garden), Who Needs Pictures breaks no boundaries, tests no standards and bares no teeth. It's an above average debut but it still suffers from the same nagging predictability and benign qualities that have come to define Nashville at its worst. ... Read more

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    On a Mission
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (05 November, 2002)
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    This fiery young trio's big trump card is foxy lead singer Heidi Newfield, who growls, rasps, and vamps in the hard-rockin' country tradition of half-forgotten divas like Lacy J. Dalton and Paulette Carlson of Highway 101. On their sophomore album, Newfield and the boys--former Nashville sidemen Keith Burns and Ira Dean--are masterfully, if a little too resolutely, devoted to the hard-slammin', party-all-the-time paradigm. Yet they ease into convincing soulfulness on ballads like "Rain," "Love Be Still," and "Leavin' Seems to Be the Goin' Thing." Newfield really struts her vocal prowess and ably holds her own as she duets with guest Willie Nelson on a loud and rowdy reprise of Nelson's "Whiskey River."--Bob Allen ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Mission half complete
    Easy listening country-pop but not as good as the first album. The duet with Willy Nelson is ordinary at best but what were they thinking when they recorded "Love Is A Ball"? I haven't heard worse lyrics in a long time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome cd
    This cd by Trick Pony Rocks! they combie the styles of old and new to their singig, Heidi's voice is great and really makes the songs!They also sing a song with Willie Nelson in here. I like how they sing with older country legends like the late Waylon Jennings and Johny cash in their first album. If you have the first album you have to get this one. I love how theres a change in songs like some are fast pace like "On a Mission", "Fast Horse", "Love is a Ball". Then there are slower songs and some which have meaning behind it like Ira's song the Devil In Me".

    I saw them in concert this smumer and Keith, Ira and Heidi really know how to put ona show. They mentioned during the concert that they are almost done with their 3rd album. I canot wait to get it. There isn't one song of theirs oneither album that I don;t like. If you want a cd that rocks you should pick up On A Mission and thier 1st album if you do noyt have it yet. Trick Pony rocks!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another good time album from Heidi and the boys
    This is a reminder of the kind of music with which Highway 101 shook up Nashville in the late eighties, Trick Pony are not quite as good as Paulette and the boys were, but they still have a lot going for them and should not be ignored.

    This is their second album and follows the style of the first. Generally, I like them best on the rocking up-tempo songs although there are some fine slow and mid-tempo songs here. As on their debut album, they begin this set with a rocking, drinking song - this time it's On a mission. Among the other highlights is a cover of Whiskey river, on which its originator, Willie Nelson, guests as a duet singer.

    On a few songs (Love is a ball, Leaving seems to be the going thing, The devil and me), one of the men sings lead, but the style remains the same. Trick Pony are one of the more exciting contemporary country acts around. Let's hope they are able to deliver a few more albums like their first two. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Country    2. Country    3. Neo-Traditionalist Country    4. Pop   


    Chris Cagle
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great to listen to
    This CD was great to listen to. :)Because I received it for Christmas, I did not know that I was going to get it but I am glad that I did.When I heard "What A Beautiful Day,"I fell in love with the song, and wanted to buy the CD, and I guess my friends over heard me talking about it."Chicks Dig It" is another great song on this CD, it made me laugh when I heard it.Bottom line is, if you like country music and you are a Caglehead (or even if you aren't), get this CD.You will NOT be disappointed!

    5-0 out of 5 stars What A Beautiful Day!!!!
    Yes....it was a beautiful day when I popped this cd in my player. What a voice!!!! What a passion!!!! What a great talent!!!! Chris definitely didn't let us Cagleheads down. Chris uses personal experience as well as his humor to give us a cd that is full of life and love. Never have I seen or heard someone that puts so much of himself into his music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reviewer: Doug Maples - Country Music Show on UTA Radio
    Hard Work and Strong Vocals.... Well Done!!!
    Reviewer: Doug Maples - Country Music Show on UTA Radio
    From the beginning, I knew What A Beautiful Day would be a popular hit on my weekly country college radio show. This song along with Chicks Dig It and Everthing were within the Top 20 most requested country track at the station in Feb 2004. This album says one thing PERFECT. This is a very well done album! Not a Caglehead yet, listen and you will be! ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 37490
    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Country    2. Country    3. Country-Pop    4. Pop   


    Cocky (Clean Version)
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 November, 2001)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars An excelent cd but not kids best
    don't get me wrong this cd rocks but i personally find "Devil Without A Cause", "History of Rock" and "Kid Rock" all much much better. The above three i gave all 5's

    trucker anthem - this song proves what kid rock is all about 20/20

    forever - really really good 19/20

    lay it on me - really really ok 14/20

    cocky - pretty good 18/20

    what i learned out on the road - amazing 19/20

    i'm wrong but you ain't right - typical kid rock song 19/20

    lonely road of faith - AWESOME!!!! 20/20

    you never met a white boy quite like me - sweet just plain sweet 20/20

    picture - it's a shame this song is overplayed on the radio cuz it really is pretty good 17/20

    i'm a dog - ok 15/20

    midnight train to memphis - this is the best song on the cd half is slow country style the rest is what kids good at 20/20

    baby come home - good 16/20

    drunk in the morning - ehh 15/20

    overall: 16/20

    5-0 out of 5 stars the kids best
    I think this is kid rocks best album as yet.There are certain songs that the kid really expresses and i think that he is singing some of the songs to himself.My favorite track would have to be lonley road of faith because he is singing that to all the fans.He has also made a big hit for sheryl crow with picture witch is also a fantastic melodey overall this is a fantastic album and his best one yet.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!!!!!
    What a cd!

    trucker anthem-intro of the cd, nice rap.

    forever-a perfect song heard just about everywhere

    lay it on me-hard rap after first 2:40 seconds.

    cocky-seemingly slow rap.

    what i learned out on the road-slow and rap mixed together

    im wrong, but you ain't right-mostly rap

    lonely road of faith-mostly slow, great song

    never met a quite like me-alternitave rap,ok song

    picture-great combination of sheryl crow and kid rock

    im a dog-rap,pretty good dancing song

    midnight train to memphis-awesome lyrics

    baby come home-very slow rap,but good

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    Subjects:  1. Hard Rock    2. Pop    3. Rap-Metal    4. Rap-Rock    5. Rock   


    Carry On
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 February, 2001)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Real Country Music
    I love many different types of music including country, and I have really been saddened the last decade to see the genre disappear. At least it has in Nashville. Everything (with a few exceptions) seems to be really awful pop. Thank God country music survives with a few outstanding musicians in Texas. In my opinion, Pat Green is probably the best of these musicians, and Carry On is a great album. Every song (except "Louisiana Song" which he admits is a departure) is real country music. All have something to say. All are well arranged and well played. "Whiskey," "Ruby's Two Sad Daughters," "You Gotta Know", "Rusty Old American Dream," and "Washington Avenue" are all really solid country songs. "Carry On" is a perfect song with a lot of wisdom. "Crazy" is a beautiful love song. My favorite "Take Me Out to the Dancehall" is a love song which could stand alongside any classic country song. Pat Green's music really captures life in rural Texas and in the rest of small-town America. His music is what happens in everyday life. Green's sound is also based on what you have always been able to hear at local dancehalls, and it is so refreshing in constrast with most of todays modern music. Hopefully, more people will begin to listen to Pat Green's music, and country can be saved.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Come on, now...
    True, this may not be as good as some of his other stuff, but I don't think it deserves just one star.With Nashville ... the only thing else to turn to, I'll stick with Pat.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Future Nashville Star?
    For a guy that says he despises Nashville, he sure is starting to sound as cheesy as those guys.The only good song on this CD is the title song.Everything else is garbage.Stick with his old stuff, it's much better. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 63535
    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Country    2. Country    3. Pop   


    Brian McComas
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I hope we see much more of Brian McComas!
    This CD is amazing. I am pretty hard-core country traditionalist and found this to be the perfect blend of traditional country and updated appeal.
    Brian McComas is an amazing new talent. Hope we see much more from him!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    I bought this CD after seeing Brian open for Rascal Flatts and then again opeing for Marty Stewart and After I met him at the Marty Stewart concert I knew I had to get his CD... He is such a nice guy and has a terriffic stage presnce.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Predictable
    Brian McComas is a great young country talent, although in my opinion, he doesn't really have any "extra" spark that sets him apart from everyone else.If you've heard of Jimmy Wayne or Billy Currington, and you like them, then you will most likely like Brian McComas as well.The CD is the typical first CD from a young country star, with sogs about love going wrong, "You'd Have Never Said Goodbye", and songs about love going right, "99.9% Sure (I've Never Been Here Before)."Yes, the man can sing, there is no saying that he can't, and he does have some songs that aren't just fluff, "Sixteen Again" and "I'll Always Be There for You."This CD is fine to just pop in and play when you're in the car or doing things around the house, but don't expect anything mindblowing or you will be disappointed.All in all, I like the CD and listen to it often, but if I never knew who sang these song, I could guess one of many young country artists and pretty much be right. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 44076
    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Country    2. Country    3. Pop   


    Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Both the introduction to hard country for a generation of college kids and a key entry in what became the neotraditionalist movement, Dwight Yoakam's debut was a near-perfect re-creation of Buck Owens's Bakersfield sound. "Bury Me" and "Miner's Prayer" are heartfelt homages to Yoakam's real Kentucky roots, while honky-tonkers like "South of Cincinnati" remind how many Kentuckians eventually headed to Ohio for good jobs. Most immediately striking, though, are Yoakam's covers--particularly versions of Johnny Horton's "Honky Tonk Man" and Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire"--which subtly tune up the Bakersfield sound with a rock & roll super-charge. --David Cantwell ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Still One of The Best!
    Dwight Yoakam's "Guitars, Cadillacs" is still one of the best country music albums of all time.This ground-breaking classic collection not only solidified his Bakersfield sound but shows off his amazing versatile talent.Yoakam also captures the honky tonk tradition and music from the Appalachian Hills.He stepped up to show the world how country music should be celebrated and played.

    My favorites include "It Won't Hurt," "Bury Me," which celebrates the land and heritage of Kentucky.Maria McKee does an awesome job on the duet.There is no doubt that "Guitars, Cadillacs" is just powerful.Another beautifully written and sung song is "Bury Me," a kind of tribute to the coal miners.When I first heard it just reached out and grabbed my soul.His duet of the song with Ralph Stanley on Stanley's"Sunday Morning" is amazing! The entire album is awesome and authentic.

    Yoakam is just an amazing song writer and vocalist.All types of music fans can appreciate his skills because of his versatility and pure sound.If you do not own this album, you are a poser!Please do not be a poser!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Guitars and Cadillacs is a #1 Honky Tonk Classic
    Other than George Jones this man is the 2nd greatest Honky Tonker of all time.This debut is prime music for your buck.It's got his two of his best songs, "Guitars and Cadillacs" and "Honky Tonk Man".So go out and get it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Genius starts here
    Every cut on here is so good, from beginning to end. For me, it is perfect driving music, especially on a long, hot summer day through the backroads. "I'll Be Gone", is a favorite. Such a great voice. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Country    2. Bakersfield Sound    3. Country    4. Country-Rock    5. New Traditionalist    6. Pop   


    Alright Guy
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (02 October, 2001)
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    It's rare for a staunch traditionalist to project an image as a serious musician and a sex symbol, but that's what Gary Allan has been aiming for--and achieving--of late. His 1999 star-making album, Smoke Rings in the Dark, played that sensual card with the title single and its smoldering video, as well as with the randy "Right Where I Need to Be." Now he reprises the formula with "Man of Me," this album's first single, a hard-driving, libido-strutting rocker with such sexual heat it threatens to burst into flames. If that, and its hubba, hubba video are what draw buyers, so be it, but there's plenty else to like here, even if Alright Guy, with too many novelty songs and edgy fillers, falls short of its predecessor. While this album takes Allan farther from the honky-tonk than his previous efforts, there's no resisting a guy who can imbue the heartbreak ballad "What I'd Say" with such restrained anguish, or handle the Western swing of "Adobe Walls" with such aplomb. Of all the stylish guys in Nashville in 2001, he's the one to keep your eye on. --Alanna Nash ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best of Gary Allen
    "All Right Guy" contains some of Gary Allen's best work to date.This album shows how incredibly versatile his voice is, and showcases some of his greatest talents.Gary Allen is one of todays best county artist.Very traditional sound with a modern twist.

    5-0 out of 5 stars More Than Alright
    This is a great album from Gary Allan. His fourth album shows the honky tonker showcasing more bawdy tunes than he has on his previous albums. The big hit from the album was the #1 hit "Man To Man", which was the third single from the album. Other released singles include the honky tonk driven "Man Of Me" and the ballad "The One". The title track was meant to be the fourth single, which would have been a controversial release, but instead they pushed for a the first single from his SEE IF I CARE album.

    "The Devil's Candy" is one of my favorites, a great uptempo tune with a great chorus. His version of "What I'd Say" is well done, very haunting. "I'm Doing My Best", "I Don't Look Back" and "What's On My Mind" are other good uptempo country tunes. He does country as traditional as it can get, and his voice works well with the material. All this and more makes for a great release from Mr. Allan. Check this one out for sure!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Gary Allan is alright indeed
    Gary Allan's first album of the new millenium, Alright Guy, adds several more hits to his growing resume.Gary shows the full spectrum of his amazing voice, throwing accusations in "Man to Man", making propositions to a spanish waitress in "Adobe Walls", and proving he's a good man in "Alright Guy".While not as searingly hot as his previous release (Smoke Rings In The Dark), this album still deserves recognition and praise. ... Read more

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    Blake Shelton
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Oklahoma-born country newcomer Blake Shelton recently made a big splash with "Austin," his first hit single, a cleverly rendered love ballad built as much on lyric contrivance as inspiration. But Shelton's self-titled debut CD, produced by the great veteran country songwriter Bobby Braddock, also contains quite a few harder-hitting, meatier tunes. "Old Red," for instance, is a twangy and resolutely down-home prison tale that Shelton imbues with growling tongue-in-cheek humor. "Same Old Song" is a subtle but soulful Braddock-penned putdown of the current state of country music, to which Shelton brings all the passion and conviction the song deserves. On the socially conscious "Problems at Home" (which Blake cowrote with Billy Montana and Don Ellis), the young singer laments far weightier issues, like school shootings and the destruction of the Amazon rain forests, with similar fervency. On these songs and others, the twenty-something neo-honk-tonker shows just the kind of musical vision and hard-country instincts that are so woefully lacking in the current crop of Nashville hipsters. --Bob Allen ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great album from Blake.
    I like this album alot because I like a couple of the songs on it. The songs I like on here are: "Austin", "All Over Me", and "Ol' Red" which happens to be almost a western song.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Blake Shelton's the Dreamer!
    Blake Shelton's "The Dreamer" is his Sophmore CD! The album is all country! Songs like "The Baby", "The Dreamer", And "Someday"! just to name a few! Please go get this CD! it's well worth it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hard-Core-Honky-Tonk Is Back!!!
    Take a minute, and turn on your favorite country (radio) station. OK? So, what do you hear?
    Is it country music, or just pop? These days, it's hard to find good; honest, country music.
    Blake Shelton is breath of fresh air in these days of techo-driven, tradition-bashing pop-country
    music. It's hard to even call today's country, country! Could you hear Hank Williams singing
    "I'M GONNA GETCHA GOOD", or Merle Haggard singing "SHE'S MY KIND OF RAIN"? I didn't think so...

    From the get-go, Shelton's album shows that he is no pop act. From the honky-tonk rouser
    "EVERY TIME I LOOK AT YOU", a song that proves you can never forget a heartache - to the
    depseration ballad "ALL OVER ME" (which was co-written by Shelton's hero, Earl Thomas Conley),
    Shelton takes the listener on a journey of the heart.

    "SAME OLD SONG" and "I THOUGHT THERE WAS TIME" are the two stand-out songs on the album.
    Both songs, penned by the legendary BUDDY BRADDOCK (who just happened to produce this album),
    are materpieces - that will no soon be forgotten. "SAME OLD SONG" is a punch-in-the-face to
    artists like Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, Chris Cagle, and Faith Hill. The song; about the sugar-
    coating that goes into making a country song, could very well solidify that Shelton will never
    stray from Traditional Country. "I THOUGHT THERE WAS TIME" brings us back to a sound, much like
    Conway Twitty's singles, in the late 80's - a strong beat, and heavy steel guitar.

    Nashville needs more artists like Blake Shelton. WE need more artists like him, as well... ... Read more

    Asin: B00005M98A
    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Country    2. Country    3. New Traditionalist    4. Pop   


    Clay Walker - Greatest Hits
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (09 June, 1998)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Clay Aiken Greatest Hits
    I was really surprised to here Clay do something so Country and Western.I never really thought of him as much of a cowboy but this CD really changed my mind. If he would have sang country on American Idol he would have won, I'm sure. I would ride off into the sunset with him anyday.

    5-0 out of 5 stars So Glad I bought this CD!
    This CD is a definite "A".Every song is good to listen to and the order chosen is also good.There are a lot of short, upbeat, fun songs ("You're Beginning to get to me", "Then What", "If I could Make a Living", "Who Needs You Baby" and "Only on Days that end in Y") but this CD has so much more to offer than those.There are a lot of sweet romantic songs, it seems to me as if this CD is just a celebration of life.Friendship and love characterize most of the songs, so it's very up-lifting.All in all, a great CD to have and enjoy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow
    I love everything that this youn man does.His voice is truly truly pure talent.This CD is way awesome.This is some of his best work.I can not get enough of this cd or the others he has.Looking for a really great country music stop you have found it. ... Read more

    Asin: B000007NCJ
    Sales Rank: 30822
    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Country    2. Country    3. New Traditionalist    4. Pop   


    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 September, 2000)
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    Editorial Review

    While Nashville's unwritten rules say Terri Clark should just recycle her spunky-yet-slight early hits, she has instead grown more willing to reject New Country formula with each new album. On 2000's Fearless, she eschews the overinflated production and nervous energy of most current country in favor of arrangements that are frequently nothing more than her voice backed by acoustic midtempo rhythm tracks. And her songs, cowritten with folks like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kim Richey, and Beth Nielsen Chapman, have her experimenting with a shoe-gazing angst and have a downright singer-songwriter feel. All interesting developments, but often foiled by vocals that can be oddly tentative, lyrics that search only hard enough to discover different clichés, and stripped-down arrangements that go nowhere. Still, cuts like the easy-rocking "Getting There," where the journey beats the destination, and the spare, closing "Good Mother," where "Be yourself" is repeated like a mantra, hint Clark may still have something substantial to offer, even if it hasn't completely come out yet. --David Cantwell ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars terri's biggest fan
    this is terri clarks best cd. it is sadly her worst selling. i have all of her cd's and this one is the only one that i can listen to over and over again and again. from the opening track to the closing track the songs are magnifiscent. i can't wait to see what terri will releash in the future

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great achievement
    This album was sorely overlooked by critics and country radio. The album got some press here in Canada, and had a few hits, but didn't even make the slightest of a mark in the US. Which is a shame, because FEARLESS is her most mature effort in her career so far. The songwriting is personal and endearing, the music is great. She actually worked with Mary Chapin Carpenter on a few songs, and throws in a few covers. She covers the classic Emmylou Harris song "Easy From Now On" (which Emmylou sings backing vocals on) and also does a very stripped back acoustic version of Jann Arden's hit "Good Mother" (which has Jann on background/harmony vocals). The album had a few singles: "A Little Gasoline", "No Fear", "Empty" and "Getting There". "No Fear" was the biggest hit, a song she used as the theme for the Special Olympics in Canada. "Empty" is a very bare and acoustic ballad that is beautiful, and "Getting There" has a lot of humor and truthness to it. Perhaps, to me at least, the most poignant song is "Midnight's Gone", a song about feeling trapped and held back in a small town even though you have these dreams. "Sometimes Goodbye" is another favorite, great lyrics and message, and it could have been a great single. The album is very sparse in its arrangements, very laid back and acoustic for the most part. Other highlights include "The Real Thing", "Take My Time" and more.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fearless
    As an album by countyr singer Terri Clark, this is one of the better albums by her. why because it is not only the cathcy tunes on the album, but also her insight into the human condition and relationshipof man & woman. But the maturity of behind her voice which she sing especially on EMPTY, and the ultimate kiss-off song A LITTLE GASOLINE and the NO FEAR song also. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004YLO2
    Subjects:  1. Canada    2. Contemporary Country    3. Country    4. Pop   


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