MONGTOMERY GENTRY, “Some People Change”
The boys turn in a strong cover of a song that originally appeared on the Kenny Chesney album When The Sun Goes Down. The message is more powerful coming from two guys who have carefully crafted a drinkin’, rebel-rousin’ image. I could do without the choir at the end, but other than that, this is one of their better hits.
TIM McGRAW, “My Little Girl”
So sugary-sweet it can cause cavities. After the dazzling “When The Stars Go Blue”, this one’s a letdown.
FAITH HILL, “Stealing Kisses”
The most deeply moving and eloquent single of her entire career. Hill infuses Lori McKenna’s saga of a slowly sinking housewife with a bittersweet Wynette-worthy vocal. Radio has been playing the sweet fluff off of Fireflies; here’s hoping they stick around as Hill digs much, much deeper.
TODD SNIDER, “Looking For A Job”
Funny and biting, as usual. Snider is a fresh out of prison construction worker issuing a stern warning to his new employer: “Careful what you say to somebody with nothing, it’s almost like having it all.”
CHRIS THILE, “Brakeman’s Blues”
One of the most dizzyingly creative musicians working today previews his latest musical journey, which apparently will include old-time mountain music, complete with vibrant yodeling. A fascinating listen.
THE WRECKERS, “Leave the Pieces”
Somehow I missed reviewing this one. It’s catchy and well-produced, certainly pleasant to listen to. It seems like artists who would’ve fit in on top 40 radio when it was dominated by people like Hootie & The Blowfish and Sheryl Crow are ending up doing country these days. I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing, but until adult top 40 makes a big comeback, the trend is likely to continue.