Some things are definitely worth the wait – and Montgomery Gentry’s first studio album since 2008 is one of those things. I received an advanced copy of the new CD a few weeks ago, and was asked if I could put something up about it ‘close to the release date.” Well, I didn’t mean to wait this long, but I think I’ve listened to it every day since I got it, and somehow, the fact that I was supposed to be writing a review just got away from me.
So, with the release date tomorrow, and several weeks of listening to “Rebels on the Run,” I do believe I’m ready to let you all know what I think of this new Montgomery Gentry album.
Before I tell you about the album though – let me tell you what the guys are doing — they are also giving fans the chance to win a completely custom Demented Cycles Chopper through a ‘golden ticket’ that will be found in one copy of the CD. You can get more information about all this at their new web site.
The CD’s 11 songs include their current single, “Where I Come From” – the other songs are “Damn Right I Am,” “Ain’t No Law Against That,” “Damn Baby,” “Empty,” “I Like Those People,” “Rebels on the Run,” “Simple Things,” “Missing You,” “So Called Life”, and “Work Hard, Play Harder.”
I really like the whole album, but I have a favorite song already. I like “Rebels on the Run” a lot, and it would seem to make sense that they will choose that for their next single – I don’t know that they will, I just think it makes sense. But it wouldn’t be my pick.
I would put “I Like Those People” out to country radio and see where it goes. I like the melody. I like words, and by now, I find myself singing right along with it. It’s not fast, it’s not slow, it’s somewhere in the middle, and it’s just a good song … “They don’t kick you when you’re down, judge you when you make a mistake. They’re the first to come around, help you out whatever it takes. They’re the salt of the earth, honest as rain, a light when your world turns dark, and if it falls on your shoulders and you need to hide out, they won’t tell a soul where you are. They stick together like birds of a feather, treat you like family. I like those people, and they like me.” This is a good song.
The slowest one on this album is “Missing You.” I like it, a lot, too. There aren’t any songs on the CD I don’t like. And that surprises me a little bit. I have seen the guys in concert twice – once at our Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tenn., that was probably 10 years ago, and I saw them in 2003 when they opened for Toby Keith at Thompson Bolling Arena in Knoxville. And I remember thinking they were a little bit too ‘rock’ for me. Now I’m beginning that either I’ve changed, or they have. Because I like everything I’m hearing out of the duo these days.
“Work Hard Play Harder” reminds me a whole lot of “Hell, Yeah!” Same kind of music, same kind of sound, and a good song. So if I had to put these 11 songs in order, from the one I like best to the one I like least – I’d have to put this one in the ‘least’ spot. But I’m just glad I don’t have to do that.
It’s a great CD, and I highly recommend it to all country music fans. And who knows – you might be the one that ends up with that custom Demented Cycles Chopper.