When I received Brantley Gilbert’s new CD in the mail, I was really anxious to listen to it. The CD is called “Halfway to Heaven,” and it is being released today. I’ve been listening to it for the past few days. Part of the reason was to try to figure out what I really think of it. Because I’m still not exactly sure.
Back in October, I did a review of Brantley’s first CD, “A Modern Day Prodigal Son.” That was the first I’d really heard anything about Brantley. I like the CD. The music is country. The kind of country I like to listen to.
But, it seems like Brantley is trying to change his image or something. There is such a difference in the music on “A Modern Day Prodigal Son” and the music on “Halfway to Heaven,” it’s almost like I’m listening to two different artists.
“Halfway To Heaven” started out faster, louder, the intros were too long, they weren’t like ‘old country,’ and they certainly weren’t like ‘new country’ either. So I’m not sure what I was listening to. Words that came to mind when I was listening were things like “rock-a-billy” and “country rock.”
When I got past the surprise of hearing the first song, “Hell on Wheels,” I actually liked the second one better. “Bending the Rules and Breaking the Law” is a song about some of the things we do, and mistakes we make in our lives, that helped to make us the person we are today.
The third one, much better – “Back in the Day” slows things down a little bit, and reminds me more of the Brantley I heard on his first CD. This song, like “My Kinda Crazy”, which you’ll hear in the number 4 spot on the CD, lets us hear that softer side of Brantley Gilbert. In fact, I’ve listened enough to have decided that “My Kinda Crazy” is my favorite song on the CD.
Maybe I’m too old to really appreciate “Kick It In The Sticks.” I don’t like it very much. I’m not saying it won’t do well on the country charts, and I’m sure Brantley’s fans are going to love it. But for me … it’s one i might actually skip over from time to time, to get to “Halfway to Heaven,” which I did like. I also liked “Saving Amy,” so maybe with me and Brantley’s music – I just seem to prefer the slower ones.
“Country Must be Country Wide,” “Take It Outside,” “Them Boys,” “Fall Into Me,” and “Dirt Road Anthem” complete this 12-track CD. I like “Them Boys” a lot. And that one was co-written by Colt Ford, Brantley and Mike Dekle. They also co-wrote “Country Must be Country Wide.” Colt Ford even sings on “Dirt Road Anthem.
While this CD has a few songs that will certainly never be among my favorites, I suppose that’s probably true of a lot of albums. My overall opinion is that the CD is definitely something his fans are going to enjoy listening to. I believe Brantley Gilbert is someone we all need to keep our eye on. With a lot of diversity, he will certainly be pulling a lot of fans into his corner.
CONTEST: We have three copies of Brantley’s new CD to offer as contest prizes. If you would like your chance to win one, just fill out the entry form below. Three winners will be selected at random on Tuesday, March 28, 2010, at 5 p.m.
CONTEST ENDED MARCH 28, 2010. WINNERS WERE ANNOUNCED MARCH 29, 2010.
Good luck! I’ll talk to you all real soon!