Alright Guy

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
If Gary Allan's third album, 1999's Smoke Rings in the Dark, marked his coming-of-age as an artist, his 2001 disc Alright Guy is a mission statement printed in boldface type. Alright Guy gives mainstream Nashville only a nod, most obviously in the pounding drum sound that's ubiquitous in Music City nowadays. Otherwise Allan stays right where he wants to be: somewhere between Bakersfield and Austin, in a place where pedal steels cry and moan, electric guitars slice and wail, and Allan's sturdy tenor and sly phrasing evoke a classic country image of tough-minded masculinity tempered by an open, loving heart -- one embodied by his California brethren Merle, Buck, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
If Gary Allan's third album, 1999's Smoke Rings in the Dark, marked his coming-of-age as an artist, his 2001 disc Alright Guy is a mission statement printed in boldface type. Alright Guy gives mainstream Nashville only a nod, most obviously in the pounding drum sound that's ubiquitous in Music City nowadays. Otherwise Allan stays right where he wants to be: somewhere between Bakersfield and Austin, in a place where pedal steels cry and moan, electric guitars slice and wail, and Allan's sturdy tenor and sly phrasing evoke a classic country image of tough-minded masculinity tempered by an open, loving heart -- one embodied by his California brethren Merle, Buck, and Dwight. The screw-up Allan describes in the wry title song can't figure out why he's been dumped, but when Allan sings, with a hilarious mixture of incomprehension and sincerity, the line "I think I'm an alright guy," you gotta love his blank slate of a mind. That character, in less clueless form, shows up all over the songs here, from the roiling "The Devil's Candy" -- which heightens the story of a fellow who can't resist the dark side with insistent, angular fiddle lines -- to the mournful ballad "What I'd Say," which uses a twangy, lonely guitar to buttress the singer's dilemma over whether to plead for a woman's forgiveness or to tell her to go to hell. The dreamy "Adobe Walls" takes a jazzy turn, and the album closes with Bruce Robison's "What Would Willie Do," a low-key homage to the Red Headed Stranger for his resilience, compassion, and zest for life, no matter the troubles dogging him some of which are enumerated here. Sounds like Gary Allan's got a plan.
All Music Guide - Michael Gallucci
Gary Allan's fourth album honors traditional honky tonk and American music without dripping into the sentimentality that bogs down so many of his contemporaries. The singing is better here than on anything he's ever done, and the song selection -- ranging from a Todd Snider cover to a nice Bruce Robison-penned closer called "What Would Willie Do" -- is sharp and smart. Alright Guy presents a look at country music that bucks tradition while keeping the faith.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2001
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 008817020129
  • Catalog Number: 170201
  • Sales rank: 40,759

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Man to Man (3:43)
  2. 2 The Devil's Candy (2:32)
  3. 3 What I'd Say (3:38)
  4. 4 Man of Me (3:28)
  5. 5 Adobe Walls (4:17)
  6. 6 What's on My Mind (3:00)
  7. 7 Alright Guy (4:22)
  8. 8 The One (4:19)
  9. 9 I'm Doin' My Best (3:46)
  10. 10 I Don't Look Back (3:04)
  11. 11 What Would Willie Do (5:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gary Allan Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Greg Droman Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    gary makes country look GOOD man!!!

    it doesent matter what kind of music u like u would love this guy alright guy was a crack up and some others were like the one its a graet song 4 a wedding or whatever and man of me and man 2 man r so good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gary Allan does it again

    I loved the singles "The One" and "Man to Man" and I already had "Smoke Rings in the Dark" so I bought this and went straight home to listen to it and found myself laughing out loud when listening to "Alright Guy", "Doin' My Best" is funny too, but I really like "What I'd Say" and "Adobe Walls" and I still listen to those singles that made we want it in the first place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I don't even like country music, but I like this!

    I don't even like country music, but my mom bought this album and I'm glad she did! "What I'd Say" is a song that I'm sure a lot of people can relate to, and the title track is laugh-out-loud funny. Check it out, even if you're not a country fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just very darn good

    Every track gets better with every extra spin. The music ranges from soft'n cutting to a rollickin' good time. Each song demonstrates Allan's clear focus and vision of his notion of country music. Thanks for sharing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alrighty then!

    I think this guy knows what he's doing. He's got a great voice, writes great lyrics and can play the guitar like a riot. Everyone that I know that has heard this album loves it. if you don't own it yet you should pick it up because it is true quality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good time

    They are the very best that he has done yet and he just keeps getting better. Man to Man is the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alright Guy - better than alright CD

    this CD is so good. I love Gary Allan so much and i am always afraid that his next CD is going to drop the ball and pale in comparison to all the rest but this one totally doesn't. The vocals, the guitar: everything about it is really catchy and listener friendly. I love it! If you like Gary Allan or even if you don't, this is a really good CD and you should totally pick it up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Alright Guy'' has struck ''Gold''

    All the tracks on this CD are truly awesome. Each song Gary sings on this CD is so different from the ''Smoke Rings in the Dark'' CD. My personal favorite is ''Adobe Walls', which is great departure from the rock and roll songs Gary usually sings. ''Alright Guy'' song is so funny. This is must have for a true die-hard Gary Allan fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gary Allan is more than an Alright Guy!!

    This new music is great.I can't wait to buy it. I have been waiting for his new release and here it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What an Alright Guy

    Can't wait for this CD to be released. Gary's first single ''Man of Me'' is burning up the country charts and also the video charts. He is one ''Sexy Alright Guy''. His previous CD's are a must have for Gary Allan die-hard fans. His voice is one of a kind.

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