Back When I Knew It All

Back When I Knew It All

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by Montgomery Gentry
     
 

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Since they busted into the big leagues in 1999, Montgomery Gentry's five previous studio albums (and a greatest-hits collection) have all cracked the Country Top Ten. In addition, each album has been certified gold or platinum. Of the 20-plus singles they've released to date, 13 have landed in the Top Ten -- including the title track

Overview

Since they busted into the big leagues in 1999, Montgomery Gentry's five previous studio albums (and a greatest-hits collection) have all cracked the Country Top Ten. In addition, each album has been certified gold or platinum. Of the 20-plus singles they've released to date, 13 have landed in the Top Ten -- including the title track from 2008's Back When I Knew It All. It's a hell of a track record. Montgomery Gentry don't write much of their material, but they don't need to. They have a crack band and a formula that works. They combine good-time outlaw country, hard '70s-style Southern rock (although completely dressed and compressed for the 21st century), and a sense of friendly, next-door-neighbor jocularity on record and a sense of rave-up stadium rock theatricality on tour, making for dedicated -- perhaps even fanatical -- fans. Back When I Knew It All has a terrific lead single that's part nostalgic reverie, part morality tale dressed in a breezy melody and solid 4/4 beat. Another guaranteed fan-pleaser is "One in Every Crowd." It's an anthemic heartland rocker with a crowd-chanting chorus. Written by Eddie Montgomery, Ira Dean, and Kim Tribble, this is redneck John Mellencamp taken to an extreme. It's a song recorded to accompany a video if there ever was one. It's followed by "Look Some More," another big guitar (this time slide), big cinematic piano rocker that is reminiscent of .38 Special. It's another morality tale, where the protagonist speaks to his restlessness and aimless wandering through life without really getting anywhere -- as if confession were enough. The entire album centers on big rocking tunes this time out. There are message songs, but they are disguised as party ravers. There are the obligatory -- for this duo in particular but for contemporary country in general -- spiritually minded tunes like "Roll with Me," the truly bizarre nearly heavy metal opener "The Big Revival," and the beautiful closer "God Knows Who I Am." All of this said, Back When I Knew It All falls prey to what seems to be haunting Nashville in 2008: an album composed of nothing but singles without a unifying thread. The themes are all similar and the tracks are familiar and recognizable, and could be interchanged with songs from any of the duo's other albums, but they don't fit as one. Released in 2006, Some People Change cracked the Top Ten, but it was a bit disappointing saleswise -- despite the fact that it was the most realized, fully fleshed-out set by the group to date. Maybe that's why this recording feels more like a look back to the early days of Tattoos & Scars or Carrying On than it does a logical next step toward growth. The hardcore fans will love it, but this isn't the album that will win over many new ones.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886972281728
catalogNumber:
722817

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Montgomery Gentry   Primary Artist
Toby Keith   Guest Appearance
Pat Buchanan   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
David Grissom   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Chuck Leavell   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Gordon Mote   Organ,Vocals
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Kent Agee   Track Performer
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Mark Hill   Bass
Mel Eubanks   Track Performer
Ryan Dallas Cook   Track Performer
Chris Gillis   Track Performer
Lillie Mae Rische   Guest Appearance
Diana Akin   Track Performer
Jayme Calhoun Paulk   Track Performer
Rachel Calloway   Vocals
Katie Cleek   Track Performer
Missy Evans   Track Performer
Chris Hennessee   Track Performer
MTSU Omega Delta Psi Recording Industry Fraternity   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Teresa Pitt   Track Performer
Daniel Rediger   Track Performer
Hannah Williams   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Dennis Linde   Composer
Terri Clark   Composer
Mills Logan   Engineer
Gordon Mote   Introduction
Angelo Petraglia   Composer
Neil Thrasher   Composer
Brett James   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Tony Lane   Composer
Lori Turk   grooming
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Wendell Mobley   Composer
Kim Tribble   Composer
Tony Castle   Engineer
Ira Dean   Composer
Clint Daniels   Composer
Kevin Fowler   Composer
Eddie Montgomery   Composer
Casey Wood   Engineer
Mel Eubanks   Engineer
Trent Willmon   Composer
Judy Forde Blair   Liner Notes,Creative Producer
David Cory Lee   Composer
Gary Hannan   Composer
Phil O'Donnell   Composer
Brandon Perdue   Engineer
Rachel Calloway   Introduction
MTSU Omega Delta Psi Recording Industry Fraternity   Contributor
Mike Lane   Composer

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Back When I Knew It All 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this duo! They are not afraid to be politically incorrect. I have all their cd's & they are my duo of the year, every year! PS I am NOT the world' biggest CW music fan either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a frequent concert goer and if you want to go to a show where you won't be disapponted, these are the guys to see. They interact really well with the crowd and are true Entertainers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although there are a couple good tracks e.g. the title track the rest of the CD leaves a lot to be desired. It seems the boys have taken a step backwards instead of forwward in overall quality. Too many of the songs seem re-hashed from their previous releases or those of others. The first song on this CD "....revival" is bizarre and doesn't set a very good tone for this somehwat overproduced/non-cohesive CD.
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