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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2008
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886972281728
  • Catalog Number: 722817

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Big Revival (4:02)
  2. 2 Long Line of Losers (3:48)
  3. 3 Now You're Talkin' (3:24)
  4. 4 Back When I Knew It All (3:59)
  5. 5 Roll with Me (3:53)
  6. 6 One in Every Crowd (3:31)
  7. 7 Look Some More (2:58)
  8. 8 I Pick My Parties (3:22)
  9. 9 One Trip (4:01)
  10. 10 It Ain't About Easy (3:00)
  11. 11 God Knows Who I Am - Lillie Mae Rische (3:15)
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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
Bob Ludwig Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MG ROCKS

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    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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