Darryl Worley

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
On his last disc, Have You Forgotten?, hard-country newcomer Darryl Worley topped the charts with his topical, prowar sentiment. This time around, however, the Tennessee-bred performer turns his attention closer to home, devoting much of this self-titled effort to family: the issues that hold blood kin together and tear them apart. On the thumping, rocking "Awful Beautiful Life," Worley sings of a typical Sunday afternoon featuring food, squabbling, and lots of love amid some tears. On "If Something Should Happen," a tuneful, mid-tempo shuffle replete with twanging guitar and moaning pedal steel, he takes the role of a man appealing to his friends to take care of his ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
On his last disc, Have You Forgotten?, hard-country newcomer Darryl Worley topped the charts with his topical, prowar sentiment. This time around, however, the Tennessee-bred performer turns his attention closer to home, devoting much of this self-titled effort to family: the issues that hold blood kin together and tear them apart. On the thumping, rocking "Awful Beautiful Life," Worley sings of a typical Sunday afternoon featuring food, squabbling, and lots of love amid some tears. On "If Something Should Happen," a tuneful, mid-tempo shuffle replete with twanging guitar and moaning pedal steel, he takes the role of a man appealing to his friends to take care of his loved ones if he doesn't survive a surgical procedure. A love affair's end dominates some barflies' besotted conversation in the surging "I Love Her, She Hates Me," with a screaming fiddle and a foreboding top-strings guitar lick evoking the protagonist's anguish. "Work and Worry," paired here as paths to destruction, takes off from a shambling honky-tonk shuffle into a horn-driven Dixieland party. On a note of social responsibility, in "Wake Up America" Worley rips the drug culture as "a poison...spreading like a bad disease," tearing families and small towns apart, in an atmospheric, swirling arrangement that alternates deliberate, measured verses with propulsive, guitar-powered choruses. Worley has a rich, expressive voice, and at times his sound evokes a young Merle Haggard, especially on tender ballads such as the hymnlike "What Makes a Man Do That." The voice, the texts, and the arrangements make Darryl Worley an effective and moving portrait of this promising artist.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This self-titled effort is album number three and a half for Darryl Worley, if you count his last release, 2003's Have You Forgotten?, largely cobbled together from his first two albums to cash in on the jingoistic single of the same name which in turn was made to cash in on the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq and featuring only six new songs, as half an album. Actually, Worley might have been better advised to wait a little longer before putting out a new disc, but then he and his advisors may have wanted to reposition him quickly from his flag-waving persona of 2003; the press release for this album claims it "completely reinvents him as an artist." If so, it reinvents him as a man somewhat humbled by world events, but still interested in them. In "Awful Beautiful Life," the single released long in advance of the album, he mentions in the song's bridge a cousin serving in Iraq mispronounced "EYE-rack," of course, adding "We're all aware that he may never make it back." "Wake Up America" the title should have a comma after "Up" sounds like it's going to be a political diatribe from the title, but it turns out to be a lament about drug addiction, an interesting cause for a singer whose songs are sopping with alcohol. More like it is the character of Earl, the protagonist of "I Love Her, She Hates Me," whose reply to every question, whether about Wall Street or football, is, "I love her, she hates me, I drink." Worley and his 18 fellow songwriters are steeped in standard country music subject matter: drinking, cheating, drinking, redemption, drinking, murder, drinking, being Southern, and drinking. They describe these subjects in lyrics that are filled with near and not-so-near rhymes in one song, the word "drink" is rhymed with "tank," "gain," "game," "thing," and "lane" and littered with clich├ęs, and Worley's backup musicians play typical country music with rock rhythms, a fiddle and a steel guitar never out of the mix for long. Worley has a serviceable but basically anonymous low tenor. This is nearly generic Nashville product, but Worley performs it with conviction, and that earns him his moment in the sun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2004
  • Label: Dreamworks Nashville
  • UPC: 602498620731
  • Catalog Number: 000232202
  • Sales rank: 82,178

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Darryl Worley Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion, Vibes
Curtis Wright Background Vocals
Matt Davich Clarinet
Kevin Grantt Bass Guitar
Steve Hinson Dobro, Steel Guitar
Greg Morrow Percussion, Drums, Shaker
Neal Rosengarden Trumpet
Brent Rowan Electric Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Melodie Crittenden Choir, Chorus
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Hi String
Kim Parent Choir, Chorus
Wes Hightower Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jim "Moose" Brown Piano, Hammond Organ
Sharif Iman Choir, Chorus
Chris Stapleton Background Vocals
Joe Murphy Tuba
Technical Credits
Tim Owens Composer
Buddy Brock Composer
Harley Allen Composer
Neal Cappellino Engineer
Steve Short Engineer
Brian David Willis Engineer
Tom Shapiro Composer
Jason Lehning Engineer, Digital Editing
Kim Williams Composer
Jerry Salley Composer
Adam Hatley Digital Editing
Steve Leslie Composer
Casey Beathard Composer
Wynn Varble Composer
Darryl Worley Composer
Richard Barrow Engineer
Brady Barnett Digital Editing
Frank Rogers Composer, Producer, Audio Production
"Loopy Dave" Willis Digital Editing
Darren Welch Art Direction
Dave Turnbull Composer
Dan Demay Composer
Chris Stapleton Composer
Don Poythress Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An album you will keep listening to

    I purchased Darryl Worley's new album after seeing him in concert. This has become my newest listen to over and over again CD. A lot of fun songs mixed with a lot of though provoking songs. Through and through a great effort by Darryl and his band.

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