My Life's Been a Country Song

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
For his fourth album, Chris Cagle has delivered a mostly high-octane workout heavy on the wailing guitars and thundering percussion of '80s arena rock, all in service to the committed performance of meaty songs. Certainly he's singing with an urgency uncommon to his earlier efforts. Even a relatively low-key love song, "If It Isn't One Thing," has an undercurrent of smoldering tension in Cagle's intense, testifying vocal and the edgy electric guitar lines snaking through the arrangement before soaring up and away in the choruses. There's also a kind of bent sense of humor surfacing here, especially in the driving lead-off song, "What Kind of Gone," in which Cagle, ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
For his fourth album, Chris Cagle has delivered a mostly high-octane workout heavy on the wailing guitars and thundering percussion of '80s arena rock, all in service to the committed performance of meaty songs. Certainly he's singing with an urgency uncommon to his earlier efforts. Even a relatively low-key love song, "If It Isn't One Thing," has an undercurrent of smoldering tension in Cagle's intense, testifying vocal and the edgy electric guitar lines snaking through the arrangement before soaring up and away in the choruses. There's also a kind of bent sense of humor surfacing here, especially in the driving lead-off song, "What Kind of Gone," in which Cagle, supported by a clever arrangement that favors tough rock guitars but is punctuated by a banjo plunking away in the background, muses over the various definitions of "gone" after his girl takes a powder on him. Another kind of gone is contemplated in the stomping, guitar-driven pulse of "Never Ever Gone," with Cagle lamenting the gal he can't get out of his mind, "no matter how hard I try to turn it off." Ever the romantic, though, the old boy concludes on an optimistic note in the booming power ballad "Change Me": "You can do anything you need / baby, I want to believe / your love can save me." Co-produced by Cagle and the estimable Scott Hendricks, My Life's Been a Country Song puts the music and the message together in compelling fashion. Chris Cagle is on the verge of something big.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Chris Cagle says that his life is a country song in the title of his fourth album -- a claim that may well be true, but based on this 2008 album his life doesn't sound much like a country song. Cagle, like many country singers of his generation, walks the line between classic rock and mainstream country, which means there's more twang in his voice than there is in the music, no matter how many fiddles and trebly Telecasters are pumped up in the mix. Of course, this hardly represents a change of course for Cagle, who has tread this path since his debut, nor is it really a complaint: it's a statement of fact. Fortunately, Cagle has an earnest, plainspoken charm that keeps his music relatable -- it never seems pumped up for arenas, as some rock-influenced contemporary country does -- and he has to rely hard on that charm here, as he has his blandest set of songs yet. Tellingly, this is a collection that contains no originals from Cagle: every tune was penned by a pro. Some of these are quite strong -- the Rhett Akins-written "Little Sundress" is a bright, summery pop tune, the lead single "What Kinda Gone" is a sturdy slice of rocking country -- and some are simply pleasant pieces of product, like the Mellencamp-lite "No Love Songs." There may be just a little bit more of the latter than there should be, but Cagle helps sell them with his neighborly drawl -- enough for them to be casually enjoyable, if not quite memorable. That may not quite be what Cagle needs at this stage -- he hasn't had a big hit since 2004's "Chicks Dig It" and could use another -- but it's a solid double down the middle, enough to keep his batting average up even if he isn't knocking 'em out of the park.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2008
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094638810629
  • Catalog Number: 88106
  • Sales rank: 94,334

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Cagle Primary Artist
Eric Darken Percussion
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar
Greg Morrow Percussion, Drums
Gordon Mote Piano, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Harry Stinson Background Vocals
Jonathan Yudkin Fiddle, Mandolin
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Neil Thrasher Background Vocals
Troy Lancaster Electric Guitar
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
John Carroll Electric Guitar
John Carroll Electric Guitar
Mike Johnson Lap Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Andy Childs Composer
Chip Davis Composer
John Wiggins Composer
Scott Hendricks Producer, overdub engineer, Audio Production
Justin Niebank Engineer
George Teren Composer
Craig Wiseman Composer
Rhett Akins Composer
Neil Thrasher Composer
Brett James Composer
Tom Shapiro Composer
Drew Bollman Engineer
Jed Hackett Digital Editing
Wendell Mobley Composer
Patrick Thrasher Digital Editing
Steve Mandile Composer
Chris Cagle Producer, Audio Production
Monty Criswell Composer
Blair Daly Composer
Dave Berg Composer
Clayton Mills Composer
Joanna Carter Art Direction
Michelle Hall Art Direction
Candy Cameron Composer
Gregory Becker Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Looking Forward To This Aussome Cd

    I am a PROUD CAGLEHEAD that is very excited about this new cd that I just know is going to get Chris noticed. Lisa

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Much anticipated 4th Album

    I can't wait to hear the full versions of these songs. It sounds like it's going to be another great album form CC.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Even more proud to be a Caglehead

    I think this album will SOAR Chris to where we as Cagleheads know he deserves to be. Good Luck Chris, it's a powerful album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CAGLE FAN 4 LIFE

    OMG........I'm so excited about this new CD from Chris Cagle. The clips sound so AWESOME. And I love his "What Kinda Gone". Thank you so much. ~ Eddie in Nashville

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lovin' Me Some Cagle!!

    This album is going to be GREAT!! We Cagleheads have waited so long for it to be finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The wait is almost over !!!!!!

    The Cagleheads have been waiting a long time for this album!!! I hope this album pushes him to the top where we know he deserves to be!! Good Luck Chris!! We love ya!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Man Is Back!!!

    I love this whole cd. My favorite songs would have to be "I Don't Wanna Live" and "Keep Me From Loving You" im not too crazy about "Change Me" but that may be the sample, the song could be a whole lot better. His voice sounds great and i believe that Chris Cagle is back to stay in the music business. He will go number one and i believe he has about 2 number one hits that are pretty powerful but about 6 that could be top 5. WAY TO GO CHRIS this is my favorite album of all time by you or any other artist ive listened to these samples MANY times over

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    To The Next Level!

    The samples of this album really makes me excited for the release. I am really hoping that this CD will take Chris to the next level of stardom. He is in great voice, has great songs and the support of his fans so here's hopin'!

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    Posted December 22, 2008

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