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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Carnivores, rejoice! Those burly boys Montgomery Gentry are back for a fifth album of meat-and-potatoes country rock. Drums thunder, guitars scream and wail, background choruses shout and shout some more, and Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry declaim their tales about hard partying, fondly remembered old times, and working hard for every material reward. They even get into some sensitive areas with a booming power ballad, "Lucky Man," that celebrates the simple pleasures of "supper in the oven, and a good woman's lovin'." Evincing a populist bent in the Troy Gentry co-write, "Takes All Kinds," the fellows diss conformity and heap praise on the varieties of characters who ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Carnivores, rejoice! Those burly boys Montgomery Gentry are back for a fifth album of meat-and-potatoes country rock. Drums thunder, guitars scream and wail, background choruses shout and shout some more, and Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry declaim their tales about hard partying, fondly remembered old times, and working hard for every material reward. They even get into some sensitive areas with a booming power ballad, "Lucky Man," that celebrates the simple pleasures of "supper in the oven, and a good woman's lovin'." Evincing a populist bent in the Troy Gentry co-write, "Takes All Kinds," the fellows diss conformity and heap praise on the varieties of characters who make the world go 'round, in a muscular, churning tune that soars on the strength of snarling, coiling guitar lines, a rich burst of organ fills and urgent, insistent harmonizing throughout. The monster party-hearty outing here is "Hey Country," a jittery, guitar-heavy and consciously anthemic celebration of "shotguns, halter tops, six-packs, a Firebird" -- the eternal verities, in other words, and the fellas get into some country rapping in the verses before leading the chorus in boozy shouts. In short, the sum of human experience is condensed into the aforementioned songs as well as irresistible ditties such as the roiling, bluesy "A Man's Job," a bitter screed blistering a woman who left her older, responsible paramour for a lazy stud muffin of tender years; and a driving, spitfire rocker about paying dues, "Free Ride In the Fast Lane." Some People Change, but not these two.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Since the release of Tattoos & Scars in 1999, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry have been making consistently fine country-rock records and videos (the latter thanks in large part to the wonderful director Trey Fanjoy). While their albums translate to CMT and GAC -- and of course to the Billboard charts -- the duo has never been comfortable making one kind of recording. They dig deep with their producers -- in this case Mark Wright is primary -- to find the best songs and let them rip. Guitars roar, wail, and whisper, and Montgomery Gentry's wonderfully contrasting voices and passionate, down-home delivery tie them to the great traditions of both rock and country. They've consistently sent out a message of tolerance -- but they demanded to be tolerated as well. (Do we ever need that message in a nation as deeply divided as the United States in 2006.) Each successive album has been a hit, and deservedly so. Some People Change, however, is a step above. These two fellas have a way with a song. Kenny Chesney was the first to record the wonderful "Some People Change" by Michael Dulaney/Jason Sellers/Neil Thrasher. Given that it's a great song, nobody could do a bad job with it, and Chesney's was better than decent. But it simply turns to gray in lieu of the treatment given it by Montgomery Gentry, with a blend of acoustic and electric guitars that wind together before Montgomery's deep baritone lays out the contrast in the lyric: "His ole man was a rebel yeller/Bad boy to the bone, he'd say/Can't trust that feller/He'd judge 'em by the tone/Of their skin...." A wah-wah peddle floats atmospherically and a synth slips in gently and Montgomery continues: "He was raised to think like his dad/Narrow mind, fulla hate/On the road to nowhere fast/Until the grace of God got in the way/And he saw the light and hit his knees and cried and said a prayer/Rose up a brand new man and left the old one right there...." The guitars build to an almost unbearable tension and finally break with a B-3 announcing Gentry's arrival on the refrain, which is an anthem: "Here's to the strong/Thanks to the brave/Don't give up hope/Some people change/Against all odds/Against the grain/Love finds a way/Some people change...." Simply put, the song addresses race, class, religion, and (later) addiction, as well as hope, tolerance, and the willingness to believe redemption is possible in any situation. When was the last time a country recording addressed topics like this in a single tune that opened an album? When a gospel choir enters near the end to join the pair on the refrain with soloing guitars and tight, clipped drums, it becomes transcendent. It's one of those tunes that defines something that lies at the heart of what is good about Americans. True to form, however, Montgomery Gentry aren't about to have their music co-opted by anybody -- left or right -- and the very next cut, "Hey Country," quotes from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Jr., Marshall Tucker, funk, and hip-hop, and is a true redneck rabble-rouser. Killer metal guitars, banjos, funky basslines, and chanted choruses all war with each other and finally come to an equal level to make this the best tune that's never been on rock & roll radio. "Lucky Man" is a pure country song, and it updates "I Ain't Got It All That Bad" from You Do Your Thing. Its protagonist -- Montgomery in this case -- is older, wiser, and even more grateful. Here again, it's a message tune, but one that is poignant no matter what color collar you wear, whether or not you support the President of the United States, and whatever religion you choose -- including none at all. The steel guitar whines ring above the impeccably recorded vocals while the electric guitars and tom-toms pop and jump to underscore the lyric. That's how the album goes, without a filler cut in the bunch. Other notables include a woolly country-rocker "It Takes All Kinds" -- it would be a great second single -- that also celebrates American difference. These guys know how to use a B-3, electric guitars, and drums as a basic function of carrying song lyrics, not as merely accompaniment. There are broken love songs ("Your Tears Are Comin'") and faithful ones ("If You Wanna Keep an Angel," a rock & roll country song with an amazing chorus of backing vocalists). There are paeans to lost fathers from stubborn -- and newly wizened -- sons ("20 Years Ago"), and a gorgeous ballad written by Montgomery called "Clouds." A piano carries his voice, cracking, breaking, and utterly sincere in its sadness and tenderness. When synths shimmer in the background, they don't intrude, just color. This is an elegy that, one more time, offers a portrait of the sheer diversity and range of this band's ability to deliver songs with conviction, sass, grit, and softness whenever necessary. Some People Change is one of the many things that's right with mainstream country music in the new millennium. It's brave and it looks for commonality, not to define people but to celebrate them. Its tone is balanced and even and wild and raucous, all at the same time. Country taught rock & roll plenty in the past and there is no doubt that rock & roll is influencing modern country presently -- and this album is a showcase of that. Both are the better for it. Some People Change is a new pinnacle for the duo. It feels like it was conceived as an album, not merely as a collection of songs or singles, and to the credit of Montgomery Gentry, they execute it like one. It's a masterpiece; listeners need more records that aspire to this kind of excellence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969488829
  • Catalog Number: 94888
  • Sales rank: 71,412

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Montgomery Gentry Primary Artist
Eric Darken Percussion
Scott Baggett Bagpipes
Robert Bailey Background Vocals
Bekka Bramlett Background Vocals
Pat Buchanan Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica
Everett Drake Background Vocals
Dan Dugmore Acoustic Guitar, Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest Drums
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Kenny Greenberg Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
Tony Harrell Piano, Hammond Organ
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar
Greg Morrow Percussion, Drums
Wendy Moten Background Vocals
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Russ Pahl Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Billy Panda Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Shandra Penix Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes Bass Guitar
Brent Rowan Electric Guitar
Crystal Taliefero Background Vocals
Reese Wynans Piano, Hammond Organ
Neil Thrasher Background Vocals
Emily Harris Background Vocals
Jeffrey Steele Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Stephen Mackey Bass Guitar
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Janice Corder Background Vocals
Danny Myrick Background Vocals
Jenkins Edward Background Vocals
Angela Bennett Shelton Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jeff Balding Engineer
Steve Beers Audio Production
David Campbell String Arrangements
Greg Droman Engineer, Audio Production
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Gary Nicholson Composer
George Teren Composer
Mark Wright Producer
Tom Hambridge Composer
Neil Thrasher Composer
Tom Shapiro Composer
Jeffrey Steele Composer, Producer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner Art Direction
Matt Anderson Engineer
Mellissa Schleicher grooming
Rivers Rutherford Composer, Producer
Jason Sellers Composer
Michael Dulaney Composer
Joey Turner Engineer
Danny Myrick Composer
J.C. Monterrosa Engineer
Troy Gentry Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Eddie Montgomery Composer, Producer
Anthony Smith Composer
Leslie Richter Engineer
Chip Matthews Engineer
Steve Blackmon Engineer, Audio Production
Tony Mullins Composer
David Beano Hall Engineer
Judy Forde Blair Liner Notes
Bart Allmand Composer
David Cory Lee Composer
Dave Turnbull Composer
Brett Jones Composer
Gary Hannan Composer
Houston Robert Composer
Phil O'Donnell Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
Matt Andersen Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    JUST GETTING BETTER AND BETTER

    I've already been a big fan of theirs, but this album has made me even more so. I recently saw them in concert, which was the first time I heard the ballad "Clouds". Even if you haven't lost someone close to you, the cracking of Eddie's voice as he sings it is enough to bring a tear to anyone's eyes. I prefer their more upbeat songs, which they do great at on this album. Overall, awesome job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kenny's is better

    Kenny Chesney Sang this song first and it is so much better..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    JDO RN music/book lover

    I love these rowdy guys!! They rock. My favorites "If you wanna keep an angel'" Some people change & What do you think about that?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great song

    will so far ive only herd the title track from the album off the radio and saw the video. a great song that sends a positive message / plus all there other songs are great also

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