Time Flies

Time Flies

by John Michael Montgomery
     
 

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It's been four years between John Michael Montgomery's Letters from Home, his final Warner Bros. album, and the independently issued Time Flies, and the veteran country singer throws a couple of curve balls to longtime listeners. Produced by Montgomery and Byron Gallimore, the album has a sound reflecting the post-2005

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It's been four years between John Michael Montgomery's Letters from Home, his final Warner Bros. album, and the independently issued Time Flies, and the veteran country singer throws a couple of curve balls to longtime listeners. Produced by Montgomery and Byron Gallimore, the album has a sound reflecting the post-2005 slickness that the ever-finicky contemporary country market calls its hallmark for this season, but never compromises the singer's trademark identity as one of the best baritones in the business. It kicks off with the rollicking rocker "What Did I Do," a ne'er-do-well's version of a love song that is more braggadocio than substance, but it's uptempo and the best excuse for a drinking song on the whole set. The more staid ballads come next, but Montgomery doesn't sound contented in them. They are full of desire, yearning, loss, regret, and devotion. "Let's Get Lost" is an empathic reassurance to a loved one who is uncomfortable in her present surroundings. The midtempo 4/4 tune is classic Montgomery, as strings, guitars, and slightly edgy fiddles rise and fall with his lines. "If You Ever Went Away," one of the slowest tunes here, is sung with desperation and humility as a B-3 and fingerpicked acoustic guitar offer ready support to the singer. Other notables on the set include the humorous honky tonk nostalgic love song "With My Shirt On," the swaggering two-step "Mad Cowboy Disease," and the devastatingly beautiful "Drunkard's Prayer." It's unlikely that Montgomery will set the charts on fire with Time Flies, but that has more to do with the youth-centric market for contemporary country than the quality of the music here, which is quite consistent and as good as anything out there. Montgomery's still got it: he's a signature performer in a generic business, and what's weird about that is that it might work against rather than for him.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
Label:
Rocket Science
UPC:
0894830002002
catalogNumber:
200

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Performance Credits

John Michael Montgomery   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar
Mike Brignardello   Bass,Bass Guitar
Patrick Buchanon   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Shannon Forrest   Percussion,Drums
Byron Gallimore   Synthesizer,Electric Guitar
Tony Harrell   Synthesizer,Piano,Wurlitzer
Brent Mason   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass,Bass Guitar
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Tim Williams   Bass
Rusty VanSickle   Background Vocals
Marty Dillingham   Drums
Kimo Forrest   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Steve Stokes   Fiddle
Byron Sutton   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Greg Barnhill   Composer
Daryl Burgess   Composer
Byron Gallimore   Producer,Audio Production
Julian King   Engineer
John Kunz   Producer,Engineer
John Michael Montgomery   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
George Teren   Composer
Karen Cronin   Art Direction
Jeremy Popoff   Composer
Kelley Lovelace   Composer
Jameson Clark   Composer
Randy Houser   Composer
Lee Thomas Miller   Composer
Jamey Johnson   Composer
James T. Slater   Composer
Gary Hannan   Composer
Dan Demay   Composer
Luke Bryan   Composer
Phil O'Donnell   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer
Arlis Albritton   Composer
George Molton   Composer
Kimo Forrest   Producer,Engineer
Jon Maddux   Composer

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