Tough All Over

Tough All Over

by Gary Allan
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Tough All Over

Stand back, because on Tough All Over, Gary Allan sounds a wee bit ticked off, mostly over some unfortunate mishaps in love that have left him ready to settle scores. That much is evident from the first notes of the title track, which snarl (guitar), scream (fiddle), and wail (harmonica) as Allan bites off a sarcastic lyric aimed at an old lover trying to patch things up. Easing into a heart-tugging, lost-love ballad, "Best I Ever Had," his plaintive emoting starts at a croon and builds to an anguished cry, augmented by a plush, Beatles-like string quartet arrangement and backup vocals. As that song glides to a close, Allan barely takes a breath before crying out, "I just got back from Hell" -- on a track of the same name -- spitting out a report from heartbreak's far shore, whence he's returning "mad at God and you," atop an eerie, echo-laden arrangement that sounds like Ennio Morricone gone Baroque. Kostas' bright, pop-tinged "Ring" is all twangy guitar, peppy pedal steel flights, and buoyant spirits, until Allan croons a clever lyric describing the utter meaninglessness of the gold band in his life now. "Promise Broken," "Puttin' Memories Away," "Putting My Misery on Display" -- these titles and the accompanying hard-edged music and sentiments indicate that surfer dude Allan is riding a pipeline of revenge and retribution, unmercifully torching feckless lovers and luxuriating in his survival instincts. The silver lining is the beautiful piano-fiddle showcase "Life Ain't Always Beautiful," in which he admits to believing good things will come to pass in time. We'll take him at his word.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2005
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0602498645826
catalogNumber: 000371102

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gary Allan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Nathan   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar
Hank Singer   Fiddle
Robby Turner   Pedal Steel Guitar
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Reese Wynans   Hammond Organ
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson   Harmonica
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Jake Kelly   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Composer
Craig Allen   Art Direction
Harley Allen   Composer
Steve Beers   Engineer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Greg Droman   Engineer
Jamie O'Hara   Composer
Mark Wright   Producer,Audio Production
Tommy Lee James   Composer
Gary Allan   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Matthew Scannell   Composer
Matt Warren   Composer
Cyndy Goodman   Composer
Deric Ruttan   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Odie Blackmon   Composer
Todd Gunnerson   Engineer
Ed Hill   Composer
Margaret Findley   Composer

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The gritty words in many of these songs are a perfect match with his edgy, raw singing style. All in all it makes for a fun ride. Just the right about of anger and pain in his voice for the rocker songs, Nicka Jack Cave, He can't quit her and Just got back from hell. Reminds me of Dwight Yoakam's classic breakup line, "Thank you for Teaching me brand new ways to be cruel."
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some very good songs from Gary Allan, I was wondering how the untimely death of his wife would affect the songs he would record for the album. Lots of pain came out in his voice, and there is some interesting sound effects in a few of the songs. All in all, get the album if you are a Gary Allan fan...keep up the good work! Mike G.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've kind of placed Gary Allan on a pedestal in the Country music genere, because I think his music is unique, in that I haven't heard any other quite like his. I don't actually have this album but I'd definitely get it if just for "Best I Ever Had" and "Life Ain't Always Beautiful". The former has a great guitar melody, and Gary's gravely voice really shines, to bring out the overall message of the song. As for "Life Ain't..." I can't think of any other song that has touched me as much as this one has. Not only is it just beautiful, but the message, and Gary's ability to be able to say what this song says, goes to show that even when everything is taken away from you, it's possible to see life for what it really is: "..a beautiful ride." Gary Allan definitely has exceptional strength to be able to deal with the terrible way his wife died, coming out with such a wonderful album only 1 year after the tragedy happened. If you're looking for an album that comes from the heart, look no further, it has arrived!
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