RELEASE
February 28, 2012
LABEL
Black River
GENRES
Country, Contemporary Country

Album Review

On his first album of new material since 2008's That's Why, Morgan stakes out ground that's as much rock as country, with slick production and high-powered electric guitars adding plenty of commercial muscle to the tracks. The main attraction remains Morgan's voice, a pleasing Southern growl that brings the lyrics to life, even when they skirt the boundaries of cliché as they do on the salute to down-home life "More Trucks Than Cars" and "I Didn't Drink," where his emotional vocal makes what could have been a maudlin tune into a real tear jerker. Morgan co-wrote seven of the album's 12 tracks, and they're some of the record's strongest cuts. "Corn Star" blends screaming rock guitars and banjo for a solid, heavy metal country tune with a G-rated lyric that manages to sound slightly sleazy. "Love Loves a Long Night," another smoldering love song, is more serious, but just as sexy, while "Being Alive and Livin'," a salute to the extreme sports Morgan enjoys in his time off the road, is full of rock & roll attitude. Other strong tracks include the hit "This Ole Boy," a twangy rocker with a stomping two-step beat and a clever tongue twisting lyric; "Show Me Your Tattoo," a salacious rocker with a bit of fiddle and pedal steel to make it sound marginally country, and the midtempo country rocker "Better Stories," a tongue in cheek celebration of self-destructive behavior.
j. poet, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. This Ole Boyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/this-ole-boy/id499353519?uo=5
  2. More Trucks Than Carshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/this-ole-boy/id499353519?uo=5
  3. The Whole World Needs a Kitchenhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/this-ole-boy/id499353519?uo=5
  4. Country Boys Like Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/this-ole-boy/id499353519?uo=5
  5. Show Me Your Tattoohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/this-ole-boy/id499353519?uo=5
  6. Love Loves a Long Nighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/this-ole-boy/id499353519?uo=5
  7. Being Alive and Livin'http://itunes.apple.com/album/this-ole-boy/id499353519?uo=5
  8. Fish Weren't Bitin'http://itunes.apple.com/album/this-ole-boy/id499353519?uo=5
  9. Better Storieshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/this-ole-boy/id499353519?uo=5
  10. I Didn't Drinkhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/this-ole-boy/id499353519?uo=5
  11. Corn Starhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/this-ole-boy/id499353519?uo=5
  12. Summer Moonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/this-ole-boy/id499353519?uo=5