on April 1, 2009
This album the follow to kicking stones is even better than kicking stones, there is not a song on this album that you don't want to sing along to or just sit back and listen and remember.
This is a brillant artist from Canada, and i recommend this is a must buy for any music lover out there.
For those of you who are not members of the Tartan Army, or are not familiar with Johnny Reid (by the way-that number of people is getting smaller by the day!) here's the back-story; he was born 34 years ago in the town of Lanark, in Scotland. It's widely accepted that this is also where William Wallace first began his fight for Scottish independence, and some 700 plus odd years later, we have another brave Scot with his own Tartan Army-but this time instead of crushing the English, with a tune and the written word, this Scot is winning over the hearts, minds and feet of a new nation; possibly proving that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword? I'm sorry; I couldn't resist writing that analogy.
This is actually Johnny's fifth album release, and his third with Open Road Recordings. For me what always stood out about Johnny's voice is the rock element, with similarities to Bruce Springsteen, John Hiatt, John Mellencamp, Jim Cuddy and even a little bit to Van Morrison. For an artist who's considered a country performer, this can be a huge benefit, making crossover success possible. Look at the opposite thing happening to John Bon Jovi recently. For Johnny, case in point-the song "Hey O", this song rocks out, yet still has country flair to it, and as "Let's Take It Outside" points out with cowboy boots, old school soul and high heels-party on and rock on.
I wouldn't want to mislead you though, country still takes center stage on the better part of this CD; "A Woman Like You" is a fantastic choice for first single and is a better fit on CMT than on Much More Music. "Dance With Me", which was written for his wife, makes a gesture so powerful that the rest of us 'lowly husbands' should be jealous-but the smarter ones of us will just play the song..and dance. Songs like "Keep Working On Me" and "Slow Down" are again, perfect hybrids of country and basic rock and roll, and "Old Flame" has a slower boogie-woogie country feel that's fresh and contagious. My personal favourite track is "My Old Friend", a touching, deeply personal ode to a special one who has passed on. All in all, this CD is fantastic.