Gentry - Some People Change
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
of country musicís favored duos and the 2000 CMA Vocal Duo
of the Year, Montgomery Gentry, has released a new album. Some
People Change is an apt title. And while it suggests a new
direction, MG has proven to be reliable with a hot blend of
what they deliver best Ėcountry with gritty attitude. And
across this, their fifth album, attitude, loyalty,
introspection, blue-collar pride and family values are the
recognize the realism in our music," tells Troy Gentry in
their publicity flier. "Weíre not trying to candy coat
anything. Who we are is who we are. Itís all about being
real, being yourself, and playing real music to the
And playing real music to the people is the
delivered promise on this album from CMTís Most Played Duo
of 2005. From the title track, to the hurt and pain of loss,
to the revitalized spirit of opportunity, to the mellow
reflections that twenty years isnít a long-time, these guys
from Kentucky show how 10-plus years of sharing the road and
the load pays off.
With some of Nashvilleís elite including
Jeffrey Steele (NSAI Songwriter of the Year for 2005/6) and
respected producer Mark Wright, the 12 tracks move beyond the
duoís brand of hard-core familiarity, to arrive with a
new-found sense of purpose.
The title cut proves the point. People do
and more importantly, can change. The song skirts the social
ills of racism and alcohol dependence, but in the tune written
by Michael Dulaney, Neil Thrasher and Jason Sellers, the seed
of hope comes firmly planted. Attitude and a willing mind can
bring real and lasting results.
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."
The track is a musical signpost to other
nuggets exploring the human condition. A tune mapping the
shift in family and attitude is the poignant "Twenty
Years Ago". It rings with a familiar knowing, namely:
time explains everything. The older we become, the wiser we
become. A rebel son has family fallout with his dad and after
a fist fight, he leaves home. Anger and annoyance at the firm
rules of a hard-nosed dad "built with blue-collar sweat
and blood, a squared jaw and a crew cut" keep the son
away. That is until he hears Dad is dying. He hops a plane and
in a moment of meeting and remembrance, the years and the
issues of separation disappear. If youíve every wandered
from home, left because of rules and expectations from your
parents, reconnection is a powerful energy Ė this song
Other emotion probing tracks include the
celebratory "Lucky Man". The need not to look at our
losses, but, rather, value what we have left is a tool for
modern living and a self-serving cure for torment removal.
With a keen and clear melding of the voices, MG nails the
lyrical when the tune is reflective or calls for more than
toe-tapping accompaniment. "Clouds" is such a tune
Ė melodic, honest, sad and heartfelt. Eddie Montgomery sings
with conviction, when he looks to the clouds above and wonders
if the rain means tears, or the sun happiness, from departed
Than That" cranks the volume a notch or two. Itís a
high school reunion song. The songís message is simple:
people donít really change much, despite the years. They
really are who they really were. Marital merriment comes with
"A Manís Job". Watching a romantic dalliance from
the losing husbandís perspective, the tune is comical; but
you canít help grasp the truth of familiar suburban secrets
of older women and keen, younger men.
ďHey Country" is a rebel
yell rocker, while "If You Wanna Keep An Angel" is
positive advice for relationship stability, and the closing
guitar-fuelled kicker, "Free Ride In The Fast Lane",
is something Saturday night karaoke revelers will sing until
Over all, this is a keeper. But
then this is Montgomery Gentry and thatís enough said. Some
people do change, but thankfully not too much.
If youíre looking for a Christmas stocking stuffer, youíve
found it; the albumís out now on Sony BMG.
Click on the CD cover to order yours!
1. Some People Change
2. Hey Country
3. Lucky Man
4. Takes All Kinds
5. Your Tears Are Comin'
7. Twenty Years Ago
8. What Do Ya Think About That
9. Redder Than That
10. A Man's Job
11. If You Wanna Keep An Angel
12. Free Ride In The Fast Lane