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Number of My Town (2002) Reviews: 1
Formulamatic, though up a star for the title track
Reviewer: John Fitzgerald, Human resources staff database assistant January 22, 2003 Perhaps this is not a good example of Montgomery Gentry but to me this album sounds
like a formulamatic rocking country duo type sound not far removed from Brooks and
Dunn but maybe a little more rocking. This would be a good idea if the hooks went along
with the songs but for the most part they don't, unfortunately. The obvious exception to
the rule is the title track. I dont know why the tinkly piano intro is separated from the
track itself as a separate entity as this was not required but it does flow in nicely anyways
to the actual song on track number two after a few seconds which is an anthemic stomp
with chorus sounding "na na" chants that are the best part of the song though the banjo in
the verse sections isn't a slouch either. This gets us off to a most promising start but then
we don't get our head above water too much after this. "Break my heart again" is a fairly
up tempo country jangler, "Scarecrow" isn't too bad but it perhaps could've used different
arrangements as the faster than normal tempo and mandolin flavorings don't do much for
it the way it stands. "Bad for good" is a sluggish rocker, "Speed" has a "This kiss" type of
feel on the choruses but it's better on the acoustic piano verses. "Hell yeah" is the most
typical formulamatic rocking country raver on the record. "Lonesome" is a mid tempo
country howler featuring steel guitars, "Why do I feel like running" is a stroller with light
harmonica and it's hard on the acoustic guitar led rhythms. "Free fall" really tries, it has
some fair harmonies but it's another somewhat forced rocker. "Lie before you leave"
sounds like it could've been a contender for single material but it needs a better hook.
"For the money" is uptempo and is one of the better tunes on the album but it doesn't
demand the attention needed to make it through. The closing "Good clean fun" is the most
rocking song on the record which has slight Stevie Ray Vaughn growl on the guitar riffs
but not much else to speak of. I could be wrong but it seems like Montgomery Gentry had
a great song in the title track and they felt as though they needed an album to go with it so
they came up with what's on offer here and worked it around the title track and I wouldn't
say that's the best way to make an album necessarily. Maybe those other few times there
was hope in the platter may grow on me though.