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Montgomery Gentry

Some People Change – 2006 (Columbia)

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

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Country duos many times place cheerleading over art. Think Brooks & Dunn, Big & Rich, The Judds and all of their combined anthems. Remember, love can build a bridge so save a horse, ride a cowboy - or something like that.

Montgomery Gentry, in following typical pairing form, kicks of its "Some People Change" release with a title track that holds out hope for human behavioral evolution. It is followed up with "Hey Country," a generic salute to country folk, before "Lucky Man" turns gently reflective, while expressing thankfulness.

The resulting CD is solid, if not spectacular music. This disc lacks the slight edge found with Big & Rich and the few killer tracks on Brooks & Dunn releases that set them apart from the pack. This singing is expressive, and the playing is slick, but there is nothing here that will compel you to hit the replay button again and again.

Montgomery Gentry has always come across as style and image over substance. Eddie Montgomery the tough guy, Troy Gentry the pretty boy. They look great in videos, but they don't make the sort of music you listen to with your eyes closed.