With the resurgence of country music over the last few years, the labels involved in putting together the Totally Country packages have had more than enough good material to pick through. The fans, of course, are the big winners.
The usual suspects appear on Totally Country Vol. 4. Montgomery Gentry makes it four in a row as they shout it out for all the workingmen and women on the rowdy "Hell Yeah." Blake Shelton makes his fourth appearance with the monster smash, "Some Beach." Shelton, with the help of a cool island groove, takes us through a day that just seems to get worse as it progresses. Joe Nichols and Brad Paisley return after being shut out of Vol. 3 (both were on Vol. 2) with "Brokenheartsville" and "Little Moments," respectively. Nichols hits a home run; Paisley does not.
Kenny Chesney returns after going MIA for Volumes 2 and 3. The singer soaks up the sun on the shimmering "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems." Traditional kings of country music George Strait and Alan Jackson chip in two recent hits from their growing catalogs. Strait lays his thick baritone overtop a hardcore country production on the heartsore "Desperately." With "That'd Be Alright," Jackson rides a roots-rich wave that includes fiddle and squeeze box. Toby Keith shares his feelings about his favorite watering hole on the measured "I Love This Bar," while Gary Allan sheds a few tears on the sentimental "Tough Little Boys." Sara Evans, one of only two women on the disc, shows off her vocal chops on the poppy "Perfect."
The newcomers steal the show on Vol. 4. From trailer parks to Wall Street, singer/songwriter Gretchen Wilson made being a redneck hip with her stomping breakout hit "Redneck Woman." Big & Rich, who absolutely turned the music industry on its ear in 2004 with their "music without prejudice," plead with the women of the world to do their part in preserving the old west, on the tongue-in-cheek "Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)." Nashville Star season one winner Buddy Jewell offers the emotionally pure "Help Pour Out The Rain (Lacey's Song)," while Tex-Mex trio Los Lonely Boys heat things up with the rhythmic "Heaven."
Once again, the labels have put together a great country compilation. Totally Country Vol. 4 is totally worth the sticker price.
By Todd Sterling
|Artist:||Various Artists - Contemporary Country|
|Number of Discs:||1|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.195|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.92 x 0.39 x 5.86|
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