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Some People Change by Montgomery Gentry
Released: Oct 2006
Label: Columbia
Montgomery Gentry dare to push country music past its limiting song-structured margins on Some People Change. "Hey Country" kicks off with a strutting intro reminiscent of Heart's "Magic Man" before dipping into hip-hop-inspired phrasing and '70s funk-derived rhythms while simultaneously name checking Marshall Tucker and quoting Hank Williams Jr. and Lynyrd Skynyrd. If the title track sounds familiar, it's because Kenny Chesney recorded it first, but Montgomery Gentry's take on it sounds like the turbo version of the song, especially with that uplifting gospel choir rejoicing at the end.
Eric Shea
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