With their latest release, Some People Change, Montgomery Gentry goes far beyond their past efforts, bringing a new level of maturity into play that was foreshadowed on their last album, My Town. Make no mistake, the boys are not even thinking of hanging up their party shoes. It’s just that ballads like “Lucky Man” are reminiscent of old school country, with blue collar lyrics that recount all of the things the songwriter has to be thankful for. And then there’s Eddie Montgomery’s beautiful “Clouds,” a deeply personal song he wrote for his son (who was killed at 3 in an auto accident) and his father who also passed away around the same time. It’s an amazing song.
“Hey Country” finds the boys back in the rowdy, party mood, even tipping the hat to The Marshall Tucker Band, and “Redder Than That” is another of the guys redneck anthems, and a good one.
“Free Ride in the Fast Lane” is reminiscent of Lynyrd Skynyrd, a band that has obviously laid more than a little bit of influence on Montgomery Gentry. The title track was already a major hit for the band, an uplifting, spiritual song of hope.
With Some People Change, Montgomery gentry has upped the ante. They have delivered their finest work yet, an album that is “all killer, no filler.” A CD that bridges the gap between young country and Southern rock. A five-star masterpiece.
-Michael Buffalo Smith