Get Off On The Pain
Label: Wrasse Records Ltd. (UK)
Judging from the song titles alone, it'd be easy to think Gary Allan is wallowing in the curveballs life has thrown him. One listen, however, and you realize Get Off on the Pain is a song-by-song glance into half-full glasses, even in the emptiest of circumstances. The title cut is a raw, powerful testament to that struggle; "Get Off on the Pain" blusters with a boisterous bravado even as the lyrics expose Allan's own doubts. Another highlight, "No Regrets," is a slow-burning beauty about living life to the fullest. Easier said than done, but Allan makes it sound natural.