Life Aint Always Beautiful
Label: MCA Nashville
After six solid albums, Gary Allan finally gets his collection of celebrated chart toppers, including two new songs. The inspired "A Feelin' Like That" is an upbeat, triumphant anthem that will make you want to kiss somebody's face or punch their face down into their neck, depending on what type of country music fan you are. "As The Crow Flies" rolls with a southern-rocking roadhouse boogie that could hypothetically be covered by Kid Rock (and make perfect sense). "Life Ain't Always Beautiful" is a refreshing reminder that contemporary country ballads don't have to be sappy and lame.