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Music Review: Montgomery Shows "Change"

Music Review: Montgomery Shows "Change"

Montgomery Gentry, "Some People Change" (Columbia)
On the new song "Redder Than That," partners Eddie Montgomery and Teddy Gentry celebrate Southern working-class life by listing ways old friends let off steam, then crowing, "It dont get redder than that."
Many would use the same phrase to describe this hard-partying country music duo, who have based their seven-year careers on prideful redneck anthems about small-town life, blue-collar work and Southeastern lifestyles.
They're still hitting those buttons. But the most interesting aspect of their new album, "Some People Change," comes when they till new territory. "Takes All Kinds" celebrates diversity, a nice anecdote to their Confederate flag-waving concerts. The title song takes that sentiment further, with positive portraits of young people who break the legacy of bigotry and alcoholism that plagued their ancestors.
As in the past, the duo occasionally mistakes belligerence for pride: The songs "What Do Ya Think about That" and "Man's Job" rely on a mean-spirited attitude toward neighbors and ex-wives. They're better when celebrating the positive aspects of who they are, as on the organ-driven soul-rocker "Hey Country."
As that song suggests, Southern life is changing, and country music is evolving along with it. Montgomery Gentry sound best when conceding that things do change, no matter how nostalgic they may be for the culture that gave them their values.


Updated : 2021-10-22 13:37 GMT+08:00