An appreciation of family, simple pleasures, and old-fashioned love permeates Tracy Lawrence's telling self-titled new album. Sounding like a man revitalized, Lawrence, who's hit a few rough patches in his time, luxuriates in these archetypal, mainstream country feel-good songs, even the ones that detail his own missteps. The forthright ballad "Getting Back Up" drives home the key lyric -- "But as bad as it's been/I'm not givin' in" -- with finger-picked guitars, booming drums, and a mournful pedal steel in support of Lawrence's intense vocal. The folksy, shuffling "That Was Us" recounts the juvenile hijinks of an earlier, rambunctious time, the twist being that the wild boys Lawrence describes snap to in a crisis and come to the aid of a farmer too sick to bring in his crop. Boasting an infectious rhythm and bright, singsong melody, the album-closing "I Won All the Battles" finds a bemused Lawrence reflecting on the folly of satisfying his need to be right by winning petty arguments with the woman he loved, only to lose her in the end. The buoyancy of his vocal -- and the utter lack of self-pity -- bespeaks a satisfied mind. Lesson learned, the hard way. Move on.
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Performance CreditsTracy Lawrence Primary Artist
Alison Brown Banjo
Eric Darken Percussion
Sonny Garrish Steel Guitar,pedabro
Owen Hale Drums
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar
Gary Lunn Bass
Liana Manis Background Vocals
Brent Rowan Banjo,Electric Guitar
Aubrey Haynie Mandolin
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Gary W. Smith Keyboards
Technical CreditsTracy Lawrence Producer
Butch Carr Engineer
Flip Anderson Producer
Maude Gilman Art Direction
Lori Turk Groomer
Marla Cannon-Goodman Composer
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Tracy Lawrence, credited with hits such as ''Alibis,'' ''If the World Had a Front Porch,'' ''Time Marches On,'' and ''Lessons Learned,'' is back in full force with an album that is sure to touch the heart of any true country music fan. In this self-titled album, the Arkansas native stated that he wanted to ''explore his country roots and to get back to the basics of country music,''and has succeeded in doing so. The album opens with the delightfully fun ''Crawlin' Again'' which describes the primal need men have for a woman's love. Next, he leads into a chain of ear-catching melodies including his current single ''Life Don't Have to be so Hard,'' the sweet ''Meant to Be,'' the foot-tapping ''She Loved the Devil Out of me'', and the lyrically clever ''GOD's Green Earth.'' Tracy's ''All Over It'' will remind listeners of Alan Jackson's hit ''Right on the Money,'' while ''It's Hard to Be an Outlaw'' and ''Whole Lotta Lettin' Go'' describes Tracy's attempt to overcome his past ghosts. Two songs that really stand out and scream for attention are ''Getting Back Up'' and ''What a Memory.'' Both songs have a heart-wrenching effect and are the epitome of the soul of country music. ''Getting Back Up'' describes the heartache and trials of a man's struggles to regain his footing after a relationship gone sour. ''What a Memory'' narrates a touching story of a dying mother's love for her only son. These two ballads will no doubt take Tracy to the top of the charts. I for one found this album a refreshing return to the elements that made country music such a dominant force in the music industry. It skillfully avoids the pop-country blend that Nashville seems to be adopting. Tracy filtered through the dirt and sand that country music has evolved into and has found a golden nugget with this album. Not only is it inspiring for the soul but is even better for the ears.