Down By The River

August 4, 2009 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Original Release Date: August 4, 2009
  • Release Date: August 4, 2009
  • Label: Show Dog Universal Music
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Show Dog, LLC
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  • Total Length: 36:41
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  • ASIN: B002JF9CD0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,816 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Again, I think this is the greatest song ever.
Nancy M. Graham
Even if you have never been to war, Mac's song to the veterans "You First" will remind you of a best friend and move you to tears.
joni
Incredibly well written lyrics and great playing/arrangements.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 5, 2009
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Prime Cuts: You First, If You Hang Around Enough, Until Then

Mac McAnally is anathema to all that's happening in Nashville today. For starters, this celebrated singer-songwriter isn't your twenty something gal smiting poster boy. Further, the songs on "Down By the River" are by no means sonic cousins to those cadaverous songs that graced country radio lately. Rather, McAnally is a ruminative poet of the highest order: he has a way of presenting piquant observations of life that strikes right at the heart. Where many of us falter to present into words the deepest longings of the human heart, McAnally has just the right vocabulary set to well-constructed melodic tunes. "Down By the River," his debut for Toby Keith's Show Dog Records comes right off the heels of McAnally's number 1 duet with Kenny Chesney "Down the Road." However, despite the hype of "Down the Road," this album's lead single "You First" has thus far escaped radio's attention. Despite radio's tepid response, this is a stellar album: it's the kind of disc so rich with meaning that you'll find yourself yearning to listen to it over and over again.

Musically, "Down By the River" defies genre classification. Like Guy Clark, Joe Ely and John Hiatt--McAnally belongs to a class of his own. Here he draws from all entire array of American roots music-- -country, folk, Cajun, ballads, and pop--in composing all these 11 tracks (8 of them are his solo compositions with others being co-writes with Jeff Hanna, Al Anderson and Lenny LeBlanc). Lead single "You First," a contemporary country ballad co-written with worship leader Lenny LeBlanc, strings together vignettes of sacrificial love in the protagonist's life that is movingly delivered through McAnally's smooth tenor.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jerel W. Jackson on August 29, 2009
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I HAD KNOWN OF MAC MCANALLY BECAUSE OF HIS ASSOCIATION WITH JIMMY BUFFETT AS BOTH A MEMBER OF THE CORAL REEFERS, AS A RECORD PRODUCER, AND AS A SONGWRITER BUT I DIDN'T REALIZE WHAT A GREAT SINGER HE IS!
HIS NEW CD IS QUITE A TREAT. THERE IS SOMETHING ON IT FOR PRACTICALLY EVERY MUSICAL TASTE - COUNTRY, DIXIELAND, TEXAS SWING, BLUES AS WELL AS SONGS THAT DON'T FIT NEATLY INTO ANY PARTICULAR CATAGORY.
I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SEEING MAC IN CONCERT A WEEK AFTER THE CD WAS RELEASED AND HE PUT ON A FANTASTIC SHOW. HE HAS BECOME ONE OF MY FAVORITE SINGERS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HIS NEXT RELEASE,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy M. Graham on December 3, 2009
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Just when I think Mac McAnally can't do better than what he's already done, he does; and indeed he as done it with his new CD, Down by the River. While Mac and his fans consider his work mainly country, I think his style is really hard to "pin down". When I'm talking to my friends about Mac, I always say that he does a little bit of everything. The new CD has a little bit of everything on it.

First of all, the greatest song in the world is on this CD, You First. In You First, Mac sings about friendships and growing up while honoring our military. The last verse of the song goes, "Now I'm standing over you, all the years that we've been through..." This gives me chills because it's almost identical to what my Dad's best friend said when he was standing over my Dad. Again, I think this is the greatest song ever.

Blame it on New Orleans was written about a great city, that, while it's had trials and tribulations over the last few years, has come back to be the great place it was before Katrina. Anyone that loves New Orleans will smile when they listen to this jazzy upbeat song.

The song, Big Disappointment speaks volumes about our lives today. As a baby boomer and member of the first pampered generation, it was all about me. I wanted things; and when I got them, it wasn't really that big of a deal and I was never satisfied. Only when you realize that it's not always about you, can you find satisfaction and happiness.

I could probably write a paragraph about every song on the CD, but I won't. While I like all of the songs on this CD (I like anything Mac does, "can't you tell"?), On Account of You and Sunny Day are my next favorites behind You First, Blame it on New Orleans, and Big Disappointment.

I can absolutely recommend the purchase of this CD. Also, if you've never seen Mac in concert, try to. It will be the best $25 or so dollars that you will ever spend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Implementations on January 7, 2010
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A wonderful collection of Mac's latest work, this album is simply inspiring in it's simple assertion to take responsibility for your own life, to help those around you and, when it turns out well, Blame It On New Orleans!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Merrill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 4, 2009
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It is great to hear some new music from Mac McAnally. He has one of those warm, memorable country singing voices, something that has been underappreciated with Mac's primary reputation coming as a preeminent Nashville songwriter. I've always most enjoyed his genre-defying songs that could be pop, folk or whatever. When he gets into pure country, his music still sounds good, but it's a bit more generic and not as remarkable. On the new album, some songs fall into the former crossover category, especially the beautiful closing track, "Until Then." It's an Instant Mac Classic. I also appreciated the flavors of gospel, blues and other stuff in several tunes. A couple of good-ole-boy country rockers, sounding too much like a whole lot of what's on the radio right now, are the only reason I'm not giving this CD an even higher rating.
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