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The project includes "That's Why I Pray" as well as a track featuring Bon Jovi titled " Born Again." It's the duo's first studio album since Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace in 2007.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Music Nashville
  • ASIN: B008RDA3BS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Honestly, it is hard for me to rate this record; on one hand, Big & Rich are my favorite musical act of all time. On the other, the reality that this album is not as good as the duo's previous releases is painfully obvious. But don't let that skeptical remark fool you: if you like Big & Rich (as in, if you like more of their songs than "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)") then you will probably like "Hillbilly Jedi." If you were never that fond of Big & Rich, nothing here will change your mind. This is one of those slightly formulaic records ("formulaic" meaning in terms of the artist(s) in question) that everyone will have a different opinion of.

It has been a long wait, but Big Kenny and John Rich are back. Judging from a pre-release listen to the opening track "Born Again," I was expecting this effort to be a welcome return to form for the duo after the overly mainstream sound of "Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace" in 2007 (not that I disliked the album, it just didn't take any risks). I was partly right, but it depends on which "form" one is thinking of. B&R's patented Country/rock/hick hop sound is back and Cowboy Troy is even thrown in for good measure, but the weird humor of "Horse of a Different Color" and "Comin' to Your City" is again absent. You might think otherwise based on the rather silly title of the record, but with the exception of "M-E-D-L-E-Y of the Hillbilly Jedi" nothing here is much more adventurous than what you would hear on modern Country radio, some odd sound effects notwithstanding. It's too bad that the rest of the album isn't like the closing track; that one would fit in nicely on any of the duo's previous works.
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Unfortunately, this cd continues the trend that Big and Rich CDs just don't measure up to their first one. Jedi just doesn't have the same spirit Horse of a Different Color had.
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When I saw this at WalMart, I basically went, "Why not?". I really liked their first album, "Horse of a Different Color", and I was looking for something new to add to my iPod. I'm happy to say, "Hillbilly Jedi" does not disappoint.

All of the songs are solid, although of course there are those I prefer. (And this can change as time goes, so it only applies to 'as of this writing').

The opening track, Born Again, is a fitting beginning, since it's apparently been a while since Big and Rich released an album. I like Bon Jovi, so the guesting was pretty cool, though as others have said reference to "Wanted: Dead or Alive" has been done before.

The two tracks where Cowboy Troy is involved are both fun and catchy. I like them both, though if I had to pick a favorite it would be Get Your Game On. While I like hearing these guys sing together, hearing the individual voices is cool too.

I'm actually kind of surprised that some of my other favorites from this album are things I normally wouldn't go for. Can't Be Satisfied is the kind of song that I would normally skip, yet it's so well done that I keep finding myself listening to it. Never Far Away is another song I wouldn't normally see myself clicking with (It's sad, but not tears sad, which I would normally consider a missed mark)... Yet I really like it.

Last, this review would be amiss if I didn't praise these guys for Cause I Play Guitar. It's a very guy-centric anthem, but it really suits the lead character in the book I'm currently writing, so I'm good with that.

All in all, I feel that my purchase of "Hillbilly Jedi" was money well spent. As with anything, check it out first if you can, but if you're just looking for my view, I think the album is "Great!".
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"That's Why I Pray" and the accompanying video (video not on the CD) is the most beautifully written and produced song on this recording. Most of the rest falls far short of earlier B&R music. Nothing on this album comes even close to "Between Raising Hell & Amazing Grace" or the sheer joy of the song "Big Time." For those who like the crazy B&R rockin' sounds, I guess this CD is OK, but even those songs sound, to me, like they are half baked ... just wild stabs in the dark at a sound that requires more work than they apparently care to put in these days.

I admit, I'm a fan of their more serious songs and open expression of their religious beliefs. Nonetheless, I've also enjoyed many of their past rockers, other than "Save a Horse .... " which the radio killed by playing it every ten minutes while ignoring beautiful songs like "Live this Life", "Lost in this Moment" or "8th of November." Where is, other than than "That's Why I Pray" is something as beautifully written or produced as "Leap of Faith."

Sorry, I love these guys, but they missed the ball and hit a foul on this one.
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By ktkmaddaw on September 23, 2012
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A little skeptical at fist but these songs grow on you big time! you have a slow serious part of the album then it has a wild side to it
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Big & Rich have come back after a very long hiatus, and this album shows that they still know how to rock. They have a few guest stars on the album like the last one, but familiar faces show up again and again. Cowboy Troy makes his appearance once more. Overall, I like this album. It doesn't try to reinvent the Big & Rich formula. That being said, I enjoyed John Rich's solo album much more because it was so different from the typical silly-hillbilly-rock. This album is still worth having if you are a fan, though I dont think it will attract many new fans into the fold.
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Oh great, more of these guys to "look forward" to
Just one question....how many songs have you heard by "these wannabes", besides 'Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy'? Not many, I'd bet. If you had, you'd know how great they really are, both as singers AND songwriters. Check out the songs '8th of November', 'Lost In This Moment' and 'Holy... Read More
Sep 17, 2012 by Quevic Springs "Eddie" |  See all 9 posts
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