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Grammy award winning superstar Tim McGraw will release his ninth album on August 24 2004, Live Like You Were Dying. The album is one of the most anticipated releases due this year & will feature his touring band, the Dancehall Doctors, for their second consecutive project. The album's title track, written by Craig Wiseman & Tim Nichols, has become the fastest rising chart single of McGraw's career, breaking into the top 5 in just 4 weeks & # 1 in six weeks.

On the back cover of his ninth album Tim McGraw sits atop a horse, which just happens to be standing in the foyer of an elegant home. McGraw sits backwards in the saddle, looking not at where he's going, but where he's been. The image tips off the theme of this solid, 16-song album--for a singer who doesn't write, it's as close to autobiography as it gets. "How Bad Do You Want It," for example references not only bluesman Robert Johnson's crossroads chat with ol' Lucifer, but also the kind of relentless drive that got McGraw to the top of the Nashville heap. The dryly funny "Back When" finds the man who recently bought a $6.4 million Beverly Hills mansion yearning for a simpler time. "Walk Like a Man" talks about the kind of abusive father McGraw himself had before he discovered he was the son of baseball legend Tug McGraw. The late pitcher is surely the subject of three songs here about death, loss, and carrying on, especially the title track, a big, uplifting affirmation of life. If it's also a little sappy, so be it--singing about the most painful thing he's ever endured, he gives it a dignified, understated reading (and only a week or so after his father's passing). It takes an artist to do that, and while McGraw may not be the greatest of warblers, nobody in country can touch him at conveying emotions too deep to express in words. Look for this to be the album of his career. --Alanna Nash

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  1. How Bad Do You Want It 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  3. Can't Tell Me Nothin' 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
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11. Walk Like A Man 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Curb Records
  • ASIN: B0002IQF7M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Michele Risner on August 24, 2004
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My copy of Tim's new CD, Live Like You Were Dying, arrived this morning and I immediately opened it up and started playing it.

I haven't decided which songs I like best, yet. "Old Town New"; "Something's Broken" and "Open Season on My Heart" have a wonderful sound to them. Of the three, "Open Season On My Heart" is the best. "Do You Want Fries with them" had me laughing; "Drugs or Jesus" is a song with a great message about the choices we make in life. "Live Like You Were Dying" is an amazing song, that will never grow old with me. "Back When" is also funny. Tim shows alot of humor in these songs, along with a serious message.

In "Back When" he talked about how times have changed and it's hard to understand the things people day these days. The Lyrics"

Back when a hoe was a hoe

Coke was a coke

Cracks what you were doing when you were cracking jokes

Back when a screw was a screw

The wind was all that blew

When you said "I'm down with that", it meant you had the flu

Tim once again recorded this album with his longtime band "The DanceHall Doctors" as well as collaborated with some of the best writers in Nashville.

A nice little bonus was the appearance of his lovely, and talented wife, Faith Hill, singing background vocals on "Blank Sheet of Paper".

This CD may disappoint some, but not this girl. I'm very pleased with it, and also commend for shipping it so that it arrived to me on the release date! Can't get better than that!

Great job to Tim!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on August 24, 2004
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Tim McGraw is quickly proving himself to be a musical innovator. Along with his band, the superb Dancehall Doctors, he has created his two best albums yet: TIM MCGRAW AND THE DANCEHALL DOCTORS, and this one.

LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING is a ride through progressive, alternative, outlawish country music, with enough radio-friendliness to ensure airplay. McGraw certainly knows how to select songs; all of these are brilliantly written by some of today's best songwriters (Rodney Crowell, Tom Douglas, Bruce Robison, Craig Wiseman, Casey Beathard, the Warren Brothers, Don Schlitz, James Slater, etc).

McGraw deals with depression and hope on "Kill Myself," "We Carry On," and the title track; covers heartbreak in "Old Town New" and "Something's Broken;" eternal love on "My Best Friend" and "Just Be Your Tear;" abuse and recovery on "Walk Like a Man;" and adds in enough sarcastic, sardonic humor in "Everybody Hates Me," "Do You Want Fries With That," and "Back When" to keep this album from getting TOO serious.

One of the most dependable hitmakers, it's easy to pass Tim McGraw off as a one-man act; easy, but not true. His penchant for choosing high-class songs has helped him build a legacy hit after hit after hit. LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING is probably the best--and most personal--album McGraw has recorded yet. In fact, it's quite possible that, decades from now, people will look back on it as a classic example of country music done right.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Hopkins on September 28, 2004
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Tim McGraw's latest album "Live Like You Were Dying" is one of my favorite albums of the year, which is a lot to say considering the fact that country music is not my forte. The music on this album is unbelievable at making you want to get up and sing at the top of your lungs, even if you're like me and don't know the words. It's inspirational and fun all at the same time. Every song on the album has that good old country music feeling, all the lyrics are sang with dragged out syllables and typical steel guitar and country instruments.

I'm not going to lie and say I bought the album because I was a huge Tim McGraw fan, the truth is was his first single was so catchy and got stuck in my head for days I had to purchase it just to keep my sanity. It wasn't until after listening to the same song over and over again for about five hours until I ventured off to experience the rest of the album.

Only one song has been released so far off this album but it is filled with sixteen awesome tracks. One of my personal favorite songs on the album is "Back When". The lyrics are basically Tim McGraw pleading with the people listening to the album to somehow bring things back to the "good old days". The great thing about this song is that he does this in a very comical way. The chorus is Tim asking do you remember when "a hoe was a hoe, coke was a coke, and crack was what you were doing when you were cracking jokes". When I first heard these lyrics it brought a smile and a little bit of laughter to my face.

The reason I bought this album though was for the song, "Live Like You Were Dying", the title of the album. The song is about his father who one day was diagnosed with cancer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Wagner on August 26, 2004
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Like many of the other reviewers, over the years I have enjoyed Tim McGraws uptempo cuts much more than the 'darker/introspective' tunes. There were always a fair share of uptempo songs on every project to balance it out. When I first heard "Live Like You Were Dying", to me, it was an instant classic that is perhaps Tim's most meaningful song since "Don't Take the Girl". It admittedly made me take a step back to hear the mellowness and rootsy angle on the rest of the project. I, like others, skipped the tunes looking for the uptempo tunes. But, in remembering my first reaction to some of his previous work and how I changed after more listens, I gave this a few more listens, and I'm glad I did. True - there's no particularly loud arena friendly tunes - but rather some very well-written songs that are easy to make ones own and much different from the predictable cookie-cutter cliche filled tunes Corporate Nashville is forcing artists to release. If you can look beyond the musical arrangements (or the lack of loudness), you'll discover tunes that make you laugh ("Everybody Hates Me" & "...Fries..."), think ("Kill Myself", "blank sheet of paper"), reflect (title track, "My Old Friend"), or inspire ("We Carry On" / "Walk Like a Man"). Hats off to Tim for having the progressive mindset and using his pull with Curb to consistently raise the bar in Nashville and stretch the boundaries of country music. If you're looking for old-style TM first, give #5, 10, 14, & 16 a listen.
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