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Ready Set Don't Miss this CD!,
This review is from: Home At Last (Audio CD)
With a small point on the description above Billy Ray Cyrus was a TV star long before Hannah Montana...being the lead in Doc. However, forget that for a moment. Forget the mullet and the Achy Breaky Heart and all that has come before. Relegating this to being a cd by Hannah Montana's dad is selling it FAR short!
This CD was a Christmas gift indirect from my dad. I've long been a fan of Billy Ray's music. Following an incident in November 2006 (more on the "Some Gave All" vein) I vowed to no matter how "bad" it was that I would support Billy Ray in purchasing cd's even if it sat on the shelf. It's also worth consideration I generally don't like cover songs - often if I hear a song and someone else does it I prefer the original (in some cases this means a cd cut by one artist over a hit song by another). So, with consideration to personal tastes I put this CD in the player.
Ready, Set Don't Go is a highlight for sure. When he did parts of it on an episode of "Hannah Montana" there was clearly not a lot of acting going on. "The Beginning", "The Buffalo" and "Flying By" continued the cd all good solid songs. I sat back and braced..a cover song. "Brown Eyed Girl" is awesome! By the time it got to "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" I'm actually liking it *better* than the original versions. "You've Got A Friend" and "Over The Rainbow" equally covered with his own version, not imitating the original but giving a tip to it and making it his own.
This is a solid hit. Do not get this thinking it's a remake from the Achy Breaky era...it isn't. It's just as at home in the player (no pun intended) driving in the car as it is preparing dinner. Good music is good music, whether you call it country, easy listening, pop - this is just good music. It fits with comfort food, a warm quilt and a fireplace on a cold winter evening. It also fits on a summer day working in the back yard...or many other activities people listen to music while doing.
Never mind the critics, ignore the perhaps lackluster radio coverage of it. Sometimes I wonder if radio would know a real entertainer if he walked in their door (and with a few people in mind I'm sure they don't). Politics aside, TV aside, past acting/song history aside...get this cd! It's one that doesn't sound new or too old - it's original, fresh and is much overlooked. This probably won't be on the award shows - the award is the way the songs and real life weave together. Don't miss this cd!
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Initial post: Feb 7, 2008 8:44:43 AM PST
Satisfied Lone Wolf says:
Good review. I could not agree more!
Posted on Jun 18, 2008 12:17:49 PM PDT
P. J. Merrill says:
As Lone Wolfe said, I could not agree more! Amen!
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