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5th Gear

May 6, 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Label: Arista Nashville
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  • Total Length: 1:12:12
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  • ASIN: B0018Q4BTQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 157 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,439 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Allen Chapman VINE VOICE on June 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
"5th Gear" marks Brad's fifth album (sixth if you count the Christmas album) and he continues the approach that pretty much started with "Mud On The Tires". The album includes the single "Ticks", probably the only song written on the subject, that song follows the trend of his older songs "Celebrity" or "Alcohol". The newest single "Online" is something of clunker to me only because it's a very "current events" kind of song and in time can become dated. Brad's sense of humor comes thru on "I'm Still A Guy" a song along the lines of "I'm Gonna Miss Her". The duet with Carrie Underwood, "Oh Love" is a standout. These two voices sound really great together. The album ends with the instrumental track "Throttleneck" where Brad tears it up. The Kung Pao Buckaroos return once again as well (with Vince Gill filling in for George Jones) and sing on the track "Bigger Fish To Fry". You'll also hear Dolly Parton in a brief clip from the "Time Well Wasted" album. Little Jimmy Dickens' jokes are once again really funny in the outtakes.
A great album and Brad shows why he's the top male in country music today.
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Brad Paisley has quickly proven himself to be one of country's most talented artists. A true singer/songwriter/musician, he routinely crafts some of the catchiest, wittiest, countriest music gracing radio today. His voice is smooth and melodical, yet he never hesitates to spoil his nice-guy image by dropping a dirty joke or two ("I don't highlight my hair/I've still got a pair/Yeah honey, I'm still a guy" he deadpans).

5TH GEAR is easily one of Paisley's finest records. There's not a song on here that doesn't shine in some way. Even the cliched tunes sparkle; The Trent Willmon/David Lee Murphy tune "Better Than This," while a hick anthem, does bring something new to the table ("If a bus load of women, really good lookin' women, just suddenly pulled in here" Paisley cheers). And even on "It Did," Paisley's performance soars (although, let's face it, soon or later the narrator has got to realize that things really will get better, even if he thinks they can't). Even the Carrie Underwood duet "Oh Love" is enjoyable, even if too many frequent listenings will leave you going "oh God."

The true highlights of the album, though, are some classic moments. "All I Wanted Was a Car" is a hilarious forray into adolescent longing, as is the whistful and stellar "Letter To Me," and the hysterical "Online." "Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once," Paisley boldly declares, then goes into a modern-day outlaw tale of a man on the run for the law ("Hey hey, Mr. Policeman/Bet you I can run faster than you can"). The gospel number at the end will leave you crooning, and the closing instrumental will leave your heart racing. Even "Ticks" is enjoyable...and halfway clever, actually.
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Like everything else from Brad Paisley, 5th GEAR delivers and in true country style. With so many country artists trying to work things from every angle possible, it's nice to see a country singer who is content to stay firmly within his genre.

5th GEAR offers a variety of songs that are likely to become Paisley classics. Ironically, "Ticks," the current radio hit from the album, isn't really, in my listening opinion, the heavyweight here. For my money I found "All I Wanted Was A Car", "Letter To Me" and "When We All Get To Heaven" to be my budding favorites. But, then, the entire album is wonderful. Even the come-to-be-expected slapstick antics of the Kung Pao Buckaroos, despite objections by some critics, fit this album like the proverbial glove.

I have to say that my only disappointment with Paisley's latest was his unfortunate duet with Carrie Underwood. I found the song predictable in the extreme and one that really did nothing for Paisley or this album. I'm sure Underwood, with her trite predictability, felt differently. But certainly not a big enough infraction for 5th GEAR to lose any stars.

THE HORSEMAN
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At a time when Nashville stars seem increasingly too-perfect and phony, singer-guitarist Brad Paisley makes twangy music that sounds like a real-live human being made it, even a guy you might like to hang out with and shoot the breeze. Plus, he's obviously got something going on upstairs -- novelty songs like "Ticks" and "Still A Guy" don't just settle for a simple set-up and punchline: Paisley builds on his jokes and keeps topping himself with each line. He's a funny guy, and he's also smart enough to keep the rough edges in the mix, along with some real country twang. Tim McGraw makes me run to change the dial every time, but Paisley makes me want to kick back, pop open a brew and find out what comes next. More power to him. (DJ Joe Sixpack)
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I'm a huge Brad Paisley fan. He's a super guy on stage and off. I support his music by buying all of his albums, they are all great, and this is no exception. I will say that the majority of the songs from this album that were released as singles are the of the more light-hearted silly nature that he is famous for...(songs like "Ticks" and "Online"), but there are some that pull your heartstrings too. I think his music is awesome because it's "real". Definitely buy this one:)
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