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The Notorious Cherry Bombs have created a country music album that is destined to become a classic. From breezy ramblers like "Let it Roll, Let it Ride," to the seriousness of a good ol' "prison" song ("Heart of a Jealous Man"), this CD is packed full of traditional country music. Master songwriters Rodney Crowell and Vince Gill do most of the writing, and share lead vocals; with the other guys backing them, it's a sure-fire combination for success.
The first single, "It's Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night that Chew Your A** Out All Day Long" is a hilarious traditional number that even manages to poke fun at itself ("It's alright if we say it/'Cause radio won't play it/It's hard to kiss the lips at night that chew your a** out all day long"). Several other songs are upbeat and fun (these guys obviously love to play together), but it's not all fun and games. "Heart of a Jealous Man" is downright haunting, while a man fights temptation in "Dangerous Curves," and Rodney Crowell's "Making Memories of Us" ponders eternal love. Even the rollickin "On the Road to Ruin" has a dark undertone.
No duds on this album, folks. This is pure, solid country music by the best players in Nashville. God, I hope they do another album; this one's a classic. The Notorious Cherry Bombs--country music's Dream Team.
My favorite song is, Let It Ride, Let It Roll, a rollicking uptempo honkey tonk tune that Vince and Rodney take turns vocally calling out to the older set to loosen up before you're too old to do so.
The hilarious stone cold country of ,It's Hard To Kiss The Lips at Night, That Chew Your Ass out All Day Long, (the first video and single...look for Vince and Rodney in drag as each others wife...) while may not get the radio airplay it deserves (let's hope it does) will be the song and video everyone will be singing to.
Vince and Rodney both contribute about four songs each and the remainder is often a collaberation of writers.
While the sound overall is definately country it does not sound dated or tired. There is a true energy that this band exudes. Great singing, writing and playing throughout.
The whole CD is top notch but ,Dangerous Curves, and ,Forever Someday, stand out. Dangerous Curves is a mid tempo heart felt song from Rodney and Vince telling a married man ...you better go on home - she has dangerous curves... While ,Forever Someday, is a stone cold country ballad as only Vince could sing it.
With country radio playing the same 5 artists same 7 songs 99 times a day, my hope is that this CD is not overlooked.
Let's hope the Cherry Bombs decide to tour and that would be the only thing that could top this CD. A true masterpiece.
Once in a blue moon recording companies do tread upon the more conspicuous path by releasing a product that is eminently more for the enrichment of the format's genre, than in the assiduous pursuit of the mighty dollar. Kudos is in order to Universal South Records honcho Tony Brown for taking this leap of faith. The Notorious Cherry Bombs, unlike most country bands today, consists not of hotshot studs in their twenties. Rather forming the core are the country veterans such as Rodney Crowell, Tony Brown himself and Vince Gill with Rodney and Gill trading lead vocals on different tracks with occasional duets. If one thing can be said about this album, it is definitely not a factory-sealed commodity from Music Row's conveyer belt. Rather, this is an ebullient and sturdy effort that is solidly country and brilliantly executed.
The onus of songwriting is primarily shared between Crowell and Gill: with the pair penning 3 cuts together, Rodney writing 4 more tracks without Gill and Gill responsible for cutting 3 of his own composition plus a Hank DeVito cover song. Regardless of who holds the pen, every track here is a winner. The Crowell-penned "If I Ever Break Your Heart," for instance, an ode to marital fidelity has an enticing Eagles-like pop flair that harkens back to Crowell's "Diamonds and Dirt" days. "Making Memories of Us," also a Crowell original and a former Tracy Byrd track, is a brooding ballad of enduring love with such moving lyrics of devotion that could also work on a spiritual level.
Vince Gill, normally known for his smooth tenor, sounds a little husky on the bluegrass tingled "Oklahoma Dust.Read more ›
OK, now to "It's hard to Kiss . . ." Great song, funny and sort of sad at the same time. It's a great send up of country ballads. And the video with Rodney and Vince in drag as each others' wives is a hoot. But that song is not the reason to buy this album. The other material is the reason.
Buy this. It will play on in your library long after "It's hard . . ." becomes so familiar you no longer laugh (and that should be in about 50 years).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was an upbeat CD and I especially loved the song It's hard to kiss the lips at night that chew your ass out all day longPublished 24 days ago by Ethel Whitaker
What could be bad when Vince Gill jams with Rodney Crowell? Great stuff! Wish I could play guitar like that:~Published 5 months ago by Jim Goodman
Crowell, Gill and company rock showing both their skills producing thoughtful energized songs and lyrics unmatched.Published 9 months ago by Michael
Someone told me about a song on this CD so where did I find it but right here on Amazon. It is a really fun CD with great songs and singing.Published 11 months ago by Jack Schreiber