All the songs are good, but of course some are better than others, to me anyway, or maybe it's just that they hit a nerve with me, remind me of someone something, or are just What I Like(tm). As always, your milage may vary.
I've included some lyrics from each song (I hope this isn't copyright infringement) that seem the most important from the song
Now! Onto the music!
Let go of my hand
Hey jukebox don't start playing that song again A fun and happy song for anyone who has called home and tried to blame his being late on... well, anything but him. A faster beat, but not as driving as Take the Keys to my Heart. Great lyrics and a nice beat, with good music, this was the first song of the new album I heard on the radio.
What it's like to live there
How you ever gonna know victory
How you ever gonna know
What it's like when dreams become reality
A nice fast song, similar in feel to Standing Outside the Fire. Inspirational and nice and fast. Good :-)
And he never will This is one that is just OK. About a woman recovering from a relationship, and a man who is still lost for all intents and purposes. Interesting story, nice music, but nothing spectacular.
And I held it one last time
Watched that diamond sparkle
I drew back and I let it fly
This one is better. It is something that we all can relate to, seeing how someone you left behind can go on with their life. The songwriter goes to his ex-wife/girlfriend's wedding, sees her, and how happy and in love she. He takes his old ring, and in an act of final closure, flings it into the river. Great heavy beat for the chorus, I'd love to see Garth belt this one out in concert!
One for each hand
Let's set sail with Captain Morgan
And never leave dry land What a great song! A hawaiian version of "Friends in low places," or close anyway. It has the same upbeat feel, the same sing-along potential (and at the end it is more than just him singing). The music is jumpy and great, and it just makes you want to get up and dance. I predict this'll be a favorite in country dance clubs for a while.
A great part in the song is at the end when he is singing and a group is repeating, and he sings "Troubles I forgot 'em/buried them in the sand," and the group sings "Troubles I forgot em/buried her in the sand," (well, that's how I heard it anyway).
A real tough mother
She's the cover of a magazine A cowboy singing about either his truck or his significant other. A general good song, nice fast beat, but the lyrics are not outstanding.
Or the clothes that you ear
Won't matter up there
A slow ballad, talking about God, heaven and our own selfishness. It reminded me a bit of Colin Raye's What if Jesus came back like that, but I didn't feel it was as good. Nice, but it didn't turn my crank.
But you'll find out that, sooner or later
Nobody in this world is gonna do it for you
Do what you gotta do
Another Standing Outside the Fire-like song. About, well, doing what you have to do, no matter what it is, or what people tell you, to get it done. A nice good hard beat makes this another good toe-tapper.
With my heart hanging out
Frozen solid with fear
Like a rock in the ground
But you move me
You give me courage I didn't
Know I had This is one of my favorite songs on this album. It is a slow ballad of love and fear, and how one person can so affect another through their love and their actions.
I'm seein' you
In another's eyes This song was released before any others, and at the time I thought it would go on Trisha's album, which is why I don't classify it as the first song I heard from this album. A slow duet about how we deceive ourselves about just how wonderful our partners are, and how it's "a blessing and a curse that love is blind,"
I couldn't begin to describe how it goes
But it makes me cry or laugh right out loud
It's a song that I sing when there's no one around
I think this is my favorite song off this album. It's content is about who we are when we are... ourselves. The songs we sing when there is no one around, the people we become when we are alone. Something about the combination of lyrics, music and beat that just make it really cool. If you take just the lyrics, it sounds kinda silly or depressing, but all together I love it. Maybe it's just me :-) The song ends and then you hear Garth whistle a few notes and sing a line or two, alone-like, with no music or anything. Very cool.
Time and time again
The one to take my hand
And show to me it's okay to be
Just the way I am
With no apology
This is a slow ballad to a girlfriend or partner, singing about one who is always there, no matter what, no matter when. A good song, with sentiment, maybe even a candidate for a wedding song. Somehow though, it just didn't strike a cord with me. Maybe because the first line is "Well you and I/We're buddies" I don't know, it just doesn't do anything for me.
and drive me crazy
I've been runnin' on empty way too long Fast, driving, like a pitbull running at you at full speed. Awesome. 'Nuff said.
The answer seemed so clear
Heaven's not beyond the clouds
It's just beyond the fear This is a great ballad. It is a Christmasy type tune, about a Christmas eve on the front lines of World War I, and a brief moment of peace between the British (American?) and German troops. Just hearing it each time gives me chills.