And may we also take a moment or more to think of all of the military families out there as well. Many of whom will be no doubt thinking of their own fallen; for them, I hope that they can take some comfort in knowing that their loved one(s) may be gone but never forgotten. Not just by them, but by the rest of the country as well. For those out there who have a loved one or more currently serving in the military, I hope they feel the same. May we never forget about all the military families out there and may God bless them and, of course, their soldiers. And if any of out military, past or present happen to make their way here, I'd like to thank you for your service and sacrifice. You and your loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers, along who the thoughts and prayers of countless others.
Now, I kept going back and forth on whether I wanted to review this CD or not. But as you can clearly see, I decided to. I'll be honest and admit that I have very mixed feelings about Small Town Family Dream. I'll start with the good and there are quite a few good things about this. The production is very nice on this, save for some minor issues.This album has a great flow to it. Musically, I really like the music on this all the way throughout. There's some great fiddle and guitar playing to be found here. Vocally, Josh Abbott is very solid. He has a pretty nice delivery for each song which is always a good thing in my book. He sounds a lot like Garth Brooks at times and that's just an observation of mine; nothing wrong with that.
Josh Abbott band is full of potential, but overall I wasn't really feeling this album and a lot of that has to do with the lyrics. There's some great lyrics on this CD, I'm not saying there isn't. Here's the thing: this album is Texas country, which in some ways is kind of like a sub-genre of country. I'm not overly familiar with a lot of Texas country artists, but from what I've heard, they seem to lean more towards the traditional. I have no problems with the sound; I enjoy the sound quite a bit, I like it. This album is very much pro-Texas and that's fine - I have no problems with Texas and would love to go there some day. The issue I have is that it's not only pro-Texas, but anti-Nashville and as a person who loves Nashville and a lot of the music coming out of Nashville, it began to get a little tiresome for me. This album would've benefited from backing away from all that. Though if you don't care for Nashville either, you'll more than likely really like this.
Would I recommend this album? I don't know. It's not a bad album by any means and I really like parts of it, but I don't see myself wearing it out either. Like I said, I have mixed feelings about this one. I believe that it's definitely worth checking out and seeing what you think of it. Everyone deserves a shot, after all.
Let's go song by song.