Have You Forgotten?

Regardless of one's politics, few could doubt the sincerity and passion of Darryl Worley's now-signature hit and title cut—and the magnitude of the single's connection with country listeners sp

Regardless of one's politics, few could doubt the sincerity and passion of Darryl Worley's now-signature hit and title cut—and the magnitude of the single's connection with country listeners speaks for itself. But to simply pigeonhole Worley as a patriotic flagwaver does the artist a disservice, as he had already proved himself as a songwriter on two previous releases, with much of that material recycled for this album. Clearly geared to tap Worley's surge in popularity, only four of these 16 cuts are new, and packaging and promotion make obvious the focus, as do such cuts as the stubborn "I Will Hold My Ground." But the best stuff is the less obvious, like the Cajun raveup "Tennessee River Run," bluesy "Family Tree," top-shelf "Second Wind," and easy-rollin' "A Good Day to Run." It is the ability to write songs like these that best define Worley's substantial talent.—RW