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Carrying On

Montgomery Gentry burst onto the country airwaves in 1999 with Tattoos & Scars, an unapologetic exercise in redneck country rock, boasting attitude galore.

Montgomery Gentry burst onto the country airwaves in 1999 with Tattoos & Scars, an unapologetic exercise in redneck country rock, boasting attitude galore. On its second Columbia release, MG stay true to that rowdy formula, aided by increased confidence and much better songs. Guitars and testosterone are the order of the day, but it's still bona fide country, from the "my way or the highway" mentality of "She Couldn't Change Me" to the menacing undercurrent in "The Fine Line." Eddie Montgomery's muscular vocals make "Cold One Comin' On" a fine new drinkin' standard, and Troy Gentry sounds like he means it on back-porch funk jams such as "While the World Goes Down the Drain." The title cut is a Charlie Daniels Band-style rave-up, while the guys are smart enough to acknowledge their good fortune on "Lucky to Be Here." This is strong stuff, and while the soccer moms may not bite, the fishin' dads are likely to pop a top and enjoy.—RW