â€œLiving Hardâ€ is the eight studio album for Gary Allan, and marks the second time that Allan has reached #3 on the US 200 charts (eir highest showing). While â€œLiving Hardâ€ did not top the US country charts as â€œTough All Overâ€ and â€œGreatest Hitsâ€ had done in 2005 and earlier 2007, this higher mainstream showing is a positive sign for someone that is trying to become a household name. â€œWatching Airplanesâ€ provides individuals with a style of country that could easily be mistaken as a Bon Jovi track; the track has been a major staple on the country stations for a while now, and aside from a slight bit of twang in Allanâ€™s voice, one would be hard to tell that Allan is considered a â€œcountryâ€ singer.
â€œWe Touched The Sunâ€ continues with this heavily rock influenced sound; if it wasnâ€™t for Allanâ€™s vocals, the track could easily be something that is released by a late-era, former hair metal individual. â€œWe Touched The Sunâ€ has a little bit more of a modest approach to it, which could do well for Allan if ey continues that for a part of the album, only giving up that faÃ§ade when ey puts forth eir next hit. â€œSheâ€™s So Californiaâ€ continues the general sound of â€œLiving Hardâ€; the cohesion enjoyed by the tracks on this album is substantial, but Allan is talent enough by this point to go forth and vary each song somewhat, enough to keep individuals interested and the momentum of the disc high.
â€œLike Itâ€™s A Bad Thingâ€ changes up the balance slightly to put Allanâ€™s vocals in the forefront â€“ these confident vocals and catchy guitar lines that battle out during the track make â€œLike Itâ€™s A Bad Thingâ€ into Allanâ€™s next hit. Â â€œLearning How To Bendâ€ is a much more softly stated and slow track for Allan, and the inclusion of a more atmospheric approach to things gives the song a much different feel. At points during â€œLearningâ€, Allan even approaches the domain of an individual like Dave Matthews, which should do wonders for a serious attempt to be played on the pop market. Â Gary Allan has been around for quite a few years at this point, and the polished, smooth sounds of â€œLiving Hardâ€ show this maturity. The only place that Allan has to go is #1 on the US Top 200 â€“ and I feel that ey can do that for eir next album.
Top Tracks: Living Hard, Learning How To Bend