Pieces-Gary Allan (MCA)

Gary has patiently been building a solid career and track-record since his debut in ’96. He’s had eleven Top 10 airplay hits and his albums are consistently populated with songs of fine lyrics and interesting, progressive arrangements. He tries to give us new sounds, but with deft choices and subtlety, so as he stretches out he doesn’t get all weird on us, painting way outside the lines (Sugarland!?) This here is a prime example. As I become more familiar with it, I’m hearing and appreciating many nice touches and little musical surprises all through it. The man’s on his game.