Whether you are a Tim McGraw fan or not, you have to look at the cover of McGraw’s latest CD. If you never listen to a song, this is Tim McGraw’s sexiest CD cover. The rugged cowboy delivers to his country music fans on the new CD Let it Go. The title song “Let it Go” is one of those rare songs that inspires you to make it through the day, and keep on keeping on through life. Strong guitar work backs up the McGraw vocals that draw you into the song. This song is a winner, as is “Put Your Lovin’ On Me.” Women may be tempted to wear out the CD on these two tracks alone, but McGraw has more to deliver on this album.
“I’m Working” has the standard McGraw smooth vocals and working man’s lyrics. A fitting tribute to over 300,000 truck drivers and their families. The music and message is honest, heart rending and inspirational at the same time. “I’m Working” goes a long way toward cleaning up the bad-boy image with which truck drivers have been labeled over the years. “Whiskey and You” also delivers with honesty and strong lyrics. “Kristofferson” will break your heart. “Between the River and Me” is a gutsy song with a story. McGraw hits home with working man, country music lovers with this set of songs. Listeners are also treated to some piano and old-fashioned electric guitar, that has been all but lost in modern country music
“Suspicions” is a remake of Eddie Rabbit’s earlier platinum song. Such a sexy song from McGraw buries them both will please music lovers who have known the song for years and first time listeners. It is definitely a departure from his country sound. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it cross-over and make a show on the pop/soft rock charts.
“Nothin’ Worth Dying For” is a powerful anthem about living, with the insistence that getting behind the wheel drunk is not the way or an reason to leave this life behind. It delivers a thoughtful message about what your living for, and why something as temporary as liquor is not worth dying for. It is a surprising song tucked right in the middle of the album. It’s catchy lyrics may just deliver the message McGraw is looking to give. It wouldn’t surprise me if this song didn’t save a life or two somewhere down the road. There could be no better tribute paid to this man and his music. “Nothin’ Worth Dying For” delivers several blows against the rich and famous who seem to imply through their lifestyle that nothing matters but them. McGraw tells it differently, and his message will be heard.
“Train #10,” “Shotgun Rider,” and “Comin’ Home,” “I Need You,” all offer strong lyrics, that flow with the music and the overall mood of the album. Cowboy songs for the new generation of country music fans flow easily on this album.
Every CD has it, the good, the bad, and the ugly. “Last Dollar (Fly Away)” is the bad and the ugly on this CD. It is difficult to decide if McGraw’s message in this song is inspirational or a “get me while you have the chance” message. The kids who end out the song seem oddly out of place on this rugged, whiskey drinking, working man’s album. The song lacks any hook. If this is the first song you hear it is almost enough to keep you from listening to the rest of the songs. Don’t allow the first song to turn you off.
McGraw’s new CD is an excellent blend of new and traditional country, with just enough pop/rock feel to keep it moving. The rhythms and strong lyrics will draw you into the songs and you’ll find yourself singing along in no time. Besides, McGraw’s voice is as smooth as a shot of Captain Morgan’s in an ice cold Coke. Why not sit back and enjoy?