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Album Review

This self-titled effort is album number three and a half for Darryl Worley, if you count his last release, 2003's Have You Forgotten?, largely cobbled together from his first two albums to cash in on the jingoistic single of the same name (which in turn was made to cash in on the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq) and featuring only six new songs, as half an album. Actually, Worley might have been better advised to wait a little longer before putting out a new disc, but then he and his advisors may have wanted to reposition him quickly from his flag-waving persona of 2003; the press release for this album claims it "completely reinvents him as an artist." If so, it reinvents him as a man somewhat humbled by world events, but still interested in them. In "Awful Beautiful Life," the single released long in advance of the album, he mentions in the song's bridge a cousin serving in Iraq (mispronounced "EYE-rack," of course), adding "We're all aware that he may never make it back." "Wake Up America" (the title should have a comma after "Up") sounds like it's going to be a political diatribe from the title, but it turns out to be a lament about drug addiction, an interesting cause for a singer whose songs are sopping with alcohol. More like it is the character of Earl, the protagonist of "I Love Her, She Hates Me," whose reply to every question, whether about Wall Street or football, is, "I love her, she hates me, I drink." Worley and his 18 fellow songwriters are steeped in standard country music subject matter: drinking, cheating, drinking, redemption, drinking, murder, drinking, being Southern, and drinking. They describe these subjects in lyrics that are filled with near and not-so-near rhymes (in one song, the word "drink" is rhymed with "tank," "gain," "game," "thing," and "lane") and littered with clichés, and Worley's backup musicians play typical country music with rock rhythms, a fiddle and a steel guitar never out of the mix for long. Worley has a serviceable but basically anonymous low tenor. This is nearly generic Nashville product, but Worley performs it with conviction, and that earns him his moment in the sun.

Customer Reviews

Your Itunes review is a joke

Your review of Darryl Worrley is not only wrong but INCREDIBLY opionated to the point that it hurts Itunes reputation to employ such a dumb reviewer. Darryl did not write that song to "cash in on 9'11". He donated much of the sales to the 9/11 foundation. I am very dissappointed in you Itunes. In a world where everything is politics somehow that idiot reviewer was able to bring politics into a simple review of an album. What a joke. Im stealing all songs from Limewire from now on. You guys lost a customer.


What a giant pile of garbage review this was. It seems the "pro" reviewer couldn't see through his/her own anti-American bias to formulate an accurate or at least balanced review. I give Darryl Worley a big thumbs up.......God Bless America.

Solid Songs solid values

I wonder if the "professional reviewer and I heard the same album. Awful Beautiful is just that. If something should happen should touch the heart of the most jaded, particularly anyone who has had a brush with a serious health problem. Wake Up America deals with a serious issue in a thoughtful way and should give everyone something to think about. While it has more than its share of good ole boy drinking songs, they show a self depricating humor that the "blue state" coasters don't get. Over all worth a listen.


Born: October 31, 1964 in Pyburn, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Country singer/songwriter Darryl Worley grew up in Pyburn, TN, the son of a father who left his job at a local paper company to become a Methodist preacher and a mother who was a featured singer in the church choir. He became a hard-working yet rebellious young man -- earning a degree in biology with a minor in organic chemistry while drinking bootlegged whiskey and partying at honky tonks -- who never gave up on making music his full-time pursuit. While holding various jobs, including a stint as...
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