Get Off On the Pain (Deluxe Edition) by Gary Allan on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Gary Allan is the archetypal country outlaw with a broken heart, making albums that mix rugged resolve with a haunting sense of loss. Get Off On the Pain is filled with emotionally true accounts of wounded love and hard-won acceptance. Allan has refined the aching edge of his voice into an instrument of subtle skill. As tormented ballads like “Today” and “Along the Way” show, he knows how to convey suffering while maintaining his dignity. The material here is up to his high standards, with “Kiss Me When I’m Down” (an account of a damaged relationship that draws real blood) and “No Regrets” (a nostalgic number filled with bittersweet gratitude) standing out for their tough-minded honesty. Allan turns his hard knocks into an anthem in the ornery title tune and soars above everyday troubles in “That Ain’t Gonna Fly.” The album’s sweeter tunes — especially “She Gets Me” and “When You Give Yourself Away” — still retain the grit of Allan’s honky-tonk days. In the end, Get Off On the Pain transcends its world of hurt to arrive at a place of hope and forgiveness.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gary Allan is the archetypal country outlaw with a broken heart, making albums that mix rugged resolve with a haunting sense of loss. Get Off On the Pain is filled with emotionally true accounts of wounded love and hard-won acceptance. Allan has refined the aching edge of his voice into an instrument of subtle skill. As tormented ballads like “Today” and “Along the Way” show, he knows how to convey suffering while maintaining his dignity. The material here is up to his high standards, with “Kiss Me When I’m Down” (an account of a damaged relationship that draws real blood) and “No Regrets” (a nostalgic number filled with bittersweet gratitude) standing out for their tough-minded honesty. Allan turns his hard knocks into an anthem in the ornery title tune and soars above everyday troubles in “That Ain’t Gonna Fly.” The album’s sweeter tunes — especially “She Gets Me” and “When You Give Yourself Away” — still retain the grit of Allan’s honky-tonk days. In the end, Get Off On the Pain transcends its world of hurt to arrive at a place of hope and forgiveness.

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About Gary Allan

Gary Allan hit the honky tonk circuit in his native Southern California at the seasoned age of 12. Playing in and out of the smoky, sweaty bars with his dad's band led Allan to follow in his father's footsteps and start his own band. When Allan returned to those same honky tonks with his own combo, the sound was true Bakersfield country: Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and the rest. Allan spent most of his twenties honing his skills as a new traditionalist country singer; finally, in 1996, he was picked up by the Decca label. Used Heart for Sale appeared that year, and even if it was a bit timid, the album established Allan as a talented performer with plenty of potential. Two years later he returned with It Would Be You. This time out, Allan suffered from slick Nashville production, which winnowed away most of his whiskey-soaked barroom charm. Nevertheless, his talent shone through. In 1999, Decca closed its doors. Allan's contract was picked up by MCA, which released his Smoke Rings in the Dark later that year. The album combined most of what Allan did best -- dusty honky tonk, cracked country ballads -- into a solid effort that didn't get too heavy with the Music City sheen. The album even included a rousing cover of the Del Shannon classic "Runaway" that harked back to Allan's younger days on the honky tonk circuit. With 2001's Alright Guy, an accomplished mix of driving, dusty swagger and slow-burn croon, Allan proved that he was only getting better with age. Its single, "Man to Man," became the singer's first number one hit. Allan toured extensively in support of Alright Guy before beginning work on a follow-up album, and when See If I Care appeared in September 2003, it was another solid set of Bakersfield-derived country and poignant balladry. Tough All Over, a Top Ten hit, arrived in 2005. A greatest-hits collection was issued early in 2007, followed by a new studio project, Living Hard, later in the year. The single "Today" arrived in June 2009 and debuted on the chart at number 52; it was followed by the album Get Off on the Pain in early 2010. After a world tour and a rest, Allan went into the studio to record in 2012. The single "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)," appeared in September of that year, while its accompanying album, Set You Free, was released in January of 2013. ~ Johnny Loftus

  • ORIGIN
    La Mirada, CA
  • BORN
    Dec 5, 1967

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