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Album Review

Pat Green's music can be described as one part Texas singer/songwriter and one part arena-friendly pop/rock with a rootsy twist, sort of a fusion of Robert Earl Keen and Hootie & the Blowfish, which might sound like a slight until you consider the level of craft both acts put into their music. Pat Green became a major star in Texas on the strength of his engaging live show and a handful of self-released and distributed albums he made in the '90s, but he hasn't been able to conquer the record business nationwide with quite the same panache as he did in the Lone Star State, and Cannonball, his fourth major label effort (and tenth overall) finds him shifting gears a bit as he jumps from Universal to his new corporate home at BNA/BMG. While Green's tales of life in Regular Guy Land cover the same sort of territory as usual — love that feels really good when it works, love that feels kinda sad when it doesn't, and life with his buddies and family below the Mason Dixon line — Green has a noticeably harder rock & roll edge than in the past (or least what passes for a rock & roll edge in mainstream country), and his vocals suggest he's been listening to a lot of classic heartland rock these days (which, since he's working with the producer who made some of John Mellencamp's best records, makes sense). Green has the voice and personality to make the more direct approach work, his band seems to enjoy having the opportunity to tear a little deeper into the material, and "Virginia Belle" is a great single that suggests Counting Crows on a vacation in Texas (which in this case is a good thing). But most of the time, Cannonball loses a share of the easygoing charm and simple emotional clarity that's marked Green's best work, and the greater warmth and friendliness of his earlier material is missed. Cannonball is still the work of a singer and songwriter who put a lot of sweat and honest labor into this album, and the effort isn't wasted, but Green's music here lacks some of the small-town humanity that made him memorable in the first place; a turn of events that might make some fans uneasy.

Customer Reviews

What planet are you on?

To represent Pat Green as anything but loved and a TRUE SON OF TEXAS is misguided in some kind of twisted jealous dribble. This album is probably his best overall work. I guess if upbeat, feel good music is not your stuff, and you'd prefer to just wallow in your misery, then yes, don't buy Pat Green! How does it jive that just because Pat now has national exposure after MANY years beating the roads in Texas, does that somehow make him less "Texan"? In the words of Ray Wiley Hubbard "We've got Pat, Cor, Charlie, and so many more?" Why do you suppose that line is in the defacto state anthem "Screw You, Were from Texas"? Pat still plays benefit concerts, is accessable, and the same person he's always been. Besides, the idea here is to review the MUSIC, not the person. I doubt you even listened to or bought the album. I have, so I feel entitled to a REAL review. I would hope your misguided review would not dissuade someone from buying a great album. Several 5 star songs on a solid front to back album, including, Cannonball, Love Like That, Missing Me, and i'm probably skipping a few..... BTW, "Finder's Keepers", a duo with Sara Evans, written by the great Matraca Berg, is truly a gem. Why it was never released as a single, I have no clue.

All Pat, All Day!

In my opinion,this is one of the greatest albums ever written. I would rank it up there with "Born To Run" by Springsteen. It has great Texas songs, great love songs, great drinking songs, and it just makes me happy. These reviews include people bemoaning the loss of the "old Pat". Singers, just like people, evolve over time. Pat has stretched his music a bit, but the music still does Texas proud.

Come on

Ok come on whats going on with the sun glasses, gay guy shirt and skinny jeans your a TEXAN but now i think your state has shunned you

Biography

Born: April 5, 1972 in San Antonio, TX

Genre: Country

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

Texas native Pat Green got his start in country music while still attending college in the mid-'90s. As a teenager, Green had quickly taken to the sounds of several Lone Star State performers: Robert Earl Keen, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Willie Nelson. He started writing songs at age 18 while studying at Texas Tech, and was eager and earnest to make something more happen with music. After convincing his parents to loan him some money, Green recorded the album Dancehall Dreamer and independently...
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