Rex Hobart & The Misery
Boys - "Forever Always Ends"
Shania and Garth this ain’t. Rex Hobart and his accompanying Misery
Boys are not the twangy pop that passes for country music these days.
Forever Always Ends is the sort of old-school country that makes you
alternately want to fight or cry.
The album covers both the boot stomping honky-tonk variety of country
(ie- "I Always Cry at Weddings"), as well as the crying tears in your
beer sort of tune (ie- "I'll Never Sleep It Off") that everyone can
relate to - country fan or otherwise. My only gripe is that nearly
every song falls into one of those two catagories and the album suffers
from a lack of 'middle ground'. For the most part, this album is either
rocking or napping.
If anything, it suffers from being too laid-back. It kicks off strongly
enough, but there isn't another kick-up-your-heels tune after that
until "Between A Rock and a Heartache," five tracks later. The dancin’
songs are for the most part relegated to the back half of the disc, and
could have been spread more judiciously over the whole album.
My only other gripe was regarding the mix - specifically the steel. It
was in the forefront on far too many songs, and even got in the way of
a few, most notably "I Walked In While He Was Changing Your Mind,"
which would have worked more effectively for me with just the drums and
acoustic guitar of the intro carried throughout.
Having gotten these minor complaints off my chest, I should remind you
that I really enjoyed this CD. There are moments where I really smiled
and enjoyed the songwriting and musicianship. "Make Me Hate You Before
I Go" is a perfect break-up song, with a lovely little lonesome whistle
in the middle. And the rousing "Losing Combination" closes out the
album on an upbeat note.
Put Forever Always Ends in
your CD player on shuffle, and this disc is well worth the price. And
unlike most of your collection, this one will never go out of style.