October 18, 2005
Mercury Nashville
Country, Contemporary Country, Honky Tonk, New Traditionalist

Album Review

The title of Tracy Lawrence's 2005 album Then & Now: The Hits Collection suggests that it's a greatest hits album -- in fact, the sticker on the front cover bills the album as a "greatest hits" -- but that's a little misleading. Instead of being a compilation of original hit recordings, Then and Now finds Lawrence revisiting a selection of his biggest hits -- such as "Sticks and Stones," "Alibis," "Texas Tornado" and "Time Marches On" -- adding two new songs ("Used to the Pain" and the war-themed "If I Don't Make It Back") to the mix. These new versions are a little more laid-back than the originals, and they're a little slicker too. And while that doesn't necessarily suit Lawrence's voice, which has grown a little thinner over the years, that doesn't make Then and Now a bad listen. It's a mellow, mature, comfortable record that finds Lawrence in a warm, reflective mood, and if his fans share his mood, they should find this enjoyable.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Used to the Pain
  2. Paint Me a Birmingham
  3. If I Don't Make It Back
  4. If the World Had a Front Porch
  5. Sticks and Stones
  6. Is That a Tear
  7. Time Marches On
  8. I See It Now
  9. How a Cowgirl Says Goodbye
  10. Alibis
  11. Today's Lonely Fool
  12. Can't Break It to My Heart
  13. Lessons Learned
  14. Texas Tornado
  15. Stars over Texas
  16. My Second Home
  17. If the Good Die Young
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