RELEASE
October 18, 2005
LABEL
Mercury Nashville
GENRES
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 Painhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/used-to-the-pain/id81775586?i=81775588&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Paint Me a Birminghamhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/paint-me-a-birmingham/id81775586?i=81775594&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. If I Don't Make It Backhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/if-i-dont-make-it-back/id81775586?i=81775606&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. If the World Had a Front Porchhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/if-the-world-had-a-front-porch/id81775586?i=81775616&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Sticks and Stoneshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/sticks-and-stones/id81775586?i=81775623&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Is That a Tearhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/is-that-a-tear/id81775586?i=81775634&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Time Marches Onhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/time-marches-on/id81775586?i=81775639&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. I See It Nowhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-see-it-now/id81775586?i=81775643&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. How a Cowgirl Says Goodbyehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/how-a-cowgirl-says-goodbye/id81775586?i=81775654&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Alibishttp://itunes.apple.com/album/alibis/id81775586?i=81775661&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Today's Lonely Foolhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/todays-lonely-fool/id81775586?i=81775668&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Can't Break It to My Hearthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/cant-break-it-to-my-heart/id81775586?i=81775676&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Lessons Learnedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lessons-learned/id81775586?i=81775689&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Texas Tornadohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/texas-tornado/id81775586?i=81775694&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Stars over Texashttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stars-over-texas/id81775586?i=81775698&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. My Second Homehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/my-second-home/id81775586?i=81775703&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. If the Good Die Younghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/if-the-good-die-young/id81775586?i=81775709&uo=5&at=11l9vR
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