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  • Audio CD (23 Sep 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,198 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tough All Over
2. Best I Ever Had
3. I Just Got Back From Hell
4. Ring
5. Promise Broken
6. Nick A Jack Cave
7. Life Ain't Always Beautiful
8. He Can't quit Her
9. What Kind Of Fool
10. Puttin' Memories Away
11. No Damn Good
12. Putting My Misery On Display

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DP Stone on 4 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
My father always tried to get me into country music but I always fought against him. Now in my mid-20s I've come to realise that country is as varied and diverse as any other genre, it has it's cheesey ye-ha's and then it has it's Johnny Cash's. Gary Allan is very much in the non-cringe camp - this is country, raw, passionate and from the heart.

The album is his first since his wife's tragic suicide and has an overwhelming sense of loss hanging over it. But Allan isn't a man to wallow in self pity, this album charts his darkest moments and bleak lonliness but always ends with a positive note. On "I Just Got Back From Hell" we hear a man who has suffered but has got back on his feet again, "Life Ain't Always Beautiful" is a tale of loss that could move you wipe away a stray tear.

The nod to Johnny Cash on "Nickajack Cave" brings in the theme of redemption to show a glimmer of hope and a way out of the darkness. On "He Can't Quit Her" we hear the story of guy in love with a hooker, and a warning to stay away from temptation.

You get the feeling that Allan has been there, done that and seen a lot along the way. And it all adds up to one hell of an album.
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By harry.r on 27 Dec 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I must admit i did'nt know about gary allan until recently,but having found out what a great talent this man is i have brought three of his cd's and must say every one a gem.Great songs and music one alt/country fan's.
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By P. Hodgson on 19 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
The best album I have heard of this genre. Some of the songs are the best of any genre. Enjoy.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Under-valued craftsman. 12 Oct 2005
By A* - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Gary Allan's latest has a backstory to it. The pain he grieves on this new set of songs is honest and heartbreaking to listen to. His voice has always had this sexy growl to it, but now it's weighted down with a sense of purpose and that makes this disc such a mood twisting gem.

The best cut off this disc is the "The Best I Ever Had." Alan didn't write it, but he lives in this song. He nails the delivery, tone and pathos of it. Also, "Just Got Back from Hell," is another display of his vocal ability.

I've always been a fan of his. In concert, there is still a clairty and comfort to his songs that makes the transition from disc to performance easy. He doesn't come across at any moment as if he doesn't have a great understanding of his craft, self, and what the audience wants.

I wish country radio would wake up and offer stronger support for a man who should be known on a bigger scale. If folks can clap and cheer on mass scales when Gretchen Wilson sings about "Skoal" why can't they appreciate an artist with heart.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I almost feel guilty for enjoying this album so much... 12 Oct 2005
By DanD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...I mean, the pain you hear in Allan's voice is genuine; the haunting lyrics were chosen (or written) to exemplify that inner turmoil. Allan and co-producer Mark Wright often contrast the soulful lyrics with pounding drums, sizzling guitars, and echoing vocals. It is an album that will either inspire you or depress you, depending on the mood you're in when you begin listening to it.

It would be a long-shot to say that this is Allan's best work; it would be hard to top his previous effort, SEE IF I CARE. Still, TOUGH ALL OVER is definitely the best album released so far this year, and probably the most daring; with such haunting tunes as "Best I've Ever Had," "He Can't Quit Her," and the eloquent "Promise Broken," Gary Allan establishes himself as a mainstream artist with an alternative mindset. His self-penned "Putting My Misery on Display" is an autobiographical glimpse at the way he copes with his pain during his shows; other tunes, such as "Ring," "No Damn Good," and the title track re-route his pain into love lost.

There is still hope, though, and that is what truly makes this album a musical gem. "I Just Got Back From Hell," though arguably one of the darkest songs you've ever heard, does have a glimpse of hope in it: "I just got back from Hell, and I'm standin' here alive/I know it's really hard to tell/Don't know how I survived." The piano ballad "Life Ain't Always Beautiful" (complete with a haunting harmonica) promises: "Life ain't always beautiful/But it's a beautiful ride." And "Nickajack Cave," one of the best tunes on here, is about how Johnny Cash found his spiritual redemption.

There you have it. TOUGH ALL OVER is one of the best albums released this year. As always, Gary Allan is a powerful, engaging performer (see him live, if you haven't yet). He takes musical risks, and yet knows exactly what his fans expect of him; without giving a hoot about what critics or radio has to say, he makes music his own way. This is one of the best albums you will ever purchase, I promise you. If it does not move you...well, in that case, you aren't human.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Allan's Best Album Ever and one of the best of the year 17 Nov 2005
By Jim Bagley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Recorded in the aftermath of his wife's suicide, Gary Allan's sixth cd Tough All Over is his cathartic response to this tragedy. While the subject matter is bleak, the raspy Allan skillfully keeps the proceedings from becoming a complete downer (the one exception: "He Can't Quit Her," a southern rock tale of addiction and murder).

Loss is the overwhelming theme of this cohesive album. Sarcasm and lively instrumentation greet the ex-lover who spurns him on the title track and the Kostas-penned gem "Ring." Meanwhile, the sparsely accompanied "Life Ain't Always Beautiful" and the Beatlesque "Best I Ever Had" look wistfully back on, then optimistically ahead after, a failed relationship. Recovery also plays a prominent role here, most notably on the stark "I Just Got Back From Hell" and the rockabilly "Nickajack Cave," the latter tune dealing with the redemption of Johnny Cash from drugs and alcohol.

Tough All Over concludes with three of Allan's compositions, including a six-minute power ballad "Putting My Misery On Display" that deftly chronicles the lonely life of a performer on the road. It's an appropriately intimate ending to the best, most personal album Allan has ever crafted. Along with Lee Ann Womack's More Where That Came From, it is one of the best albums of the year in any genre.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If you buy only one country music CD this year, make it this one 11 Nov 2005
By Mary Katherine Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I didn't used to like country music, I made fun of it and would avoid listening to it at all costs. Only through repeated exposure the summer of 2000 did I discover what I had been cheating myself out of, and five years later, I listen to almost nothing but country music. Especially Gary Allan. He hooked me from the beginning with "Smoke Rings in the Dark" and has kept me ever since. I listen to all sorts of artists, but Gary is the one artist I play more than any other, and I will go to every concert of his I can.

I admit my prejudices so you know right off I'm biased. That said, however, I honestly believe this is the BEST country music CD released this year. If you have never paid much attention to Gary, you will after listening to this CD. Much is made of the circumstances behind this album, and many note that this is not the happiest music to play at a party. But if you appreciate real artistry, thrill to hear outstanding craftsmanship in musicianship, love a well written song, you will find this album to be pure bliss. And what I find most remarkable is for an album full of songs about loss, it is not the least bit depressing. Anyone who is hesistating to buy this album because of thinking it might be too much of a "downer" should not avoid this record. You will find yourself dancing to "Ring" and "What Kind of Fool" without even realizing it. When shivers go down your spine during "Puttin' Memories Away" or "Life Ain't Always Beautiful", you will feel like your soul has been touched. To hear the rich bass and steel guitars, the singing of the fiddles, the delightful touches of banjo, harmonica, and organ, and the powerful way Gary's voice communicates so much more than just the lyrics on the page could are all reasons to listen to this album repeatedly. If you have been moved by Gary's superior cover of "Best I Ever Had", you will find more soul-stirring songs on the rest of the album.

There are many great country CDs out right now, but if you buy only one, make it this one.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of the greatest CDs I've ever bought 18 Oct 2005
By R. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have always been a mediocre Gary Allan fan, and liked him a little more after purchasing "See If I Care" (another great CD, by the way). After I heard the tragic news about Allan's wife, I was very surprised that he continued to do music. When I heard this album was coming out, I knew it would probably be one of the most heartfelt and meaningful albums I'd ever heard, and I was not disappointed. Even from opening the case and seeing a skeleton rodeo rider on the CD label, playing off of the silhouette rodeo rider on the CD cover of 'See If I Care', this album has a much darker tone, but is really a beautiful creation.

'Tough All Over' and 'Best I Ever Had' are two great ways to start off the CD, and really got me in the mood for some good country music. 'Promise Broken', 'He Can't Quit Her' and 'Putting My Misery on Display' are three other songs that I'll skip to before going back to the beginning of the CD and listening through the whole thing. 'Ring Ring', 'Life Ain't Always Beautiful', and 'Puttin' Memories Away' are also very good songs. The only song that I skip past on here is 'Nickajack Cave', which many people will like, but is just not my style. All in all, this is the best CD I have purchased in a long time. I recently bought many other CDs, including Brad Paisley's 'Time Well Wasted', George Strait's 'Somewhere Down in Texas', and Keith Urban's 'Be Here', and I skip over all of them and go straight to this album. It is GREAT!
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