Gary Allan – “Get Off On The Pain”
“Today,” Gary Allan’s most recent single, has roared up the charts with all the speed of a tree sloth, taking more than eight months to crack Billboard’s Top 20. It’s not exactly a mystery why–with a drippy string section and pedestrian theme, it’s more suited to a lesser light like Jimmy Wayne or Chuck Wicks.
“Get Off On The Pain,” the title track to Allan’s upcoming album, trades in the sap for a swagger that better suits the edgy singer. There’s no subtlety in the way he sings/shouts his way through the song (written by Bill Luther, Brett James and Justin Weaver), basing it instead all on raw emotion and lung power. There’s no moping around or drowning in self-pity, either. Sure, Allan may lament his luck of throwing good love after bad women, but in the way he sings “maybe I just get off on the pain” there’s the definite sense that any regrets are temporary and that he wouldn’t change his ways if he could.
The song also serves as a lesson for any aspiring singer who wants to know how to make a country song that pushes the borders of the traditional country sound and do it properly. The guitars snarl and the drums pound, but while most songs that try to be edgy and “rocking” are about as rock as the Jonas Brothers, this song has some teeth to it. The only slip-up was the addition of the Token Banjo, rapidly becoming the most annoying of all modern country song elements. If you have a song that sounds too pop or too rock, you just add the Token Banjo and presto, instant country song! Fortunately, it makes just a couple of brief plunking cameos and is then pushed out of the way by a slide guitar.
It is true that the schmaltz of “Today” is more in keeping with the general tone of modern mainstream country music. If we’re talking about song quality though, “Get Off On The Pain” is the one that should be creeping (or soaring) its way to hit status.
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