Tim McGraw - Live Like You Were Dying
Original Release Date: August 24, 2004
Audio CD: August 24, 2004
Label: Curb Records
Bitrate: 320 kbps
On the back cover of his ninth album Tim McGraw sits atop a horse, which just happens to be standing in the foyer of an elegant home. McGraw sits backwards in the saddle, looking not at where he's going, but where he's been. The image tips off the theme of this solid, 16-song album--for a singer who doesn't write, it's as close to autobiography as it gets. "How Bad Do You Want It," for example references not only bluesman Robert Johnson's crossroads chat with ol' Lucifer, but also the kind of relentless drive that got McGraw to the top of the Nashville heap. The dryly funny "Back When" finds the man who recently bought a $6.4 million Beverly Hills mansion yearning for a simpler time. "Walk Like a Man" talks about the kind of abusive father McGraw himself had before he discovered he was the son of baseball legend Tug McGraw. The late pitcher is surely the subject of three songs here about death, loss, and carrying on, especially the title track, a big, uplifting affirmation of life. If it's also a little sappy, so be it--singing about the most painful thing he's ever endured, he gives it a dignified, understated reading (and only a week or so after his father's passing). It takes an artist to do that, and while McGraw may not be the greatest of warblers, nobody in country can touch him at conveying emotions too deep to express in words. Look for this to be the album of his career. ~ Alanna Nash
Grammy award winning superstar Tim McGraw will release his ninth album on August 24 2004, Live Like You Were Dying. The album is one of the most anticipated releases due this year and will feature his touring band, the Dancehall Doctors, for their second consecutive project. The album's title track, written by Craig Wiseman and Tim Nichols, has become the fastest rising chart single of McGraw's career, breaking into the top 5 in just 4 weeks and # 1 in six weeks.
McGraw's deepest and most personal album yet;
Tim McGraw is quickly proving himself to be a musical innovator. Along with his band, the superb Dancehall Doctors, he has created his two best albums yet: TIM MCGRAW AND THE DANCEHALL DOCTORS, and this one.
LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING is a ride through progressive, alternative, outlawish country music, with enough radio-friendliness to ensure airplay. McGraw certainly knows how to select songs; all of these are brilliantly written by some of today's best songwriters (Rodney Crowell, Tom Douglas, Bruce Robison, Craig Wiseman, Casey Beathard, the Warren Brothers, Don Schlitz, James Slater, etc).
McGraw deals with depression and hope on "Kill Myself," "We Carry On," and the title track; covers heartbreak in "Old Town New" and "Something's Broken;" eternal love on "My Best Friend" and "Just Be Your Tear;" abuse and recovery on "Walk Like a Man;" and adds in enough sarcastic, sardonic humor in "Everybody Hates Me," "Do You Want Fries With That," and "Back When" to keep this album from getting TOO serious.
One of the most dependable hitmakers, it's easy to pass Tim McGraw off as a one-man act; easy, but not true. His penchant for choosing high-class songs has helped him build a legacy hit after hit after hit. LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING is probably the best--and most personal--album McGraw has recorded yet. In fact, it's quite possible that, decades from now, people will look back on it as a classic example of country music done right. ~ DanD
An Album That Will Change Your Outlook On Life;
Tim McGraw's latest album "Live Like You Were Dying" is one of my favorite albums of the year, which is a lot to say considering the fact that country music is not my forte. The music on this album is unbelievable at making you want to get up and sing at the top of your lungs, even if you're like me and don't know the words. It's inspirational and fun all at the same time. Every song on the album has that good old country music feeling, all the lyrics are sang with dragged out syllables and typical steel guitar and country instruments.
I'm not going to lie and say I bought the album because I was a huge Tim McGraw fan, the truth is was his first single was so catchy and got stuck in my head for days I had to purchase it just to keep my sanity. It wasn't until after listening to the same song over and over again for about five hours until I ventured off to experience the rest of the album.
Only one song has been released so far off this album but it is filled with sixteen awesome tracks. One of my personal favorite songs on the album is "Back When". The lyrics are basically Tim McGraw pleading with the people listening to the album to somehow bring things back to the "good old days". The great thing about this song is that he does this in a very comical way. The chorus is Tim asking do you remember when "a hoe was a hoe, coke was a coke, and crack was what you were doing when you were cracking jokes". When I first heard these lyrics it brought a smile and a little bit of laughter to my face.
The reason I bought this album though was for the song, "Live Like You Were Dying", the title of the album. The song is about his father who one day was diagnosed with cancer. The song starts off with Tim expressing the confusion that someone typically goes through when presented with information like this, but it makes a huge one hundred and eighty degree turn in emotion when Tim talks about how his father handled it. He lets us know that his father took this as an opportunity to live life to the fullest. Tim asks his dad what he's going to do with his life now that he has this always in the back of his mind. His father tells him he went "skydiving, I went rocky mountain climbing, I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Machu", basically telling him that he's going to live his life the way he always wanted to. He then goes onto how he began to care a lot more about his family and friends, and how he appreciated life so much more. To most people these might just be lyrics to sell songs and make money but to me these words really hit home. For the first time in my life after listening to this song it left me with a different outlook in life, it made me a lot more appreciate for the things and people that I have in my life.
You might think I'm just B.S.ing you but think what you want this is how I feel, and I mean what I say. So if you're looking to change your outlook on life and need somewhere to start I would definitely recommend this album. Even if you're not looking for that this album is also just great to kick back and listen to. ~ Anthony Hopkins
Tim McGraw - vocals
Dean Brown - mandolin, fiddle
Darran Smith - acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Denny Hemingson - electric guitar, slide guitar, steel guitar, baritone guitar, dobro
Billy Mason - drums
Bob MInner - acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin
David Dunkley - percussion
Jeff McMahon - piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer piano, Hammond b-3 organ, synthesizer
John Marcus - bass instrument
Brett Warren - background vocals
Also: Faith Hill
Tim McGraw - Live Like You Were Dying tracks:
01 How Bad Do You Want It
02 My Old Friend
03 Can't Tell Me Nothin'
04 Old Town New
05 Live Like You Were Dying
06 Drugs or Jesus
07 Back When
08 Something's Broken
09 Open Season on My Heart
10 Everybody Hates Me
11 Walk Like a Man
12 Blank Sheet of Paper
13 Just Be Your Tear
14 Do You Want Fries With That
15 Kill Myself
16 We Carry On