Chris Willman
September 03, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Live Like You Were Dying

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Tim McGraw
Producers
Curb
genre
Country

We gave it a B

With Garth in suspicious retirement, Tim McGraw has assumed the mantle of superstar perpetually torn between bombastic hokum and genuinely affecting songcraft. The conflict?s particularly apparent in Live Like You Were Dying?s massive title ballad, which takes a reasonable enough carpe diem sentiment and nearly browbeats you to death with it. But more of the album comes down on the right side of chest-thumping versus heart-baring, notably the small-town frustration of ”Old Town New” and quasi-biblical symbolism of ”Kill Myself.”

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