Tough All Over (Music - Gary Allan)

Genre: Country; Lead Performer: Gary Allan; Producer (group): MCA Nashville

The music of California honky-tonker Gary Allan has always set itself apart with a dark, dreamy vibe and an edge of hypnotic danger. Yet Tough All Over, which deals with his wife’s 2004 suicide, plunges deeper. ”I Just Got Back From Hell” is a swirl of anger and anguish. Still, the jangly pop of ”Ring” buoys the mood, and Allan finds peace with the ballad ”Life Ain’t Always Beautiful.” Tough is a bold album of soul-piercing beauty.

Originally posted October 17 2005 — 12:00 AM EDT

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