CD Review: Set This Circus Down - Tim McGraw
"If I walked around at all it was in bits and pieces of a jagged heart. You kissed me and every piece went back in place, every pain got erased."
If you saw last year's (2000) CMA awards, you saw Tim sing the next song, "Things Change." This song made history in that it was recorded from the televised performance, uploaded to Napster, then the radio stations picked up on it and played it enough that it charted without ever being released. It charted as high as 32 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles. The song talks about the artists we refer to as legends today, and how they were not always that way. He refers to Hank Sr., Elvis, and rebels such as Waylon and Willie. It talks about how things were, and how things change.
"Angel Boy" is another of the more pop-sounding songs, and very different from anything Tim's ever done. It even has a part where the background singers sing "Ba ba ba ba ba," and it reminds me of a Partridge Family song.
"Forget About Us" was written by Mark Collie, whom will be included on the Set This Circus Down tour that Tim will be doing along with Kenny Chesney. This one talks about trying to get over a relationship. "I'm gonna think again about the way it was. I'm gonna close my eyes and forget about us."
In "Take Me Away From Here" continues the feeling of trying to get over a relationship. "Give me hopes and dreams to fill my head. Push my heart, so I can fly again." This song was also included on the soundtrack for the Sylvester Stallone motion picture Driven.
"Smilin'" has a quality about it that is similar, at least to me, to "Something Like That." It's a mid-tempo tune about being happy and just smilin'.
"Set This Circus Down" is another sure single. It talks about chasing your dreams with the one you love. "I've gone your way and you've gone my way and everwhere in between..."
"Angry All The Time" was written and performed originally by Bruce Robison with wife, Kelly Willis. Faith provides background vocals for this powerful song. "Here we are, what is left of a husband and a wife, with four good kids who have a way of getting on with their lives..." They do a great job with this, even though it's not your typical Faith & Tim duet.
"Let Me Love You" is very Latin-flavored, and it reminds me a bit of Sting's "Fragile." Love it!
The first single from the album, "Grown Men Don't Cry" is really touching, and shows that grown men really DO cry. Another very different style of song for Tim.
"Why We Said Goodbye" is a really sad ballad, reminiscent of "Please Remember Me."
There are no bad songs on the album. However, if I had to pick only four more to become singles, I'd have to pick: "The Cowboy In Me," "Telluride" "Set This Circus Down," and "Angry All The Time."
After all is said and done, this is another excellent album from Tim, and I highly recommend it.