June 23,1997, Volume 17 - Number 11

Review Of Sawyer Brown's
Six Days On The Road

By Chick Aly

This offering reminds me how important sequencing is to a good album. "Six Days On The Road" begins and ends with songs of such substance that their placement as the album's bookends completely alters the disc's mood and impact. If you shuffled the songs randomly, Mark Miller's wrenching Civil War proffering "Another Side", would probably strike you as the least likely to be chosen as the first cut. Brilliant. From There, the songs branch into more familiar territory, but don't get me wrong, it's fun stuff. I have long considered Sawyer Brown to be a wonderfully entertaining band, and they don't disappoint here with ditties like "'Talkin' 'Bout You" and "Small Talk." The later diatribe against tabloid rumors and gossip bears the album's best lyric: We got a TV talk show/Talkin' about a radio talk show/Talkin' about the way nobody's talkin' anymore. Kudos to Curb for coming with the first single (the title track) that gives us a break from the verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-corus formula apparently now mandatory in Nashville. Haunting and poignant, the album's last cut is a tribute to the late Brook Berringer. The former University of Nebraska quarterback and Sawyer Brown fan died in a plane crash in 1996 the day before he was to receive his National Championship ring. "The Nebraska Song" shows that Sawyer Brown has a rare grasp on understatement and the power of that which goes unsaid.

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