Gary Allan recently released his new single "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" from his upcoming album, Set You Free, due in early 2013. Gary has been away from radio for awhile, but if this single is a preview of the album to come, he has some great things planned for us.
First of all, this song isn't incredibly "country". It was a grooving guitar sound that flows through it. That's not a bad thing at all. Good music is good music. I'll take a great song with rock rhythms over a corny song with fiddle any day. Gary has a gravel and twang to his voice though that makes this song still feel right at home in the mainstream country world.
One of my biggest factors I look at when listening to a song is believability. Obviously, every singer can't live every song they sing, but I want to hear it and believe that they could. Gary, though, has lived this song and the believability is through the roof. I won't beat a dead horse, fans know about Gary's rough life, stemming from the suicide of his wife. If anyone can sing about getting through tough times, its Gary. And he does so with compassion and wisdom of a man who has been there and knows that it will get better with time.
Lyrically, the song is solid, if not terribly original. We've heard the storm comparison to life's problems many times, but this song still feels fresh. Maybe it's because country radio is so lacking of anything other than a truck and beer song. But the lyrics are not the strength here... its the tune. This is without a doubt one of the catchiest songs on radio in years. When you get it in your heard, you will sing it all day.
This song is well written, its believable, and its catchy as all get out... That's the makings of a big ole hit, and a darn good song in my book! Gary's storm of life appears to be running out of rain, and the music stemming from it looks promising. I can't wait to hear the rest of Set You Free!