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Let's Be Us Again
Genres: Country, Pop
Lonestar has sold the bulk of their 8 million albums on the strength of two things: lead singer Richie McDonald's straight-to-the-heart, emotive vocals, and crossover songs that express the Hallmark sentiments of tongue-ti... more »
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Lonestar has sold the bulk of their 8 million albums on the strength of two things: lead singer Richie McDonald's straight-to-the-heart, emotive vocals, and crossover songs that express the Hallmark sentiments of tongue-tied Romeos and Wal-Mart dads. The premier target of these valentines is the stay-at-home mom who needs only one thing more than sleep, and that's serious romance and appreciation--something more than flowers on Mother's Day and a once-a-month restaurant dinner with the kids in tow. Let's Be Us Again, which again balances power guitar and pedal steel in the quest for radio airplay, hits that button time and again. The title song doesn't match up to the anthemic pop ballad "Amazed," but it does strike an emotional chord. McDonald and company strive mightily to put the intimacy back into long-term relationships with "That Gets Me," "What I Miss the Most," and "Summertime." Where the album disappoints is in its over-the-top paeans to family, first in the insufferable "Let Them Be Little," then in the nice but unconvincing "Women Rule the World," and finally in the trite "Mr. Mom." It's times like these that Lonestar seems most guilty of pandering, if not treacle. Buyer beware: sugar buzz ahead. --Alanna Nash
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Melissa G. from CHARLESTON, WV
Reviewed on 2/4/2007...
this is a great cd...it has a few of their popular songs on it.
Lonestar Needs to be "Us" Again
T. Yap | Sydney, NSW, Australia | 10/01/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Prime Cuts: Let's Be Us Again, What I Miss the Most, From There to Here
Back in the late 90s, Lonestar enjoyed a career makeover. Divorcing itself from its Texan honky tonk spit and sawdust roots, they have indulged in anthemic balladry and Eagles-influenced country rockers. Gone are the pressed starched shirts, Stetson hats and cowboy boots, the Lonestar of today (as pictured on the album sleeve) wears designer jeans and leather jackets, looking more like an over grown boy band. Such a move certainly paid off handsomely as Lonestar has anchored itself firmly as country radio's darling.
"Let's Be Us Again" continues Lonestar's winning streak with the standard over-the-top power ballads and popish rockers. I have no qualms with artists trying to placate the support of radio; after all without airplay, it's commercial suicide for any artist. But has Lonestar gone too far? So far that "Let's Be Us Again" becomes a marketing ploy rather than an artistic expression of the group's ingenuity.
How sincere are these guys on the loquacious "Mr. Mom" and the guitar driven rocker "Women Rule the World"? Are lines such as "They're so sexy when they're mamas," "In all shapes and sizes they make my temperature rise" really from the heart? Or are they pretentiously written so as to tickle the fancy of country music's largely female audience? Trace Adkins has done it with the extremely degrading and insulting "Hot Mama," is Lonestar following suit?
The rest of the album doesn't get better. Most of the songs deal with themes that are far too safe within country music's canon. The titles say it all: "County Fair," "T.G.I.F.," "Summertime," and "Class Reunion." Following in the shadow of their mega smash hit "Amazed," most of the ballads here are powerhouse performance with Richie McDonald trying to prove that he could reach and sustain the high notes, rather than trying to express the emotions of the songs. With that said, the romantic title cut "Let's Be Us Again," the melancholic "What I Miss the Most" and the inspirational "From There to Here" are still ingratiating.
Like many male bands and artists, Lonestar's eagerness for success has made "Let's Be Us Again" pretty pretentious. Maybe Lonestar should take their own advice and "let's be us again." They need to re-discover their own identity and chose songs that express that identity, rather than fashion itself into an over grown boy band singing mawkish material."
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Steven Resnick | Portland, OR | 11/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't really listen to country music but Lonestar is one of the bands or country artists that I will listen too. They're very easy to listen too they aren't full of that twang when they sing and I enjoy most of their songs. Let's Be Us Again is the best song on the CD because during that time I had just gotten out of a long relationship and that song spoke to me even though we will never be together again it's worth listening too. Cause that song gives you hope that someday maybe you could be together again. I do also enjoy Lonestar over Rascall Flatts because well his voice sounds way better and not as high as the lead singer of Rascall Flatts."