With all the hoopla surrounding Brantley Gilbert’s new album The Devil Don’t Sleep, I thought it would be a good time to take a step back and admire Brantley’s greatest works of art, his first two albums A Modern Day Prodigal Son and Halfway to Heaven. Often overlooked by country fans these two albums are arguably two of the best albums of the last decade. Brantley’s storytelling and sincerity in these albums are incredible and the songs only get better the more you listen to them. The albums came out during a critical point in Brantley’s life too. During this time Brantley was struggling through an intense alcohol addiction and you can really see his struggles with the addiction in his songwriting. Songs like a “Modern Day Prodigal Son” really delve into his addiction and his struggle to break free of it. Also found in these albums are the songs “Dirt Road Anthem” and “My Kinda Party” which were made famous by Jason Aldean but were originally wrote and recorded by Brantley. “More than Miles”, “You don’t know her like I do” and “Play me that Song” are all tremendously written songs about loving a girl and are some of my favorite Brantley songs of all-time. There are songs for every mood whether its rowdy hits like “Country Must be Countrywide” and “Kick it in the Sticks” or slower meaningful songs like ‘Indiana’s Angel” and “Saving Amy”. I could literally go on and on, about these masterpieces but the point is if you haven’t listened to these albums fully yet or maybe its just been a while and you need to refresh your memory, stop whatever you’re doing and open up your music app and press play, trust me you won’t regret it.
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