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Single Review: Gary Allan – ‘Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)’

After nearly two years of inactivity following a shake-up at UMG Nashville, Gary Allan’s label home, the singer has finally returned with new music. “Every Storm” is the lead single from a new album titled Set You Free due early next year.  Early in his career, Allan fashioned himself as country music’s resident dark horse, singing songs of the underdog with a delivery that is equal parts been-there conviction and gravelly determination.  That formula translated to magic with songs like “Smoke Rings In The Dark” and “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful”. But can it also sell a light at the end of the tunnel message? Apparently so.

There’s a low-key organ framing the first verse for the obligatory melancholy in a Gary Allan single which gives way to a chorus of inspirational messages. Fortunately, the song latches onto its groove with a steady back beat in the second verse.  Likewise, the female backing vocals remind me of Levon Helm’s contribution to Martina McBride’s “Cry On The Shoulder Of The Road”, adding a weathered texture to Allan’s somewhat lifeless delivery.

Grade: B+

Songwriters: Gary Allan, Hillary Lindsey, Matt Warren


3 responses to “Single Review: Gary Allan – ‘Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)’

  1. Mary Katherine Smith October 9, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Your songwriting credit for “Joseph Morgan” is wrong, it should be Matt Warren.
    And I do not hear this “somewhat lifeless” performance you wrote of by any means. I really appreciate this song on so many levels and hope it will be the type of hit he deserves.

  2. Susie-Lee October 9, 2012 at 1:50 am

    If one is writing a credible review, at least they should have their facts straight.. Umm.. the name is Matt Warren, not Joesph Morgan. I certainly disagree with your somewhat lifeless review, of Gary Allan’s ‘Every Storm’. This song is well on the way to being the hit, that it deserves to be.

  3. J.R. Journey October 9, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Thanks for the correction on the songwriters’ names, ladies.

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