Billy Ray Cyrus
Some Gave All


1.0
awful

Review

by David James Young USER (181 Reviews)
October 2nd, 2009 | 145 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Guffawing hick drools on a compact disc. Here are the results.

In 2002, Vh1 put together a defining list of one hundred “one hit wonder” songs. The term, for the scattered few of you reigning yourselves into unfamiliar territory, is used to describe bands and artists that are temporary chart-topping musical mainstays, only to be relinquished from collective conscience save for appearances on the daggiest of compilation CDs. All on the basis of a sole hit single. The list was filled with obvious choices – “My Sharona”, “Ice Ice Baby”, “Mickey”, “Baby Got Back” etc. There was one inclusion in the list, however, that is certain to drag several hideous memories of tacky country-pop, even tackier line dancing and the tackiest of all hairstyles – the mullet.

Yes, boys and girls, today’s lesson is on number eighty-nine in said list – Billy Ray Cyrus.

These days, Billy Ray is best known for fathering one of the richest teenagers in the world – pop singer/Disney brand Miley “Hannah Montana” Cyrus. Oh, the sad, sad situation our Billy would be had he worn a condom that night. Before rediscovering fame and fortune with young Miley, Billy Ray was freeze-framed in pop culture as the pseudo-hunky, God-fearing hick who put together ten excruciatingly cheesy songs together for his debut album, Some Gave All.

All the calling cards of naff, antiquated and cringe-inducing “well my woman left me today” pop-mongling country are here, as well as Springsteen-aping heartland rock thrown in for allegedly good measure. Amidst Cyrus’ guttural drawl and elementary geetar playing is purring slide guitar, echoing honky-tonk piano, hollered vocal harmonies and snare drum beats that sound like someone spitting in the middle of an empty arena (the kind Cyrus would be very much used to playing by now). Opener “Could’ve Been Me”, as well as the syrupy (read: truly horrific) ballad “She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore”, both provide more than ample demonstration of both all characteristics listed, in addition to the album’s hideous over-production that screams “state of the art” in 1992 terms.

With all this in consideration, we haven’t even turned a single page on the lyrics booklet – a shocking realisation, given just how immediately one feels the urge to look at anything apart from the album cover. Essentially, Billy Ray is of the opinion some bitch did him wrong. Even though she sounds like a terrible person (“She meant what she said/When she wished I was dead”, he sings in “Where’m I Gonna Live”), he just can’t seem to get over the fact that she’s gone and he’s been left making dinner for one nowadays. Whether he’s lamenting that she’s got a new squeeze (“Could’ve Been Me”, “She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore”, “Ain’t No Good Goodbye”), or complaining about his empty house (“I’m So Miserable”), dude’s got some serious issues. If the music wasn’t enough to drive you over the edge, then certainly these excreted moans layered over the top of proceedings topples Some Gave All over the cliff and down into the valleys of unlistenable.

Of the four songs not written or co-written by Cyrus himself is a cover of “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’”. Made popular as dominant-female anthem by Nancy Sinatra, any hint of passion or empowerment is completely sucked dry by this stock-standard runthrough, practically sounding like a karaoke backing track. Even with such stiff competition, by far the worst non-Cyrus penned number here – and easily the record’s worst song – is that infamous chestnut, “Achy Breaky Heart”. If you’ve never paid much attention beyond the inescapable chorus (and there’s a very good chance you haven’t), the song deals with a man saying that absolutely anyone and anything can be told that he’s just been dumped (again, we assume).

You can tell the world, you never was my girl
You can burn my clothes when I'm gone
Oh you can tell your friends just what a fool I've been
And laugh and joke about me on the phone
You can tell my arms, go back onto the farm
You can tell my feet to hit the floor
Or you can tell my lips to tell my fingertips,
They won't be reaching out for you no more


Anyone. Anything. Except, that is, for his heart. Why? Because Cyrus simply believes that he “just doesn’t think it’d understand”. Throw in some ugly twang and some manufactured “little bit country/little bit rock n roll” grit and you have a strong contender for one of the human race’s most embarrassing creations. When “Weird Al” Yankovic sang that he would rather be tied to a chair and kicked down the stairs than hear this song again in his parody “Achy Breaky Song”, there’s a frighteningly strong possibility the funnyman was more serious than he’s ever been in his entire life.

What more can you say about Billy Ray in all his mulleted schlock-rock glory? In this instance, Cyrus’ notoriety as a “one hit wonder” is hardly justified, given the quality of the music on hand is worth of zero hits all up.

Some Gave All…but then again, some gave a little too much. You can safely include Cyrus amongst said “some”.



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AtavanHalen
October 2nd 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

THANK YOUS: To CK, Betty, Manny, Caleb, Michael, James, Mordecai, The Bear Jew, Zeke Kinski, qwe, Rasputin, Jake “=(“ Taylor and other people I have shared lulz and discussion with over the years.
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To every person ever who has ever read any of my reviews ever.
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To every person who has pos’d a review, especially thanks to everyone who’s negged one – that just kept me going in my quest for putting the you in impryouvment.
To the Cyrus family – I will buttfuck every last one of you.

Finally, to AtavanHalen – the Mr. Hyde to my Dr. Jekyll. Here’s to 100 more, you prick.


Vooligan
October 2nd 2009


3541 Comments


Oh man, did not see this coming at all. Happy Birthday dude, well done on the 100 also.
And, thank you.

Poet
October 2nd 2009


5935 Comments


lol awesome

zuzek
October 2nd 2009


752 Comments


Fucking lol'd at the review, very nice. Also, grats man!

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2009


20858 Comments


Bravo... Bravo.... Poso.

I should have got it with the "heart" clue. If you'd mentioned breaking a heart, I just might have.

Happy birthday DavID. Have a great day bud.



AtavanHalen
October 2nd 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Thanks, guys.

The Sludge
October 2nd 2009


2169 Comments


Ah haha ha hahaha ahahahahahahahaha.

When “Weird Al” Yankovic sang that he would rather be tied to a chair and kicked down the stairs than hear this song again in his parody “Achy Breaky Song”, there’s a frighteningly strong possibility the funnyman was more serious than he’s ever been in his entire life.


Awesome, happy birthday.

shortone323
October 2nd 2009


883 Comments


This review was awesome. You do have "one" instead of "on" in the sentence before the one with all the song titles in the intro. I think that's wrong, idk its early.

Congrats on 100, and what an album to do it with.

AtavanHalen
October 2nd 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Thanks Bender, fixed.

PuddlesPuddles
October 2nd 2009


4787 Comments


I'm....crying...romantically

AtavanHalen
October 2nd 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Thanks Murry.

Greggers
October 2nd 2009


2375 Comments


Congrats on 100 reviews :D

shortone323
October 2nd 2009


883 Comments


No problem. Love how people call me by avatar. Not that it's really that bad. He is a pimp.

Fugue
October 2nd 2009


7354 Comments


Excellent review, happy hundreth man.

mvdu
October 2nd 2009


612 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Review isn't bad, but I really like this CD. "Achy Breaky Heart" is the big song, but it isn't the best one.

PuddlesPuddles
October 2nd 2009


4787 Comments


Don't know, can't get into Billy Ray. If I'm feeling country, I'd go Garth Brooks

mvdu
October 2nd 2009


612 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Garth is better, no doubt. But I always found Billy Ray unfairly bashed.

El_Goodo
October 2nd 2009


1008 Comments


and snare drum beats that sound like someone spitting in the middle of an empty arena (the kind Cyrus would be very much used to playing by now).


Haha I had to read this again for some reason I thought it was a dirty joke aimed at Miley. I guess the words spit and Cyrus in a sentence make me think of Miley.

Waior
October 2nd 2009


11461 Comments


Shoot, you are awesome. Happy birthday/happy 100th - and here's to 100 more, you prick.

Damn it, Billy Ray Cyrus.

robin
Emeritus
October 2nd 2009


4261 Comments


this is emotional
CONGRATS



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