Sounds Like Life

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Sounds Like Life
Studio album by Darryl Worley
Released June 9, 2009
Recorded Big Studio, Nashville, TN; The Mooselodge, Goodlettsville, TN.
Genre Country
Label Stroudavarious
Producer James Stroud
Darryl Worley chronology
Here and Now
(2006)
Sounds Like Life
(2009)

Sounds Like Life is American country music singer Darryl Worley's fifth studio album. It was released on June 9, 2009 by the Stroudavarious label.[1] The first single "Tequila on Ice" peaked at #44 in 2008, and the second single "Sounds Like Life to Me" became his first Top 40 country hit since "I Just Came Back from a War" in 2007. Worley co-wrote eight of the songs on this album.[2] Sounds Like Life is produced by Stroudavarious Records founder James Stroud, who also produced Worley's first two albums.

Content[edit]

"Tequila on Ice"[edit]

"Tequila on Ice" was released as the first single from the album. It peaked at #44 on the country charts in mid-2008.

"Sounds Like Life to Me"[edit]

Co-written by Worley with Wynn Varble (who has also written several of Worley's other singles) and Phil O'Donnell, "Sounds Like Life to Me" is the album's second single release. It has become Worley's first Top 20 country hit since "I Just Came Back from a War" in late 2006-early 2007.

"Best of Both Worlds"[edit]

"Best of Both Worlds" was released as the album's third single in early 2010, and reached a peak of #43 on the country charts in March 2010.

Other songs[edit]

Worley wrote the majority of the tracks with his regular co-writers, including Wynn Varble and Don Poythress. The final track, "You Never Know", was written by Jimmy Yeary and Mike McGuire (respectively the lead singer and drummer of country band Shenandoah) about the death of former Shenandoah bass guitarist Ralph Ezell, who died in 2007. Worley said that the song was "dead-on" for him, and thought that its second very closely paralleled the relationship between him and his brother.[3] Track 3, "Slow Dancing with a Memory", was carried over from Worley's last album, 2006's Here and Now.

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic rated the album three-and-a-half stars out of five. He considered it an improvement in quality over Worley's albums for DreamWorks Records and thought that the slower-tempo songs such as "Tequila on Ice" worked best. Of those songs, he said, "even if they're cluttered with clichés, they're executed well, emphasizing Worley's low-key charms[.]"[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Honkytonk Life" (Marty Dodson, Sean Patrick McGraw) – 3:35
  2. "Best of Both Worlds" (Jim Brown, Darryl Worley) – 3:53
  3. "Slow Dancin' with a Memory" (Don Poythress, Wynn Varble, Worley) – 3:43
  4. "Sounds Like Life to Me" (Phil O'Donnell, Varble, Worley) - 3:44
  5. "Doin' What's Right" (Dan Demay, Worley) – 3:26
  6. "Tequila on Ice" (Dodson, Rivers Rutherford) – 3:00
  7. "Everyday Love" (Poythress, Varble, Worley) – 3:11
  8. "Nothing but Money" (Brown, Steve Leslie, Worley) – 3:53
  9. "Don't Show Up (If You Can't Get Down)" (Brown, Kevin Grantt, Worley) – 6:09
  10. "Messed Up in Memphis" (Demay, Leslie, Worley) – 3:51
  11. "You Never Know" (Mike McGuire, Billy Ryan, Jimmy Yeary) – 3:20

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 172
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 26
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums 35

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US
2008 "Tequila on Ice" 44
2009 "Sounds Like Life to Me" 11 84
2010 "Best of Both Worlds" 43
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stroudavarious Records names president". Country Standard Time. May 5, 2009. Retrieved May 10, 2009. 
  2. ^ Site by Creative State (2012-03-02). "Official Site". Darryl Worley. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  3. ^ Scarlett, David (2009-06-22). "Maybe the Hard Times Are Over". Country Weekly 16 (19): 38–41. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Sounds Like Life review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-10-12.