Get Off on the Pain

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Get Off on the Pain
Gary Allan - Get Off on the Pain.jpg
Studio album by Gary Allan
Released March 9, 2010 (2010-03-09)
Recorded 2009
Genre Country
Length 39:01
Label MCA Nashville
Producer Gary Allan
Greg Droman
Mark Wright
Gary Allan chronology
Living Hard
Get Off on the Pain
Singles from Get Off on the Pain
  1. "Today"
    Released: June 12, 2009
  2. "Get Off on the Pain"
    Released: March 15, 2010
  3. "Kiss Me When I'm Down"
    Released: September 27, 2010

Get Off on the Pain is the eighth studio album by American country music artist Gary Allan. It was released on March 9, 2010.[1] The album's first single, "Today", was released in June 2009 and was a Top 20 hit. The album's second single, the title track, was released on March 15, 2010 and debuted at number 42 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The album's third single "Kiss Me When I'm Down" released to radio in 2010.


On August 24, 2009, Allan announced his "Get Off on the Pain tour," in promotion of the album. The 25 city tour started on October 14 in Chicago, Illinois and concluded on December 31 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Special guests on the tour included Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Jack Ingram, and Stoney LaRue.[2]


The first single from the album, "Today," was released on June 12, 2009.[3] The music video for the single was filmed live during a performance from his Get Off on the Pain Tour.[4]

The title track was released as the album's second single in March 2010. It debuted at number 42 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and peaked at number 18.



Get Off on the Pain debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums and number five on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 65,000 copies in its first week of release.[5] In its second week of release, the album dropped to number sixteen on the Billboard 200 selling 24,341 copies.[6] In its third week of release, the album dropped to number twenty-four on the Billboard 200 selling 15,555 copies.[7] As of August 2010, the album sold 200,395 copies in the U.S.[8]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[9]
American Songwriter 4.5/5 stars[10]
Billboard (favorable)[11]
Country Weekly 4/5 stars[12]
The New York Times (favorable)[13]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[14]
Roughstock 4/5 stars[15]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[16]
The Washington Post (favorable)[17]

Upon its release, Get Off on the Pain received generally positive reviews from most music critics.[18] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 84, based on 5 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[18]

Giving it four stars out of five, Country Weekly reviewer Jessica Phillips said that the album "reveal[s] an even more authentic, intense layer" of Allan's personality. She wrote that the title track "sets the stage" for the rest of the album, but thought that "Kiss Me When I'm Down" had weak lyrics.[12] Allmusic critic Todd Sterling also gave a four-star rating, saying that "Get Off on the Pain is a well-crafted, ten-song collection that, to steal a well-worn phrase, is all killer and no filler" and referred to it as his best album, saying it "will likely go down as one of the best albums of his career".[9]

Matt Bjorke with Roughstock praised the production of the album, saying "The production of the record is killer and serves to enhance everything that makes Gary Allan one of country music’s true gems" and called it one of the years best country albums, saying "IF there’s an artist recording mainstream country records who is as real as Gary Allan, I have yet to see them and if you like authentic, yet modern, country music then Get Off On The Pain is just about as good an album as you’re likely to find this year or any year".[15] Jon Caramanica with The New York Times positively compared Allan to Johnny Cash with the release, and called the years best country album, saying "[Get Off on the Pain] is the year’s best country album so far, almost as brilliantly anguished as Mr. Allan’s 2003 masterpiece, See If I Care."[13] Bill Friskics-Warren with The Washington Post called the album "terrific" saying "Allan's by turns gruff and tender vocals nevertheless are undeniably country, as is the stolid resilience with which he confronts heartache".[17]

Jim Malec with American Songwriter gave the album a 4 ½ rating, lauding the songwriting on the release, calling it "eternally substantive" saying "... he breathes a fresh layer of depth and realism into what might otherwise be well-worn stories".[10] He also acclaimed the honesty of the album, saying "Get Off On the Pain may not be the world’s most uplifting listening experience, but what it lacks in cheer it makes up in truth. For fans who appreciate outstanding country music that deals with real issues, that fact may just make the album’s title a perfectly appropriate statement".[10] Slant Magazine critic Jonathan Keefe also praised Allan's vocal performance on the album, calling Allan "a singer of real grit and depth". He also remarked that the album is "the most consistent set of songs Allan has yet recorded", and rated the album with four stars out of five.[16] Cody Miller with PopMatters gave it an eight star rating saying it was "contender for year’s end best of list; insightful and rare look into a singer’s psyche, a collection of top-grade Country music or soulful purging. All of them apply, and then some".[14]

Jon Caramanica with The New York Times placed the album at number six on his "top 10 albums of 2010" saying "Six years after his wife’s death, Mr. Allan has made music to match the hurt. This country singer had a broken voice long before this album, and a sure way with an aching lyric, but here, optimism appears to have been filtered out, leaving only shadows, where Mr. Allan thrives.[19]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Get Off on the Pain" Brett James, Bill Luther, Justin Weaver 3:55
2. "I Think I've Had Enough" Brett Eldredge, Pat McLaughlin 3:43
3. "Today" Brice Long, Tommy Lee James 3:58
4. "That Ain't Gonna Fly" Wes Hightower, Tony Martin 2:57
5. "Kiss Me When I'm Down" Andrew Dorff, Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins 3:53
6. "We Fly by Night" Allan, Odie Blackmon, Jamie O'Hara 4:39
7. "When You Give Yourself Away" Allan, Blackmon, McLaughlin 3:34
8. "Along the Way" Allan, Blackmon, Scooter Carusoe 3:48
9. "She Gets Me" Allan, Kendell Marvel, Matt Warren 4:00
10. "No Regrets" Allan, Jaime Hanna, Jon Randall 3:30
Total length: 39:01




Chart (2010) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[21] 2
U.S. Billboard 200[21] 5

End of year charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Year-end
US Billboard 200 167[22]
US Billboard Top Country Albums 30[23]


Year Single Peak chart
US Country US
2010 "Today"[25] 18 106
"Get Off on the Pain"[26] 18 101
"Kiss Me When I'm Down"[27] 38


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