Live Like You Were Dying

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September 03, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

With Garth in suspicious retirement, Tim McGraw has assumed the mantle of superstar perpetually torn between bombastic hokum and genuinely affecting songcraft. The conflict?s particularly apparent in Live Like You Were Dying?s massive title ballad, which takes a reasonable enough carpe diem sentiment and nearly browbeats you to death with it. But more of the album comes down on the right side of chest-thumping versus heart-baring, notably the small-town frustration of ”Old Town New” and quasi-biblical symbolism of ”Kill Myself.”

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