By Chris Willman
Updated October 20, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

For Montgomery Gentry, sentimentality and belligerence aren’t contradictory qualities. The opening title track of Some People Change tenderly celebrates tolerance, sobriety, and redemption…followed by the beer-swillin’, gun-celebratin’ ”Hey Country,” possibly the 10,000th pandering ”hicks rule” anthem country’s given us this year. There are nobler, less redneck-y moments, but by the time they get to ”What Do Ya Think About That,” a defense of the American right to piss off your neighbors, they’ve plum forgotten that whole ”change” deal.