MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL-Randy Montana Review
August 2, 2011
Aspiring country artists looking to find the right way to make their mark in the genre would do well to look toward Randy Montana's debut album as a model.
From the outset of the opening "1,000 Faces," the earthy gravity of the singersongwriter's voice is warm and genuine as it blends with what seems like a simple acoustic guitar melody. With creative and heartfelt lyrics of romantic devotion, the song would be successful in just the first verse, but it soon swells into a lush, layered and striking country song - the kind of track artists spend years trying to make.
Elsewhere, Montana has crafted a cohesive country album that feels contemporary at times (the reflection on lost love of "Ain't Much Left of Lovin' You" has a thumping beat over dueling electric and steel guitars) and classic at others (Montana's vocals mix with Emmylou Harris' haunting voice on the stunning "Last Horse").
- Erik Ernst, special to the Journal Sentinel