Gettin Pretty Good At Barely Gettin By

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Review Text The Four Horsemen were quite literally a shattered band come 1996. Five years on from their simplistic but infectious retro-rock debut, they'd been dropped by Def American, been abandoned by their main songwriter guiding force in founding guitarist Haggis, and, most heartbreaking of all, lost drummer Ken "Dimwit" Montgomery to a drug overdose. As the band's last remaining original members, it came down to guitarist Dave Lizmi and troubled singer Frank C. Starr (more on him later) to assemble a new lineup and attempt to shoulder the load themselves on the snidely named Gettin' Pretty Good at Barely Gettin' By. And they did an OK job. The album still featured much of the Four Horsemen's stripped-down, hard-rocking style, but standout cuts such as "Hot Rod" and the poignant "Song for Absent Friends" generally lacked the Southern Skynyrd flavor, and especially the power boogie AC/DC crunch of old. Instead, the album mostly resorted to a mellower, more soulful, decidedly sleeker Black Crowes-type groove for tracks like the title song and "Drunk Again" (note background lady singers). A few songs also forced the "we're still rockin''' storyline ad nauseam (see cheesy opener "Still Alive and Well" and the edgier, frankly biographical "Back in Business Again"), while others simply lacked originality (for example, "Livin' These Blues," which apes the debut's hit, "Tired Wings," a tad too closely). Still, the fact that's it's clearly inferior compared to its predecessor shouldn't entirely detract from this album's good-time blue-collar rock & roll, and fans of the Horsemen will likely want to give it a chance anyway. Sadly, Gettin' Pretty Good at Barely Gettin' By proved to be the final musical testament for singer Starr, who passed away under tragic circumstances a few years later. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

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  1. 1. Still Alive and Well - 4:10
  2. 2. Gettin' Pretty Good at Barely Gettin' By - 4:04
  3. 3. Drunk Again - 5:36
  4. 4. Livin' These Blues - 4:15
  5. 5. Song for Absent Friends - 6:20
  6. 6. Keep Your Life - 4:53
  7. 7. Hot Rod - 5:47
  8. 8. Rock My Universe - 4:45
  9. 9. Back in Business Again - 6:42
  10. 10. Hit the Road - 5:03
  11. 11. Keep on Keepin' On - 5:27
  12. 12. My Song - 3:33
  13. 13. What the Hell Went Wrong - 7:58

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