10 Best Songs in 'Rock Band: Country Track Pack'
Gus Mastrapa, Crispy Gamer Videogame Reviews
Music games have the power to turn people on to new music.
And what genre needs more rehabilitation than country music? More people hate on
Any student of American music knows that accusation is dead wrong, but why not let our friends at Harmonix prove it?
After playing the 21 songs and chasing the handful of song-centric Achievements on this standalone disc for the Xbox 360, I've learned to love 10 twanging tunes.
Are you open-minded enough to hang with these country greats?
10. Brooks & Dunn "Hillbilly Deluxe"
It seems like half the songs on the "Country Track Pack" are about how country folk like to party. "Hillbilly Deluxe" -- an ode to cruising -- is the least offensive because it rocks assuredly and astutely, and doesn't linger long. Besides, Kix and Ronnie sound a bit like
Best lyric: "Put on the smell good, put on Skynyrd / Head into town like a
9. Cross Canadian Ragweed "Cry Lonely"
Even in country music, the term "alt" means "15-percent more likely not to suck than the crap you usually hear on the radio." This cover of a
Best lyric: "I won't be there / When you call my name." Harsh.
8. Drive-By Truckers: "Three Dimes Down"
These guys sound like the Rolling Stones -- a band that surprisingly few acts ape. "Three Dimes Down" is a bluesy stomp punctuated by twangy guitar licks. And unlike "Gimme Shelter," "Rock Band" singers aren't forced to croon both lead and insanely hard back-up vocals.
Best lyric: "Rock and roll never forgets." Apologies to
I get the feeling that contemporary country singers are rarely rewarded for being quirky. That makes this downright offbeat novelty all the more surprising. Come for
Best lyric: "At the galaxy's end where the stars turn bright / Are you tunin' in and turnin' on?"
6. Dixie Chicks "Sin Wagon"
If these ladies were controversial before they badmouthed
Best lyric: "Praise the lord and pass the ammunition."
Best lyric: "He ain't seen me crazy yet."
I'm a liberal city boy, so the first thing I thought when I head this song was, "These people need to work on their communication skills." Over a peppy roadhouse rhythm and laconic lap steel, Evans sings about an 18-year-old daughter who runs off with a lover -- embedding her song with sly cultural critique and subtle suggestion in the final verse. Serious music-game fans have probably already enjoyed belting this one out in Karaoke Revolution Country.
Best lyric: "You can't fence time."
Best lyric: "I've got a big chain around my neck / I'm broken down like a train wreck."
Expert guitar players will find their fingers tangled when they try to pick their way through the first minutes of Rogers' 1978 hit. Everybody remembers this song for its melancholy story and kick-ass chorus, but for gamers this song could be the next "Green Grass and High Tides."
Best lyric: "Said, if you're going to learn to play the game, boy, you gotta play it right."
Nelson's ode to touring is the reason to buy "
Best lyric: "The life I love is makin' music with my friends."
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