It Ain't Hit Me Yet
Label: Mercury Nashville
"1,000 Faces" is a hell of a way to kick off a debut album -- a deftly mushy, resoundingly dramatic country-rock jam with a breathless climax and an implicit promise that Randy Montana is a name worth committing to memory. The 10 songs that follow run down heartland-tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold dreams from Tom Petty's to Bon Jovi's, the elegant, Emmylou Harris-assisted ballad "Last Horse" sharing space with the raucous, amp-roasting garage-y jam "It Ain't Hit Me Yet." Oh, and for a convincing argument against picking up random chicks in bars, see "Burn These Matches."