Live Like You Were Dying

  • Record Label: Curb
  • Release Date: Aug 24, 2004
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. The young hell-raiser has grown to be one of modern country's most compelling and multidimensional artists.
  2. Mojo
    20
    Material which says something, but feels nothing real. [Nov 2004, p.95]
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    More of the album comes down on the right side of chest-thumping versus heart-bearing. [3 Sep 2004, p.77]
  4. McGraw uses references to death and suffering to camouflage rather ordinary songs, and rather ordinary singing.
  5. Always a risk-taker, he remains fearless in his choice of material, evident here on sweeping, observant fare like "Drugs or Jesus" and the ultimately redemptive "Kill Myself."
  6. Los Angeles Times
    50
    McGraw's album leans heavily on the soap opera-ish tales that have brought him his biggest successes. [5 Sep 2004]
  7. It's all very commendable, but one wishes McGraw had taken a few more chances with the material, most of which is as lightweight and ultimately disposable as much of modern country.
  8. While McGraw may not be the greatest of warblers, nobody in country can touch him at conveying emotions too deep to express in words.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. SusanC
    Apr 20, 2007
    10
    It would be worth getting hold of this CD just for the title track alone - it's that good. However, there are other gems here as well as It would be worth getting hold of this CD just for the title track alone - it's that good. However, there are other gems here as well as 'Live Like You Were Dying' - most notably 'Drugs or Jesus', which is a great, not just a good, song. If the New York Times thinks the material on this album and Tim' McGraw's singing is 'ordinary' I can only conclude that the author is / was absolutely tone deaf. Ignore critics like this and just get hold of this CD! Full Review »
  2. [Anonymous]
    Apr 1, 2006
    10
    This album is amazing. Extremely powerful, especially "Kill Myself"
  3. BenS
    Sep 30, 2005
    10
    I love his newest CD. He seems to be expressing his emotions very well, almost too well for some likeing, but I enjoy it. This CD is not one I love his newest CD. He seems to be expressing his emotions very well, almost too well for some likeing, but I enjoy it. This CD is not one that will be "overly played" like some CDs can do. I believe the honest point throughout his songs give it a little originality. Full Review »