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May 24, 1999 | RANDY LEWIS
The "I Swear" Kentucky heartthrob is back with yet another album full of songs expressing utter devotion and rapt attention to his sweetheart. "Love Is Our Business" adheres to the romance-novel fantasy formula that's helped him sell some 15 million albums in recent years, but it has enough lyrical spunk and musical kick to make it stand out. The only place anything remotely resembling pain or regret sneaks in is in the post-breakup ballad "When Your Arms Were Around."
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February 17, 2006 | From Associated Press
Country music singer John Michael Montgomery was arrested Thursday in Lexington, Ky., and charged with driving under the influence and possession of a controlled drug, police said. The 41-year-old entertainer also was charged with having a prescription drug not in its proper container, two counts of carrying a concealed deadly weapon, disregarding a traffic control device and improper turning, said Lexington Police spokesman Maj. Barry Cecil.
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April 2, 1995 | Robert Hilburn
Montgomery has probably sold more albums the last two years (5 million) than any country artist outside of Garth Brooks, and his new single, "I Can Love You Like That," is off to a lightning start on the charts. So you would expect some of the striking vocal character and independent spirit associated with country's greatest talents. But Montgomery is an ordinary singer with relatively timid instincts. Why the appeal?
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February 7, 2002
* Lee "Scratch" Perry, "Jamaican E.T.," Sanctuary/Trojan. The "dub" producing legend sings and rants to the point of total obfuscation on this mad babel of sound. Also: Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise, "New Ground," Vanguard Dennis Brown, "In Dub," Heartbeat The Church, "After Everything ...
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January 10, 1997 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With his rugged good looks and sturdy 6-foot-1 frame, John Michael Montgomery is to country music what Michael Bolton is to mainstream pop. He's a heartthrob who has a way of making women swoon with his poignant, romantic ballads. And like Bolton, Montgomery--who performs at the Pond of Anaheim on Sunday night--has had to deal with detractors who have suggested that's he's more "himbo" than a singer worthy of serious artistic consideration.
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October 20, 1993 | RICHARD CROMELIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There he was at the Crazy Horse on Monday, a good-lookin' young dude from Kentucky, giving his country music a rock 'n' roll jolt and drawing screams from the ladies in the audience. Put down your weapons--it wasn't Billy Ray Cyrus. Actually, when all the dust finally clears, John Michael Montgomery should easily eclipse Achy Breaky Billy as their native state's true contribution to '90s country music.
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June 26, 1994 | RICHARD CROMELIN, Richard Cromelin writes about pop music for Calendar
John Michael Montgomery was in the center of country's spotlight just 24 hours ago, a swaggering Kentuckian in a black-and-red leather jacket on national television from the Universal Amphitheatre. He was named the Academy of Country Music's best new male artist and singer of the song of the year.
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May 2, 1998 | RANDY LEWIS
** John Michael Montgomery, "Leave a Mark." Atlantic. The only mark JMM leaves is a sticky smudge from his syrupy sentimentality. The Kentucky country hunk croons, "You can scare me with your darkness," in one tune, but he doesn't mean it--there's no desperation, no paralyzing fears, no exultation from hard-won victories. Just easy promises of eternal sweetness and devotion. * Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).
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November 3, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS
* 1/2 John Michael Montgomery, "Brand New Me," Atlantic. The chunky heartthrob has hit the top of the country singles chart again with a tear-jerker single, "The Little Girl," a melodramatic Internet-urban-myth-turned-song. The rest of the material here has an equally calculated ring, which even Montgomery's conventionally sincere delivery and big-budget production sheen can't disguise.
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November 3, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS
* 1/2 John Michael Montgomery, "Brand New Me," Atlantic. The chunky heartthrob has hit the top of the country singles chart again with a tear-jerker single, "The Little Girl," a melodramatic Internet-urban-myth-turned-song. The rest of the material here has an equally calculated ring, which even Montgomery's conventionally sincere delivery and big-budget production sheen can't disguise.
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May 24, 1999 | RANDY LEWIS
The "I Swear" Kentucky heartthrob is back with yet another album full of songs expressing utter devotion and rapt attention to his sweetheart. "Love Is Our Business" adheres to the romance-novel fantasy formula that's helped him sell some 15 million albums in recent years, but it has enough lyrical spunk and musical kick to make it stand out. The only place anything remotely resembling pain or regret sneaks in is in the post-breakup ballad "When Your Arms Were Around."
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October 4, 1998
MOVIES "Holy Man" stars Eddie Murphy as a televangelist who proves that shopping by TV can be a religious experience. The comedy--co-starring Jeff Goldblum (center, with Kelly Preston and Murphy), Robert Loggia and Jon Cryer, and directed by Stephen Herek--opens on Friday in general release. THEATER "Bad Sex With Bud Kemp," Sandra Tsing Loh's hit comic chronicle of a woman's search for love, opens Monday at the Tiffany Theatre.
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May 2, 1998 | RANDY LEWIS
** John Michael Montgomery, "Leave a Mark." Atlantic. The only mark JMM leaves is a sticky smudge from his syrupy sentimentality. The Kentucky country hunk croons, "You can scare me with your darkness," in one tune, but he doesn't mean it--there's no desperation, no paralyzing fears, no exultation from hard-won victories. Just easy promises of eternal sweetness and devotion. * Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).
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January 10, 1997 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With his rugged good looks and sturdy 6-foot-1 frame, John Michael Montgomery is to country music what Michael Bolton is to mainstream pop. He's a heartthrob who has a way of making women swoon with his poignant, romantic ballads. And like Bolton, Montgomery--who performs at the Pond of Anaheim on Sunday night--has had to deal with detractors who have suggested that's he's more "himbo" than a singer worthy of serious artistic consideration.
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October 8, 1995
Alanis Morissette may still sit atop the local and national charts this week, but Prince is definitely gunning for his old throne. "The Gold Experience" debuted at No. 2 on The Times' Southern California album chart, knocking Hootie & the Blowfish down to No. 3. Fellow rock veterans David Bowie and AC/DC made their way to the Southland charts with their new albums, checking in No. 6 and No. 8, respectively.
NEWS
May 18, 1995
The following are the top music sales in Orange County for the week of May 14 as compiled by SoundScan Inc. Data is from retailers' sales. The bottom chart rotates weekly. Albums Last week Nation 1. "Cracked Rear View," Hootie & the Blowfish 1 1 2. "Forrest Gump," soundtrack 3 4 3. "Hell Freezes Over," Eagles 5 5 4. "Throwing Copper," Live 4 2 5. "Friday," soundtrack 2 3 6. "Tuesday Night Music Club," Sheryl Crow 8 11 7. "Medusa," Annie Lennox 9 19 8. "Yes I Am," Melissa Etheridge -- 29 9.
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