Tracklist For Gary Allan’s New Album, Get Off On The Pain

Jim Malec | November 12th, 2009

get-off-on-the-painUpdate: This album has been released. Read the review on The 9513 or buy it at Amazon.

We just received an Advance for Gary Allan’s upcoming (eighth) studio album, Get Off On The Pain, which is rumored to have a February March 2010 release. The disc features 10 songs (tentatively, as is always the case with pre-issue tracklists), including Allan’s current single “Today.” CMT is reporting that Allan wrote or co-wrote five of the tracks. The title cut was chosen as the name for Allan’s 2009 tour.

After a handful of initial listens, my early read is that this is a significant return to form for Allan after 2007′s disappointing Living Hard. More details and a review to come as we approach release date.

Gary Allan – Get Off On The Pain Tracklist:

1. “Get Off On The Pain”
2. “I Think I’ve Had Enough”
3. “Today”
4. “That Ain’t Gonna Fly”
5. “Kiss Me When I’m Down”
6. “We Fly By Night”
7. “When You Give Yourself Away”
8. “Along The Way”
9. “She Gets Me”
10. “No Regrets”

  1. Andrew
    November 12, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    He’s been opening his shows lately with “Get Off On the Pain.” If that song is any indication, I expect it to be a pretty good album.

  2. Dan Milliken
    November 12, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    It’s kind of a cringe-inducing title, so I’m glad to hear the album itself isn’t.

  3. Leeann Ward
    November 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    And “Today” is pretty cringe inducing too.

  4. Jim Malec
    November 12, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I don’t hate “Today,” but it’s among the weakest (if not THE weakest) of the tracks.

  5. Leeann Ward
    November 12, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Well, I technically don’t hate “Today” either, I guess. I just think the only thing that helps it is Allan’s voice, but I could imagine it fitting quite neatly on a Rascal Flatts album. I’m glad to learn that it’s one of the weakest songs on the album though.

  6. God
    November 12, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Gary Allan pleases me.

  7. nm
    November 12, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    But is it country?

  8. Jimmy James
    November 12, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Living Hard was a disappointment? According to you, maybe. I have a copy of Get Off On The Pain, and it sounds similar to LH, which was a solid album.

  9. Mayor JoBob
    November 13, 2009 at 2:16 am

    Living hard was unsuccessful commercially. Is this along the lines of Smoke Rings in the Dark or is that too much to wish for?

  10. Jim Malec
    November 13, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Smoke Rings is hard to top.

  11. Drew
    November 13, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Can’t wait

  12. Emily
    November 13, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Living Hard is an amazing album….disappointing??? Seriously? No. His new album has some tracks on it that are spectacular and “that ain’t gonna fly” or “get off on the pain” will be a hit! Country? you bet your butt its country!!! :)

  13. Jim Malec
    November 13, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Not everyone will agree or disagree about whether an album is “disappointing” but there is general consensus that Living Hard falls short of the mark set by a number of Allan’s releases. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad album.

    I’d also mind you that my name is on the byline of this post, which means the contents of this post should be treated as my opinion.

  14. jo
    November 14, 2009 at 12:56 am

    the title track “get off on the pain” is fabulous in his live shows.

  15. plain_jo
    November 14, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I’m glad Gary Allan has God’s approval. LOL

    I also really like the “Living Hard” album. it was what really hooked me as a fan of his.

  16. Glenn_W
    November 14, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    What are the chances of me getting a copy of the new album? Or any ideas of how to find it?

  17. Steve Harvey
    November 15, 2009 at 3:25 am

    Living Hard was a good album. Smoke Rings in the Dark and Tough All Over are brilliant albums.

  18. Shep
    November 15, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Living Hard, disappointing? Matter of opinion.. LH is my fav Gary CD.. As for his new release “Today”, I love it!! But then I’m a true junkie so I could listen to him sing the phonebook…

  19. Vicki B.
    November 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Living Hard was disappointing? Hmmm…I missed something somewhere! Those of us who are true Gary fans appreciate ALL of his work! Seems funny to me the songs off that album are all hits at his concerts and everyone knows the words to the songs…so no, I would not say it was disapointing!

  20. Steve Harvey
    November 15, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Those of us who are true Gary fans appreciate ALL of his work!
    I’m calling BS on this. No, true Gary Allan fans are free to dislike parts of his repertoire. I’m no less a Gary Allan fan than you because I don’t care for Living Hard. I wouldn’t say someone’s less of a fan than me for disliking, say, Used Heart For Sale.
    Being a true fan doesn’t mean thinking they can do no wrong.

  21. Steve Harvey
    November 15, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    But then I’m a true junkie so I could listen to him sing the phonebook…
    As I could I. But I’d rather listen to him sing He Can’t Quit Her.

  22. Susan
    November 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I have a real appreciation for Allan’s vocal ability and considered myself a true fan but have to agree with the author not so much for the songs of late that Allan has been releasing. While most fans might blame Allan…. I’m going to lay the blame at the feet of his label. The biggest disappointment has also been with the editing. Somehow we are losing the ability to really discern Allan’s unique vocals from the overdone instrumentals. My plans are to purchase his new cd as always, but gotta say that Livin Hard has not had much play time. Not looking forward to a repeat but will try and keep an open mind.

  23. Brigette
    November 15, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Ditto with Vicki. General consensus of who? The industry that rarely promotes or gives him any credit? Money oriented bean counters? His fans at his concerts think otherwise and first time attenders are blown away. He co-wrote 6 of the 11 tracks on L.H. plus is a talented musician and not just a singer. I share triple the number of GA songs in my character education groups with clients (including two from LH) than any other CMA nominee or “country” artist. Gary stayed country when most others went pop (note the steel guitar and fiddler at his concerts) and sings about what matters most to him and us. Nashville needs to wake up and take notice of him. I know of no other artist that bares his soul to his fans like Gary. Looking around at his concerts (I’ve been to 17, 4 this year), he’s brought a younger crowd to the industry because of LH that otherwise would not be listening and saved lives in the process. Rascal Flatts singing “Today”. Ewww.

  24. Jamie
    November 18, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Gary allan has always penned or chosen the songs that have really let fans into his feelings and soul and you can’t beat any of Gary allans music and I think today fits magically within the true country range that Gary has always deliverd can’t wait for the CD release. And rascal flats. Bad idea

  25. Cynthia Allgood
    November 18, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    I saw Gary Allan Nov. 13 in Atlanta, GA, at The Tabernacle. I too, am a highway junkie, and see Gary perform every chance I get. Gary opened with “Get Off On The Pain”, and alson played “Today”. The rest of his set was older stuff that I appreciated hearing. I’ve heard him sing “She Gets Me”, and following in true Gary Allan form, it’s a soul-searcher. Gary has the ability to bare his soul to his listeners, giving them the opportunity to see his vulnerable side. He also has the ability to let you know he does give a $h!P. The man is a creative genius, who refuses to let industry standards dictate his style. For that, I respect him more than any other artist in any genre of music.

  26. Sue
    November 19, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    I truly believe Gary Allan is so underrated! I’ve always enjoyed his music(what little country radio plays)Then I saw him in concert and OMG! Its a wonderful thing when they can actually sound better in person than the cd! The songs that have never been released or recorded that he sings in concert are priceless! I’m a true Junkie and will be seeing him for many years to come. If you’ve never seen him in concert, do it!!!!!

  27. Ally
    November 22, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Is my mind playing tricks on me? For some reason I thought this article was longer when I first read it.

  28. Angi
    November 28, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I don’t know what you were listening to, but Living Hard was a rockin CD. My fave GA to date. Get Off On The Pain is gonna be another great one, if the 2 songs I’ve heard are any indication!

  29. In the Know
    December 2, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Gary is a man whore. He goes from city to city picking up on various woman and hooking up with them like some 80′s rock star. Hardly the role model I want to aspire to be. I have witnessed this in person.

  30. Lena
    December 3, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Well, I certainly don’t want to believe THAT post. I’ve never heard that before so his role model – ability is not at stake. I’ve been a Junkie for many years. So, why don’t you keep this to yourself if you are concerned about what kind of role model he is. You are the only one sayong this shit. It’s about the music anyway. He’s about the music – not trying to be some role model. He’s not some “pop sensation.” He’s a hard-rocking county music man with mega talent.

  31. Kat
    December 3, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I agree with LENA! I’ve never heard those things before and I’m a huge Gary fan. If something like that really happened I’m sure we’d all know about it. I’m not going to take the word of some creep that claims they’ve seen it in person. It’s a bit sketchy and annoying. I still love Gary and can’t wait to see him in concert!

  32. Stormy
    December 3, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Gary’s single (kinda) and well over the age of consent.

  33. Steve M.
    December 3, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Who give a damn with who or how many he sleeps with? It sure never hurt Wilt Chamberlain’s career.

  34. Stormy
    December 3, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    A large part of the problem with that whole post is that most of Gary’s fans are grown ups. We aren’t really looking for role models, especially not in our music.

  35. Steve Harvey
    December 4, 2009 at 3:16 am

    I couldn’t possibly give less of a crap who any musician I don’t know personally sleeps with. It has literally no bearing on my relationship with his music.

  36. sam (sam)
    December 4, 2009 at 3:36 am

    I don’t know if Gary Allan is a man-whore or if someone is just spreading lies. It doesn’t matter too much to me, though, because right now I am too preoccupied with worrying about how many affairs Tiger Woods may or may not have had. So Gary is off the hook, at least for now.

  37. Leeann Ward
    December 4, 2009 at 8:34 am

    My role models are only people I know, not musicians/artists or any sort of celebrity.

  38. Steve M.
    December 4, 2009 at 8:36 am

    I always thought of people who looked to celebrities as role models as kind of pathetic actually. Instead of choosing someone like Lincoln, Washington or Grant, they pick someone who shakes their ass for a living.

  39. Dan Milliken
    December 4, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I’m just joining the choir here, but as long as Gary doesn’t pull a Chesney and use the “figures” to prove his manhood, I don’t care how he does or doesn’t conduct himself. Celebrities are people, and people have their reasons for everything. It’s not for me to judge.

  40. Dawn A
    December 11, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Seems like we have gotten off on the pain topic ;) I was fortunate enough to get to his last show of his tour in Boise and WOW! He rocked the house and actually sang 4 songs from his new CD.. said he was “Tryin’ em out on us” I loved them all and if the rest of the CD sounds like the ones he’s going to be awesome! AND like many who have posted before this, I loved Living Hard too, it’s my favorite so far. I wish Gary would get the recognition he deserves from Nashville..since he is better than the ones who received CMAs this year!

  41. Doris Collins
    December 15, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Who was disappointed in Living Hard? I loved it, and didn’t take it out for 6 months, it was awesome
    as always!!! You people are crazy!

  42. Lena
    December 25, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Yeah – thanks 4 getting back on topic. I think I just had a knee-jerk reaction earlier. I’m just waiting for February and the CD release – the only thing I really wanted for Christmas! BTW, there’s an interview with Gary on youtube and Gary says he thinks he should put out a (I’m pretty sure he said live) DVD. That would be awesome! Shep – nice to see you. Used to chat with you somewhere else but I don’t remember what my sn was. Merry Christmas to all Hwy Junkies! Is anyone going to Gary’s new year’s eve bash on Vegas?

  43. Dawn A
    January 2, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Dang it! I just found out Gary’s newest album isn’t going to be released until March 9 now…What the heck causes these delays? Grrr I was so looking forward to February 4th and his new music! Come on Gary..give it to us. It’s awesome, I heard 4 of the songs at the Boise concert and can’t wait to have them on a loop.. :) Please???

  44. Susan
    January 5, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    What happened to the original review about the new cd coming out? What’s written above seems to be a redacted version. Why?

  45. Jim Malec
    January 5, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Nothing has changed with this post.

  46. susie
    January 13, 2010 at 10:48 am

    TODAY FROM GET OFF The Pain I’ve seen on CMT several times one of Gary’s best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. susie
    January 13, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I’ve seen the Video Today on CMT several times Gary’s BEST EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. rebecca
    January 20, 2010 at 10:58 am

    This man is truly amazing and makes my heart sing…has everyone forgotten the tough things he has had to survive, how he’s raising his kids alone,god bless him for not running….I am looking forward to his new cd as much as I looked forward to the others…..

  49. garyfan
    February 26, 2010 at 6:03 am

    so aggravating to wait 5 extra months for a new cd… march 9th is almost here!!! listening to sounds clips on Gary’s new site… THAT AIN’T GONNA FLY will be a fav of mine i can tell

  50. Mh
    September 5, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Gary Allan is big. Gary Allan will be huge. Whether you think he gets the recognition he deserves right now or not, he will get it somehow someday. Believe me or not, I’ll be saying I told you so.

  51. Used woman
    December 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    He is a freaking whore. He slept with me and never talked to me since even though he took my number. It’s my own fault, but he has a guy HIRED to walk around and find women!!

  52. anonymous..
    December 18, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    OMG… what a loser he must be! He sounds like the typical powerman tho…

    That wasn’t very smart of you to hook up with someone famous… you’ll of course be used what do u expect? Those kind of people have no respect for ordinary people, we’re just numbers to them making them money or in some cases giving them pleasure…

    live and learn I guess

  53. Kyle
    December 19, 2010 at 12:20 am

    The awkward meter on this thread just got turned up a little bit.

  54. Stormy
    December 19, 2010 at 12:30 am

    The only thing worse than being a groupie is being a bitter groupie.

  55. Thomas
    December 19, 2010 at 4:40 am

    …so much for memorable numbers.

  56. The Confessor
    December 19, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Didn’t she get the memo? The first rule of being a groupie is that you don’t *talk* about being a groupie!

  57. Jon
    December 19, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I’ll bet Stormy, The Confessor would be singing a different story if the allegation were about, say, John Rich.

  58. Thomas
    December 19, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    …there’s nothing wrong with sleeping with a star, but it helps not to have any misconceptions about when such a “relationship” usually sees its climax. apart from, perhaps, a few minutes time difference, i can’t see how things would be differently by, say, involving john rich.

  59. Jon
    December 19, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I can’t either, but an informed guess says that if it were an artist who doesn’t meet with Stormy’s approval, she’d be less dismissive and more pro-female. C

  60. The Confessor
    December 19, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    For my part, I believe I would still be inspired to make the same Fight Club reference.

  61. Stormy
    December 19, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Jon: Believe it or not, encouraging women to take accountability for their actions and not to view every act of consentual sex as a victimzation IS pro-woman. We have long gotten past that really ugly stage of second-wave feminism where we had to mark every woman with a scarlet V for Victim.

  62. The Confessor
    December 19, 2010 at 8:40 pm
  63. Karen
    December 19, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    The truth is no bitter pill, it’s just simple. Don’t sleep with a rock star or in his case maybe a country/rock star and expect anything past the fun.. If that’s what u want, than go for it I guess.. But what girl is really out for a one nighter, that’s the real question here? I think most groupiest think somehow, someday, something magical will happen and they’ll snag him.. Then the they figure out it’s not happening and they’re upset..

  64. Stormy
    December 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    But what girl is really out for a one nighter, that’s the real question here?

    Quiet a few actually.

  65. Karen
    December 19, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    If u say so, lol….!

  66. Stormy
    December 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    People of both genders want different things at different times. Generally speaking, when a woman (or a guy) hooks up with an entertainer, they aren’t looking for a long term relationship.

  67. Karen
    December 19, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I don’t know about that my dear, I think u are kidding yourself.. They are. Why would they hook up with them then? They can have fun with anyone.. They have an agenda of some kind, maybe love, lust for a star, a connection.. It’s not random.

  68. Stormy
    December 20, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Why would they hook up with them then?

    Opportunity and starlust.

  69. Jon
    December 20, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    @Stormy Believe it or not, encouraging women to take accountability for their actions and not to view every act of consentual sex as a victimzation IS pro-woman.

    “The only thing worse than being a groupie is being a bitter groupie.”

    Yes, that statement just oozes with sisterly solidarity and encouragement.

    I see that knowing nothing at all about the woman making the allegation doesn’t stop you from either dishing up judgmental characterizations of her in particular or dishing up dubious generalizations about subjects of which I’ll bet you know nothing beyond what you’ve seen on TV. Like I said, I’m going to guess that if the allegation had been about someone whose music you dislike, the uninformed judgements and dubious generalizations would have gone in a different direction.

  70. stormy
    December 20, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Actually, I know everything I need to know about the woman when she refers to someone who engaged in the same sex act as her as a “freakin whore.” Then conditionalized her own accountability with that “but he….”

  71. Jon
    December 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Actually, I know everything I need to know…

    Well, no, you don’t; actually, you know next to nothing, but you think you know enough to “encourage” the poster offering the story by calling her names and passing judgment on her character. Which was kind of my point.

  72. Ben Foster
    December 20, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I’m going out on a limb here, but I suspect that “Used Woman” posted that comment just for the reaction it would get, which it does indeed seem to be getting.

  73. Stormy
    December 20, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Jon: Women tend to veer more towards Katie than Ann these days.

  74. used woman
    December 30, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    No…I know my mistake. I’m not a person who just hooks up with people. The guy even has a girlfriend, a nurse from WI or IL or something I later learned (poor girl). It did hurt because i have never been a one night stand. Lesson learned. I still like his music. Just not proud of my actions or being stupid.

  75. used woman
    December 30, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Also as for being a groupie or whore, I was asked to go backstage. I did not try. I was approached. If he had not asked for my number I wouldn’t of thought more of it. You don’t know me or anything about me. Google him banging chicks on his bus, I’m not the only one. His hired guy asked me to come back, probably because I wasn’t a typical loser wearing his tshirt having no life except following him around city to city. Girls like me don’t typically get used. Like I said lesson learned.

  76. Aimee Renee
    December 10, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Gary, you are so so gorgeous!!!!! I hope and pray
    you found something Higher than yourself after all
    the pain you’ve been through. You know it all in someone elses hands, you dont need to understand, and there is a bigger plan. Keep on writing, I can relate.

  77. Aimee Renee
    December 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm



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