Have You Forgotten? by Darryl Worley
It's hard to miss what Darryl Worley is trying to tell you, even before you actually hear his new album.
The towering native of Pyburn, Tenn., is pictured against a backdrop of the American flag on the CD cover. Flip it over and you'll see snapshots of Darryl posing with armed forces personnel during his recent USO tour. Take out the CD itself and you'll find the Statue of Liberty stretching her arm toward the sunrise.
When it comes to whipping up national pride, Darryl beats the drum with the best of them. Largely made up of songs already heard on his Hard Rain Don't Last and I Miss My Friend CDs -- plus four new tunes -- Have You Forgotten? makes the same patriotic point clearly when you actually listen to it. The title cut has already raced to the top of the charts, having been taken up as an anthem supporting war in Iraq (though Darryl points out it was written about military activity in Afghanistan). The quick, proud "I Will Hold My Ground" upholds the strength of personal willpower and spirit in the face of adversity. And the previously released "POW 369" is a steel-tempered salute to a soldier who served time in the hands of the enemy.
There is a little escapism -- the new "I Need a Breather" is a Jimmy Buffett-style tropical delight, and old standbys "Tennessee River Run" and "Family Tree" are still fun. But for the most part, Have You Forgotten? sticks to its mission: to put Darryl Worley in the front ranks of patriotic pride.