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Brad Paisley - This Is Country Music

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    Audio Mixer: Luke Wooten. Liner Note Author: Judy Forde-Blair. Recording information: Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Ocean Way, Nashville, TN; Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN; The Castle, Franklin, TN; The PoolHouse, Nashville, TN. Photographer: Jim S......more

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Artist: Paisley, Brad
Audio Mixer: Luke Wooten. Liner Note Author: Judy Forde-Blair. Recording information: Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Ocean Way, Nashville, TN; Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN; The Castle, Franklin, TN; The PoolHouse, Nashville, TN. Photographer: Jim Shea. Consciously backpedaling from the all-encompassing embrace of American Saturday Night, Brad Paisley narrows his definition of what constitutes modern country on his seventh collection of new songs, This Is Country Music. Gone are the casual multiculturalism, the allusions to the age of Obama, the subtle instrumental flourishes that suggested a world outside of country; whenever Paisley chooses to broaden the horizons on This Is Country Music, he brings in Don Henley to duet on a power ballad or kicks up the reverb for a bit of landbound surf-rock. From the album title right on down to a rousing tribute to "Old Alabama" -- a tribute so clever it seamlessly references a handful of the band's '80s hits, its chorus playfully inverting "Mountain Music," then enlists the group to sing the punch line -- Paisley celebrates the strict confines of country, gently bending its topical borders but adhering to country customs so strictly he even convinces Clint Eastwood to whistle a Morricone melody on a spaghetti Western instrumental tribute to the actor. Here's where Paisley's skills as a craftsman come into play. Always a traditionalist -- the kind who saluted the Grand Ol Opry by regularly having Bill Anderson and Little Jimmy Dickens come out to do some cornpone humor on his albums -- he builds a song with care but is keenly aware that he's living in 2011, not 1965. Even when he's determined to rein in his ambition, his music is rich and surprising. His silly novelties ("Camouflage" and "Be the Lake") are underpinned by a sly sense of humor not readily apparent on their hammy choruses; he has an eye for details, whether it's how a relationship builds ("Toothbrush") or how a soul erodes in this modern world ("A Man Don't...
See Also:
Part II, Time Well Wasted, Who Needs Pictures
See Influences:
Ricky Skaggs, Patsy Montana, Buck Owens, Clint Black, Randy Travis (Country), Dwight Yoakam, Redd Volkaert, John Jorgenson, Shenandoah, Vince Gill, T. Texas Tyler, The Mavericks, Bob Wills, Merle Haggard, Chet Atkins, Jimmy Bryant, Asleep at the Wheel, Chris Hillman, George Strait
See Contemporaries:
The Band Perry, Julianne Hough, Kevin Sharp, Pat Green, Keith Urban, Ty Herndon, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Collin Raye, Joe Nichols, Daryle Singletary, Andy Griggs, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Gary Allan, Phil Vassar, Travis Tritt, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Alan Jackson, Randy Houser, Chris Cagle, John Rich (Big & Rich), Trace Adkins, George Strait, Rodney Atkins, Sara Evans, Rebecca Lynn Howard
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 This is Country Music
  2. 2 Old Alabama
  3. 3 Man Don't Have to Die, A
  4. 4 Camouflage
  5. 5 Remind Me
  6. 6 Working On a Tan
  7. 7 Love Her Like She's Leavin'
  8. 8 One of Those Lives
  9. 9 Toothbrush
  10. 10 Be the Lake
  11. 11 Eastwood
  12. 12 New Favorite Memory
  13. 13 Don't Drink the Water
  14. 14 I Do Now
  15. 15 Life's Railway to Heaven - (featuring Sheryl Crow/Carl Jackson)
Contemporary Country
Arista Records
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Mono or Stereo:
SPARS Coding:
64 : 49
Guest Artist:
Alabama; Carrie Underwood; Don Henley; Clint Eastwood; Blake Shelton; Marty Stuart; Sheryl Crow; Carl Jackson
Editorial Reviews:
Rolling Stone (p.88) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he greatest country artist of his generation keeps it fresh, funny and guitar-heroic." Spin (p.102) - "Nashville's savviest superstar goes just-folks with a vengeance on THIS IS COUNTRY MUSIC..." Entertainment Weekly (p.69) - "[T]here are honest tearjerkers here, like the post-divorce lament 'I Do Now.' The whole record plays like a best-of sampler -- not just for Paisley, but for the history of the art form." -- Grade: A
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