This Is Country Music CD (2011)

Artist: Brad Paisley

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Great Country Music Album

on 6/30/2011

Without a doubt, Brad Paisley IS the voice of country music in this decade. Every song on this album is phenomenal, and exemplifies the very core of the genre. I would be hard pressed to say that there is a single bad track in the bunch, indeed there are MANY single worthy numbers here. Camouflage, Remind Me, Love Her Like She's Leavin' and New Favorite Memory could easily be top 10 performers. This is country music at its finest.

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Label Arista Records/sbme
SKU 221158771
UPC 886978327420
UPC 14 00886978327420
Format CD
Release Date 5/23/2011
Author Brad Paisley
Compilation Appearance AUTHENTIC [Vinyl Record]
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Pickin' On
Technical Info
Engineer Richard Barrow; Brian David Willis
CatalogID 88697832742
Lable Name Arista
Released 05/23/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 64m : 49s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886978327420
Musical Guests
Carrie Underwood
Don Henley
Clint Eastwood
Blake Shelton
Marty Stuart
Sheryl Crow
Carl Jackson
Album Notes and Credits
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 Have to Die"); he opens the album by singing "You're not supposed to say the word cancer in a song," then breaks that very rule a few songs later; his twanging Telecaster may echo back to Don Rich, but is equally indebted to the shredders of the `80s. Paisley's determination to keep This Is Country Music lean and lanky does mean it's not as wily as his other records, but his consummate skill as a musician and big heart are always evident, always keeping things compelling. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional 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
Disc 1
1 This is Country Music
2 Old Alabama
3 Man Don't Have to Die, A
4 Camouflage
5 Remind Me
6 Working On a Tan
7 Love Her Like She's Leavin' - (featuring Don Henley)
8 One of Those Lives
9 Toothbrush
10 Be the Lake
11 Eastwood
12 New Favorite Memory
13 Don't Drink the Water
14 I Do Now
15 Life's Railway to Heaven - (featuring Sheryl Crow/Carl Jackson)
Product Attributes
Artist Paisley,Brad
Label Arista Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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