Wheelhouse CD (2013)

Artist: Brad Paisley

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Label Arista Records/sbme
SKU 246856348
UPC 887254553922
UPC 14 00887254553922
Format CD
Release Date 4/9/2013
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Author Brad Paisley
Compilation Appearance Blue Collar Comedy Tour
Compilation Appearance Heartbreak Hill
Compilation Appearance Cars
Compilation Appearance Today's Country Christmas
Compilation Appearance Anchored In Love:tribute To June Cart
Compilation Appearance Now Country
Compilation Appearance Superstars Of Country
Compilation Appearance Men Of Christmas
Compilation Appearance Country Christmas
Compilation Appearance Seeking Major Tom
Compilation Appearance Disney Pixar All Time Favorites
Compilation Appearance Authentic
Compilation Appearance Now That?s What I Call A Country Part
Compilation Appearance AUTHENTIC [Vinyl Record]
Compilation Appearance Now Country 6
Compilation Appearance For God & Country
Compilation Appearance Country Faith Vol 1
Compilation Appearance Now That's What I Call Country 7
Compilation Appearance Moonshine In The Trunk
Compilation Appearance Country Hits Since The 80s:box Set Se
Compilation Appearance Southbound
Compilation Appearance Now That?s What I Call Acm Awards:50t
Compilation Appearance Orthophonic Joy
Compilation Appearance Now That's What I Call Country Vol 8
Compilation Appearance Now Country 5
Compilation Appearance Country's Got Heart
Compilation Appearance Greatest Hits:decade 1
Compilation Appearance Now Country Volume 3
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Pickin' On
Technical Info
Engineer Neal Cappellino
Producer Brad Paisley
CatalogID 545539
Lable Name Arista
Released 2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 63m : 16s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00887254553922
Musical Guests
Dierks Bentley
Hunter Hayes
Roger Miller
Mat Kearney
Charlie Daniels
Eric Idle
LL Cool J
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Brad Paisley (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, programming, background vocals); Gary Hooker (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 6-string bass); Randle Currie (dobro); Kendall Marcy (banjo, piano, organ, keyboards, percussion, programming, background vocals); Justin Williamson (mandolin, fiddle, viola, cello); Ben Sesar (drums); Kenny Lewis (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Luke Wooten.
Recording information: The Wheelhouse.
Photographer: Jim Shea.
If Brad Paisley signaled a tentative stylistic retreat via the title of 2011's This Is Country Music, the name of its 2013 sequel, Wheelhouse, is a fake-out. By no means is he returning to familiar territory here; he's stepping far outside his "Southern Comfort Zone," as Paisley puts it on the record's first single. There, he admits how he misses his Tennessee home but he's seen the ways he's grown and never would have seen the world without leaving what he already knew, a kind of self-evident truth that passes for a major revelation in the polarized world of 2013, where residents of both red and blue states are very happy within the confines of their county. Paisley has taken it upon himself to narrow the gap between city and country and, in that sense, Wheelhouse in general and "Southern Comfort Zone" in particular are cousins of sorts to his multi-cultural paean "American Saturday Night," only blown up to an international scale. Throughout the album, Paisley finds something to celebrate in every little corner of the world, or at the very least, the countries where his career has taken him. He titles an instrumental in Chinese, he writes a very English character sketch in "Harvey Bodine" (shades of the Kinks, or even Blur's "Ernold Same"), the Mona Lisa moves him to write a love song, and he rhapsodizes about "Karate," which a battered woman uses to exact revenge on her abuser. "Karate" is one of those tricky juggling acts Paisley pulls off with grace; another is "Those Crazy Christians," where he admires faith while harboring doubts of his own, never taking potshots at those who believe -- but there are times on Wheelhouse where Paisley simply has too many balls in the air and they're destined to fall. They come crashing down on "Accidental Racist," a well-intentioned attempt to get good ol' boys to reconsider the perspective of African-Americans undone by on-the-nose lyrics by Paisley and guest rapper LL Cool J, whose presence is simultaneously admirable and heavy-handed. Other odd grace notes abound, ranging from the too-dense spoken sample collage and "Dixie" interpolation on "Southern Comfort Zone," to the choice to bring both Mat Kearney and Charlie Daniels in as rappers, leaving teen heartthrob Hunter Hayes to play guitar and Eric Idle to sing. Paisley houses all these quirks underneath a looming cloud of arena rock atmospherics borrowed from U2, then accentuates everything with shouted harmonies laid on way too thickly, an expansive, ambitious production that remains admirable even with when it's unsuccessful. Usually, Wheelhouse suffers when the cross-cultural ambition is too great -- the wickedly funny "Oustanding in Our Field" samples Roger Miller and features a sly Dierks Bentley cameo, two moves so natural they wind up illustrating the labor that lies elsewhere -- but when Paisley does pull it all together, as he does on "Karate" or the joyous "Beat This Summer" (as effervescent a song as he's ever cut), the results are so good they wind up proving his point that more country singers should step outside their wheelhouse. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.64) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "He's trying to take country to new places....As always, plenty of tasty guitar."
Billboard (p.35) - "[H]e's as clever as ever here, with help from friends like Dierks Bentley, Roger Miller, Hunter Hayes and LL Cool J."
Disc 1
1 Bon Voyage
2 Southern Comfort Zone
3 Beat This Summer
4 Outstanding in Our Field
5 Pressing on a Bruise
6 I Can't Change the World
7 [Untranslated]
8 Karate
9 Death of a Married Man
10 Harvey Bodine
11 Tin Can On a String
12 Death of a Single Man
13 Mona Lisa, The
14 Accidental Racist
15 Runaway Train
16 Those Crazy Christians
17 Officially Alive
Product Attributes
Artist Paisley,Brad
Label Arista Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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