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Wheelhouse (2013)

Artist: Brad Paisley
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Format: CD
Sku: 246856348
UPC: 887254553922
UPC 14: 00887254553922
Release Date: 4/9/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Bon Voyage
2. Southern Comfort Zone
3. Beat This Summer
4. Outstanding in Our Field ~ (featuring Dierks Bentley/Hunter Hayes/Roger Miller)
5. Pressing on a Bruise ~ (featuring Mat Kearney)
6. I Can't Change the World
7. [Untranslated]
8. Karate
9. Death of a Married Man ~ (featuring Eric Idle)
10. Harvey Bodine
11. Tin Can On a String
12. Death of a Single Man
13. Mona Lisa, The
14. Accidental Racist ~ (featuring LL Cool J)
15. Runaway Train
16. Those Crazy Christians
17. Officially Alive
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Luke Wooten.
Muze PNote Recording information: The Wheelhouse.
Muze PNote Photographer: Jim Shea.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Brad Paisley

Engineer: Neal Cappellino

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Dierks Bentley
Muze Guest Artist Hunter Hayes
Muze Guest Artist Roger Miller
Muze Guest Artist Mat Kearney
Muze Guest Artist Charlie Daniels
Muze Guest Artist Eric Idle
Muze Guest Artist LL Cool J

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Blue Collar Comedy Tour
Muze Music Compilations Heartbreak Hill
Muze Music Compilations Country's Got Heart
Muze Music Compilations All Gone Fishin
Muze Music Compilations Today's Country Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Anchored In Love:tribute To June Cart
Muze Music Compilations Blue Collar Comedy Tour:truckload Sal
Muze Music Compilations Hear Something Country Christmas
Muze Music Compilations How Great Thou Art:gospel Favorites L
Muze Music Compilations Now Country
Muze Music Compilations Billy: The Early Years of Billy Graham
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Country Christ
Muze Music Compilations Men Of Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Now Country Volume 3
Muze Music Compilations Seeking Major Tom
Muze Music Compilations Sharp Dressed Men:zz Top Tribute
Muze Music Compilations Disney Pixar All Time Favorites
Muze Music Compilations Authentic
Muze Music Compilations Now That?s What I Call A Country Part
Muze Music Compilations Cars
Muze Music Compilations Now Country 6
Muze Music Compilations Country Faith Vol 1
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Country 7
Muze Music Compilations Moonshine In The Trunk
Muze Music Compilations Country Hits Since The 80s:box Set Se
Muze Music Compilations Southbound
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits:decade 1
Muze Music Compilations For God & Country
Muze Music Compilations Christmas In The Sand
Muze Music Compilations Now Country 5

Associated Artists and Works

On, Pickin'
Pickin' On

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 545539
Music Label Name Label : Arista
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00887254553922

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."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Paisley,Brad
Product attributeLabel:   Arista Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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