A Place to Land [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Little Big Town scored big with its second album, 2005's The Road to Here, thanks to the chart topping single "Gone." Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Roads Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet's meld rootsy contemporary country with acoustic and electric instruments and vocal harmonies inspired by Fleetwood Mac proved irresistible. A Place to Land is superior to its predecessor in every way: production feels more organic, the music is more sophisticated, and the lyrics more poignant. Perhaps the real secret to the success of this quartet is its secret weapon in behind-the-boards fifth member Wayne Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick is the band's producer and songwriting partner. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Little Big Town scored big with its second album, 2005's The Road to Here, thanks to the chart topping single "Gone." Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Roads Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet's meld rootsy contemporary country with acoustic and electric instruments and vocal harmonies inspired by Fleetwood Mac proved irresistible. A Place to Land is superior to its predecessor in every way: production feels more organic, the music is more sophisticated, and the lyrics more poignant. Perhaps the real secret to the success of this quartet is its secret weapon in behind-the-boards fifth member Wayne Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick is the band's producer and songwriting partner. He's chief guitar picker, and plays just about anything with strings, as well as the clavinet and B-3. If the sound on The Road to Here is reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac's glory years, A Place to Land drinks deeply from the well of the entire Southern California scene from the mid- to late '70s. It's not all regurgitation either. Little Big Town's sound is rooted deeply in traditional, organic country music. Their songs meld seamlessly with the vocal harmonies that evoke vintage Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Eagles earliest records. While the album's opener, "Fine Line," literally rings with Lindsey Buckingham's chord progressions, choruses, and arranged vocals (à la "Go Your Own Way"); it's open rock & roll territory with one exception: the verse structure has enough hard country to rise above that influence. They distinguish themselves a bit more on the album's road-weary first single, "I'm with the Band." Its beautifully paced B-3, electric guitars, and big cracking drums, Dobro, banjos, and mandolin are woven into a beautiful road song. The Eagles get melody-checked in "That's Where I'll Be," but the harmonies here could only be better if Bernie Leadon and Timothy B. Schmit joined in for six-part harmony. The acoustic guitars rise and fall, keeping a steady rhythmic chatter that serves as a painterly backdrop for those gorgeous voices. There is a loneliness and conviction in the song that feels authentic. This band has another side as well, and it's brought out in spades with the spooky "Evangeline," a harrowing song about emotional abuse: "You don't have to be kicked to be bruised/And you don't have to be hit to be abused...." It's one woman talking to another, exhorting her to see what's happening at the hands of a sick, violent man. With its high lonesome guitars, a spidery Dobro, and muffled floor tom, it's as powerful in its way as Gretchen Wilson's "Independence Day." Those who thrive on love songs will find "To Know Love" irresistible. It's profound in its poetry, and simplicity. "Novocaine," with its bluesed-out slide opening, explodes into a hand-clapping rocker. For all of LBT's appropriation of signature sounds from '70s L.A., their manner of employing them is, paradoxically, their trademark. There isn't another act out there on the road or in a studio today that sounds remotely like them. [The album was reissued in 2008 with four tracks added, including a cover of Dream Academy's 1985 hit "Life in a Northern Town."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099922786425
  • Catalog Number: 27864
  • Sales rank: 45,544

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fine Line (4:01)
  2. 2 I'm With the Band (4:24)
  3. 3 That's Where I'll Be (4:51)
  4. 4 Evangeline (4:33)
  5. 5 Vapor (4:13)
  6. 6 Novocaine (4:09)
  7. 7 Only What You Make of It (5:09)
  8. 8 A Place To Land (3:12)
  9. 9 Firebird Fly (3:15)
  10. 10 To Know Love (4:17)
  11. 11 Lonely Enough (4:22)
  12. 12 Fury (4:25)
  13. 13 Good Lord Willing (4:33)
  14. 14 Love Profound (3:57)
  15. 15 You're Gonna Love Me (4:24)
  16. 16 Life In a Northern Town - Jake Owen (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Little Big Town Primary Artist, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Phil Madeira Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Ron Block Acoustic Guitar
Dan Dugmore Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar, Pedals
Stuart Duncan Viola
Shannon Forrest Drums
Charles Judge Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Gordon Kennedy Guitar, Electric Guitar
Wayne Kirkpatrick Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Tambourine, Vocals, Clavinet, 12-string Guitar, Hand Clapping, Shaker, national steel guitar, Foot Stomping, Mando-Guitar, Crowd Noise
Chris McHugh Drums
Travis Aaron McNabb Percussion, Drums
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Adam Steffey Mandolin
Dan Tyminski Acoustic Guitar
Kristian Bush Mandolin, Vocals
Brandon Bush Synthesizer, Piano, Background Vocals
Glenn Spinner Vocals, Foot Stomping, Crowd Noise
Scott Patton Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Randy Kohrs Dobro
Jennifer Nettles Vocals
Karen Fairchild Tambourine, Vocals
Jimi Westbrook Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Annie Clements Bass, Background Vocals
Jake Owen Vocals
Phillip Sweet Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Foot Stomping
Rebecca Sweet Vocals, Foot Stomping, Crowd Noise
Kimberly Schlapman Vocals
Thad Beaty Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Wayne Kirkpatrick Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Todd Robbins Engineer
Aaron Swihart Engineer
Jon Randall Composer
Gilbert Gabriel Composer
Kristian Bush Audio Production
Glenn Spinner Engineer
David Haskell Engineer
Jennifer Nettles Producer, Audio Production
Little Big Town Audio Production
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Jimi Westbrook Composer
Joanna Carter Art Direction
Jessi Alexander Composer
Phillip Sweet Composer
Kimberly Schlapman Composer
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    Posted October 1, 2010

    My new favorite CD!

    I have listened to this CD many times in the short time I've had it and I have yet to get tired of it. I liked Little Big Town the first time I heard them and this CD showcases their great talent, individually as well as together as a band. I love all the songs and I especially enjoy listening to "Life in a Northern Town". Together with Sugarland they do an excellent rendition of this oldie-but-goodie that I have always liked. It's so nice to be able to hear this song again. Great job, Little Big Town!!

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