Achin' and Shakin'

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Laura Bell Bundy is well-known as a Broadway performer, but less so as a contemporary country singer. Her debut album, Longing for a Place Already Gone, was released on her own independent LAB Records in 2007. While it never charted, it was substantial in that it recalled a much earlier era of country music without falling into pure nostalgia. Achin' and Shakin' is her Mercury Nashville debut, produced (mostly) by Nathan Chapman. It's a concept recording with two distinctly different reflections on love, the words in the title reflecting musical interpretations of modern country music. The Achin' side is, predictably, the more melancholy part of the recording. From its ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Laura Bell Bundy is well-known as a Broadway performer, but less so as a contemporary country singer. Her debut album, Longing for a Place Already Gone, was released on her own independent LAB Records in 2007. While it never charted, it was substantial in that it recalled a much earlier era of country music without falling into pure nostalgia. Achin' and Shakin' is her Mercury Nashville debut, produced (mostly) by Nathan Chapman. It's a concept recording with two distinctly different reflections on love, the words in the title reflecting musical interpretations of modern country music. The Achin' side is, predictably, the more melancholy part of the recording. From its opener, "Drop on By," with its lilting old-school country leanings, Bundy sings in a big, throaty contralto that begs her beloved to come by, no matter when or why. It's followed by what may be the album's finest track, the nakedly confessional "Curse the Bed," a lilting ballad that speaks its anger and pain with a candor that is only held in check by the instrumental backing. One can hear the heartbreak in Bundy's phrasing, which invites the listener into the most intimate of experiences. The Shakin' side of the set is led off by the sassy single "Giddy on Up," introduced by a funky soul bassline before being undercut by fiddles and banjo and punched up by a horn section. It walks a line between a retro look at Southern soul and contemporary country. It's a dance tune, pure and simple, even though its lyric content deals with betrayal. The other standout is "Rebound," a down-and-dirty sexual number that boasts of the protagonist's way to heal her heartbreak. The chorus is a brave thing, even for today's country: "Pick me up, lay me down/Won't you be my rebound." The same goes for "Boyfriend?" Both of these rollicking, rowdy songs reflect the more sexual side of Gretchen Wilson's anthemic and liberating "Redneck Woman." "If You Want My Love," with its gospel backing chorus and good-timey electric guitars, moves the record into more redemptive, less desperate terrain. The latter half's uptempo, swaggering reflection of the singer's persona will no doubt resonate with country audiences more, though it's the first half of the album that is more substantive and memorable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2010
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
  • UPC: 602527319711
  • Catalog Number: 001396802
  • Sales rank: 110,417

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Drop On By (3:10)
  2. 2 Curse the Bed (3:24)
  3. 3 Cigarette (3:51)
  4. 4 Please (3:40)
  5. 5 Homecoming Queen (4:31)
  6. 6 When It All Goes South (4:29)
  7. 7 Giddy on Up (3:28)
  8. 8 I'm No Good (For Ya Baby) (4:02)
  9. 9 Rebound (3:08)
  10. 10 Boyfriend? (3:54)
  11. 11 If You Want My Love (3:24)
  12. 12 Everybody (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laura Bell Bundy Primary Artist
Duke Levine Dobro, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Chad Cromwell Drums
Dan Dugmore Mandolin, Steel Guitar
Marc Muller Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Fiddle, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer Bass
Steve Nathan Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Michael Rhodes Bass
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
Chris Carmichael Strings
Tim Lauer Organ, Piano, Accordion, Pump Organ, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Angela Primm Background Vocals
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson Harmonica
Gale Mayes-West Background Vocals
Nir Z. Drums
Ilya Toshinsky Acoustic Guitar
Kyle Kelso Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion
Rob McNelley Electric Guitar
Mike Shimshack Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Hammond B3
Nathan Chapman Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Stephanie Chapman Background Vocals
Steve Athan Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Technical Credits
Duke Levine Engineer
Barry Dean Composer
Marc Muller Engineer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Ronnie Rogers Composer
Tommy Lee James Composer
Drew Bollman Engineer
Andrew Dorff Composer
Laura Bell Bundy Composer, Liner Notes
Jeff Coplan Engineer
Jerry Flowers Composer
Karen Naff Art Direction
Brice Long Composer
Nir Z. Engineer
Kyle Kelso Programming, Producer, Engineer
Mike Shimshack Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Kyle Ford Engineer
Nathan Chapman Composer, Producer
Luke Laird Composer
P.J. Fenech Engineer
Hank Williams Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not what i expected

    it was not what i expected (and i was pleasantly ) surprised not what you might consider country music. her first single was funny and her second was surprisingly emotional

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    love it the first time I heard it

    I am a African woman and I love this CD, it's for everyone!!

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