Anything Goes

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like many professional Nashville songwriters, Randy Houser -- a co-author of Trace Adkins' career-defining smash "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" -- was given a crack at a career as a performer based on the strength of his songs and, like many other songsmiths turned singers, he has to sing other people's tunes on his 2008 debut, Anything Goes. One of those professionally written songs is the title track, a clear ploy to ease Houser onto the tight playlists of commercial radio, and it's as fine as far as the formula goes: melodic and tightly constructed, but not quite memorable. The same could be said for Houser's soft, everyman voice, which is pleasing enough but not ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like many professional Nashville songwriters, Randy Houser -- a co-author of Trace Adkins' career-defining smash "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" -- was given a crack at a career as a performer based on the strength of his songs and, like many other songsmiths turned singers, he has to sing other people's tunes on his 2008 debut, Anything Goes. One of those professionally written songs is the title track, a clear ploy to ease Houser onto the tight playlists of commercial radio, and it's as fine as far as the formula goes: melodic and tightly constructed, but not quite memorable. The same could be said for Houser's soft, everyman voice, which is pleasing enough but not quite memorable, at least when he's paired with these written-to-order songs -- and that can include songs that Houser penned himself, especially his melodramatic ballads, which veer toward the maudlin no matter if he's singing about god or lovers. Apart from the irritating Big & Rich-aping affectations of "Strange," Houser is better when the tempo either kicks up or lays back -- when things get looser, he shows some personality. He gets funny on the sly "Lie," grinds out a workingman's blues on "Paycheck Man," and strikes a terrific mellow jazzy groove on "How Many Times," the only one of these three written by another author (in this case, the great Al Anderson). These songs show Hauser's range and his easygoing appeal, and it's just a shame that there aren't a few more of them on this too professional debut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Universal South
  • UPC: 602517742130
  • Catalog Number: 001169902
  • Sales rank: 15,556

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Boots On (2:51)
  2. 2 Anything Goes (3:04)
  3. 3 Wild Wild West (3:31)
  4. 4 Back to God (5:14)
  5. 5 Something Real (4:22)
  6. 6 My Kind of Country (2:55)
  7. 7 Strange (3:13)
  8. 8 Lie (4:11)
  9. 9 Paycheck Man (3:04)
  10. 10 How Many Times (4:07)
  11. 11 I'll Sleep (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Randy Houser Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar
Eric Darken Percussion
David Angell Strings
John Catchings Strings
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
David Davidson Strings
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Kim Fleming Background Vocals
Paul Franklin Dobro, Steel Guitar
Vince Gill Background Vocals
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Kevin McKendree Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Steve Nathan Piano, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Michael Rhodes Bass
Bruce Wallace Acoustic Guitar
Kristin Wilkinson Strings
John Willis Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson Drums
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Aaron Mason Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Rob McNelley Electric Guitar
Steve Mackey Bass
Bruce Wallace Acoustic Guitar
Cliff Audretch III Background Vocals
Nick Buda Drums
Technical Credits
Al Anderson Composer
Daryl Burgess Composer
Chuck Cannon Composer
Greg Droman Engineer
Derek George Composer
Reed Nielsen Composer
Kristin Wilkinson Arranger, String Arrangements
Mark Wright Producer, Audio Production
David Lee Murphy Composer
Chuck Jones Composer
Jon Randall Composer
Shane Minor Composer
Danny Myrick Composer
Brice Long Composer
Angelo Composer
Randy Houser Composer
Susannah Parrish Art Direction
Brandon Kinney Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
John Wayne Wiggins Composer
Dallas Davidson Composer
Cliff Audretch III Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Country Record

    I loved this album. The song "Anything Goes" hooked me into buying the album, and I was not disappointed. This is not your cross-genre country music artist, but is a great, more true-to-home, country music singer. Love to play it loud in the car with the windows rolled down!

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