Concrete

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After 2007's Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame, Sunny Sweeney's debut album for Big Machine Records, she worked hard on the road and in the media to promote a record that in many ways set itself apart from its peers. That said, despite favorable press and some radio play, that album was overshadowed by another artist from her native East Texas: Miranda Lambert and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Nashville is weird like that: rather than embrace a burgeoning music scene from a particular region, it only accepts into its heart-of-hype one artist at a time from a particular place. Sweeney's debut deserved way more attention than it got. For Concrete, she moved over to one of Big Machine's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After 2007's Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame, Sunny Sweeney's debut album for Big Machine Records, she worked hard on the road and in the media to promote a record that in many ways set itself apart from its peers. That said, despite favorable press and some radio play, that album was overshadowed by another artist from her native East Texas: Miranda Lambert and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Nashville is weird like that: rather than embrace a burgeoning music scene from a particular region, it only accepts into its heart-of-hype one artist at a time from a particular place. Sweeney's debut deserved way more attention than it got. For Concrete, she moved over to one of Big Machine's sister labels, Republic Nashville, and issued a pre-release single, "From a Table Away," in March of 2011. By May, it had become the highest-charting Billboard debut single from a female country artist in four years. The hippest thing? It was a song she co-wrote. It seems Sweeney spent a lot of the time in between albums learning the craft of songwriting. She had three co-writes on her debut, but she has seven of ten here; all of them winners. Sweeney's sound is slick enough for Nash Vegas to embrace -- if they're smart -- with just enough rock & roll in its mix, but it's deeply rooted in the fertile country music tradition of East Texas. Pedal steel guitars whine and whinny all over these songs beautifully produced by Brett Beavers. The best of them are the aforementioned single, the torn up ballad "Staying's Worse Than Leaving," the stripped-down "Amy," the swaggering "Worn Out Heart," the hooky "It Wrecks Me," and the sassy "Helluva Heart," with its throwback dobro and meld of electric and acoustic guitars and a positively anthemic refrain. All of them showcase Sweeney's gifts as a fine lyricist and a top flight vocalist with enough restless country soul to pull off every song, even the cliched ones written by Nashville hot shots. YouTube has been kind to Sweeney thus far, we can only hope that radio and CMT will embrace her as well. Despite her youth and relative inexperience, Sweeney is the kind of writer and singer that Nashville needs at this juncture to pry itself from the muck of releasing cookie-cutter soundalikes for the last decade, with few exceptions. Concrete is modern and polished, yet makes no attempt to disguise the influence of the Texas country tradition in its heartfelt performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2011
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602527739779
  • Catalog Number: 001575102
  • Sales rank: 43,950

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Drink Myself Single (2:59)
  2. 2 From a Table Away (3:36)
  3. 3 Staying's Worse Than Leaving (3:24)
  4. 4 The Old Me (4:04)
  5. 5 Amy (2:42)
  6. 6 Worn Out Heart (3:00)
  7. 7 Mean As You (3:00)
  8. 8 It Wrecks Me (4:08)
  9. 9 Helluva Heart (3:09)
  10. 10 Fall For Me (4:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sunny Sweeney Primary Artist
Steve Brewster Drums
Mike Brignardello Bass
Bob Britt Electric Guitar
Jimmy Carter Bass
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Greg Morrow Drums
Mike Rojas Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, Hammond B3
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Scotty Sanders Dobro, Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Mike Johnson Lap Steel Guitar
Nicole Broussard Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Radney Foster Composer
Brett Beavers Composer, Producer
Bob DiPiero Composer
Tim Nichols Composer
Mark D. Sanders Composer
Brett James Composer
Monty Holmes Composer
Kelley Lovelace Composer
Karyn Rochelle Composer
Deanna Bryant Composer
Lori McKenna Composer
Lisa Carver Composer
Luke Wooten Engineer
Carolyn Dawn Johnson Composer
Brennen Leigh Composer
Whitney Sutton Copy Coordination
Sunny Sweeney Composer
Sandi Spika Borchetta Artistic Director
Robert Hicks Liner Notes
Hank Williams Mastering
Jay Clementi Composer
Aaron Rayburn Graphic Design
Lee Floyd Artistic Director
Heather Little Composer
Josh Shearon Graphic Design
Jaida Dreyer Composer
Justin Key Artistic Director
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