Crazy World LP

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
On their last album, Boys Like Girls made the unspoken connection between emo-pop and country-pop into something more tangible by performing a duet with Taylor Swift. Both styles share a radio-ready slickness, a tenuous connection to the sound they're derived from (punk, country), and teenage love-lost lyrical angst, no matter the age of the singer. It's surprising more bands haven't made the attempt to cross over, but on Crazy World, the group mostly leave emo-pop behind and dive headfirst into sleeveless, dusty country. Though there aren't any fiddles to be heard, there are plenty of twangy guitar licks, harmonicas, rhythms perfect for line dancing, nostalgic songs about ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
On their last album, Boys Like Girls made the unspoken connection between emo-pop and country-pop into something more tangible by performing a duet with Taylor Swift. Both styles share a radio-ready slickness, a tenuous connection to the sound they're derived from (punk, country), and teenage love-lost lyrical angst, no matter the age of the singer. It's surprising more bands haven't made the attempt to cross over, but on Crazy World, the group mostly leave emo-pop behind and dive headfirst into sleeveless, dusty country. Though there aren't any fiddles to be heard, there are plenty of twangy guitar licks, harmonicas, rhythms perfect for line dancing, nostalgic songs about diners and high school, and a song "Red Cup Hands Up Long Brown Hair") that manages to fit in lyrics about rag tops, drinking beer from plastic cups, and sunbathing on the hood of a car. The only thing that keeps this from sounding like a Jake Owen album is the lack of southern accents, but that would have been hard for a bunch of ex-punks from Boston to pull off. What the album most sounds like is a goofy, brodacious version of Taylor Swift's Red, only with more programming and less heartbreak. It's an open question whether any fans of the group's hooky stadium emo will follow them as they travel south of the Mason-Dixon line; odds are quite a few might feel betrayed by the change in direction and the nagging feeling that maybe the group may have sold out just a little in pursuit of a new audience. It'll also be interesting to see if any country fans will climb onboard. The band certainly throw their arms wide open in welcome, crafting the laboratory-perfect, good-time emo-country-pop hybrid experience that'll sound very good blasting out of rag tops and 4X4's, if not a moody teenager's bedroom.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2012
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886977316227
  • Catalog Number: 773162
  • Sales rank: 49,640

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The First Time (4:26)
  2. 2 Life of the Party (3:57)
  3. 3 Crazy World (3:56)
  4. 4 Be Your Everything (3:30)
  5. 5 Stuck In the Middle (3:51)
  6. 6 Cheated (3:42)
  7. 7 Shoot (4:52)
  8. 8 Leaving California (4:09)
  9. 9 Take Me Home (3:46)
  10. 10 Red Cup Hands Up Long Brown Hair (2:54)
  11. 11 Hey You (5:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Boys Like Girls Primary Artist
Bill Appleberry Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Brian Nash Piano
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
Kristian Bush Mandolin
Jeffrey Young Organ, Wurlitzer
Valerie Pinkston Background Vocals
Paul Ill Bass
Martin Johnson Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals, Group Member
John Keefe Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Group Member
Paul DiGiovanni Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Group Member
Rob Hawkins Electric Guitar
Morgan Dorr Bass, Background Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Rick Beato Composer
Kevin Griffin Composer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Eric Stenman Digital Editing
Kristian Bush Composer
Brandon Bush Composer
Chris Tompkins Composer
Brad Warren Composer
Brett Warren Composer
Sam Hollander Composer
Will Sandalls Engineer
Tomas Costanza Programming
Claude Kelly Composer
Dave Katz Composer
Martin Johnson Composer, Programming, Producer, String Arrangements
Kyle Moorman Programming, Engineer
Luke Laird Composer
Jean Paul Makhlouf Programming, Engineer
Alex Makhlouf Programming
Eric Paslay Composer
Chad Rollinson Programming
Patrick Tracy Layout
Rob Hawkins Composer, Programming
John Webb Jr. Composer
Chris Tompkins Composer
Chris Bernard Digital Editing
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