Haywire [Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Tracks]

Haywire [Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Tracks]

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by Josh Turner
     
 

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It's never a good sign when an artist's new album opens with its first two singles. That's just what Josh Turner's fourth album, Haywire, does, with the obligatory modern-day honky tonker "Why Don't We Just Dance?" and the faux-sensitive macho ballad "I Wouldn't Be a Man." Producer Frank Rogers tried admirably to make a moreSee more details below

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It's never a good sign when an artist's new album opens with its first two singles. That's just what Josh Turner's fourth album, Haywire, does, with the obligatory modern-day honky tonker "Why Don't We Just Dance?" and the faux-sensitive macho ballad "I Wouldn't Be a Man." Producer Frank Rogers tried admirably to make a more organic-sounding record than 2007's Justin Niebank-helmed Everything Is Fine. This doesn't mean it's "traditional" in any sense; Haywire is a thoroughly contemporary country record, but is reined in sonically with more acoustic instrumentation, less compression, and vocals placed properly in their relation to the instrumental mix. That said, something got lost along the way: Turner's massive personality which, along with his deep baritone, is his trademark in a cookie-cutter industry. More than anything else, it's the song choices that make this set sound so flat. Most of Turner's own tunes don't have the same "pop" they had on previous records. The title track is simply a set of contemporary country cliches strung together, and "I Got Her Just as Fast as I Could" sounds trite and insincere. The best thing here isn't even a country song: "Lovin' You on My Mind" is an attempt at a fusion of country, adult contemporary pop, and soul, complete with strings, a Rhodes piano, and a female backing chorus. It feels sincere, and with its layered arrangement, it works well. Turner's "Eye Candy" weaves rockabilly, country boogie, and honky tonk, and would be a good choice for a single, because it's the only other distinctive track on the set. Everybody's got to miss sometime, and on Haywire, Turner does by a mile, despite his no doubt good intentions in taking some of the slickness off the contemporary country sound. [A deluxe edition with bonus live and previously unreleased tracks was released in 2010.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/2010
Label:
Mca Nashville
UPC:
0602527291116
catalogNumber:
001392002
Rank:
88116

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Turner   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Strings
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
David Davidson   Strings
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Kevin Grantt   Bass,Upright Bass
Connie Heard   Strings
Steve Hinson   Dobro,Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Gordon Mote   Piano,Wurlitzer
Steve Nathan   Piano
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Joey Click   Bass
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Gayle Mayes   Choir, Chorus
Reggie Smith   Choir, Chorus
Angela Primm   Choir, Chorus
Derek Wells   Electric Guitar
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Gut String Guitar,national steel guitar
Jennifer Turner   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Ladye Love Smith   Choir, Chorus
Frank Rogers   Keyboards
Kevin Haynie   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Zeneba Bowers   Strings
Chris Stapleton   Background Vocals
Justin Schipper   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Chip Davis   Choir, Chorus
Jordan Lawson   Fiddle,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Mike Johnson   pedabro
T.J. Wilder   Drums

Technical Credits

Pat McLaughlin   Composer
Craig Allen   Art Direction
Shawn Camp   Composer
John Hobbs   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Mike Reid   Composer
Kristin Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Rhett Akins   Composer
Brian David Willis   Digital Editing
Josh Turner   Composer,Art Direction,Tray Photo
Jim Beavers   Composer
Richard Barrow   Engineer,Digital Editing,overdub engineer
Brady Barnett   Digital Editing
Tim James   Composer
Frank Rogers   Producer
Steven Dale Jones   Composer
Phillip Stein   Digital Editing
Tyler Moles   Digital Editing
Jeremy Spillman   Composer
Elliott Park   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer
Jonathan Singleton   Composer
Hank Williams   Mastering
Phillip White   Composer
Ben Hayslip   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
Manny Rogers   Keyboard Engineer
Rory Bourke   Composer
Mark Narmore   Composer
Kendell Marvel   Composer
Elliot Park   Composer

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