Here for the Party

Here for the Party

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by Gretchen Wilson
     
 

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Gretchen Wilson opens her debut album asserting, "I'm an eight ball shooting double fisted/drinking son of a gun," on the title track, and follows it up with the boisterous hit single "Redneck Woman," which begins, "I ain't never been the Barbie doll type." The music behind her is razor-edged and rowdy southern rock beholden to Skynyrd, the Charlie Daniels Band, and

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Gretchen Wilson opens her debut album asserting, "I'm an eight ball shooting double fisted/drinking son of a gun," on the title track, and follows it up with the boisterous hit single "Redneck Woman," which begins, "I ain't never been the Barbie doll type." The music behind her is razor-edged and rowdy southern rock beholden to Skynyrd, the Charlie Daniels Band, and Hank Jr. Singing with a bluesy edge that recalls both Tanya Tucker and Natalie Maines, Wilson is a dynamic presence on disc. But while this gal may enjoy partying with her friends, there's depth in her soul. In the lovely country ballad "When I Think About Cheatin'," defined by its weeping pedal steel, she reconsiders infidelity when she realizes it would cost her the man she loves; as cheatin' songs go, this is progress. "Holdin' You," a provocative ballad in Dixie Chicks country-rock style, finds her emoting full throttle à la Ms. Maines in expressing devotion to the man who keeps her grounded. "What Happened," an acoustic-based reflection on a breakup's aftermath, allows Wilson to show off an impressive, nuanced approach to a melancholy lyric, her restraint making her sorrow palpable. And what better way to forget all these troubles than to drown them in drink? "When It Rains," which Wilson co-wrote, is an infectious honky-tonk swinger in the classic style, and she gives it her best twangy reading. "Redneck Woman" may be a career song, but the tracks around it, and Wilson's 3-D personality -- which unabashedly embraces both hedonism and romanticism -- make the onset of her artistic journey a most compelling event indeed.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Taking its cues from her hit single "Redneck Woman," Here for the Party's opening title track introduces Gretchen Wilson in no uncertain terms. "I'm here for the beer and the ball-bustin' band," she sings over its emphatic kick drum beat and barroom twang. "I may not be a ten, but the boys say I clean up good." The vocalist's brassy delivery -- not to mention her brazen honesty -- differs considerably from the songbirds that often surround her on country radio in 2004. In fact, she's closer to the leather pants and poppy honky tonk of Tanya Tucker's 1978 effort T.N.T. Tucker is referenced in the aforementioned "Redneck Woman," as are Hank Williams, Jr. and Kid Rock, who also seem like primary sources for Wilson's mix of traditional country, pop accessibility, and uncut rock & roll attitude. Though she happily belts out the harder edges of "Homewrecker" and the hometown tribute "Pocahontas Proud," Wilson is also convincing on the ballad "When I Think About Cheatin'," and the softer tones of "What Happened." These tracks give Party some welcome depth, playing off its more rowdy material nicely and proving that Wilson isn't just a loudmouth novelty. Sure, that mud on her jeans in the back cover photo is real. But so is the sentiment in "Holdin' You," when she declares that "Holdin' you/Holds me together." Gretchen Wilson may be a redneck woman, but she has a heart of gold.
Rolling Stone - Jon Caramanica
There isn't a wasted song on Here for the Party.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969090329
catalogNumber:
90903
Rank:
4850

Tracks

  1. Here for the Party
  2. Redneck Woman
  3. When I Think About Cheatin'
  4. Homewrecker
  5. Holdin' You
  6. Chariot
  7. What Happened
  8. When It Rains
  9. The Bed
  10. Pocahontas Proud

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gretchen Wilson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Anderson   Gut String Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion
Mike Brignardello   Bass Guitar,Baritone,Guitar (Baritone)
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Steve Nathan   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Russ Pahl   Banjo,Guitar,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass Guitar,Baritone,Guitar (Baritone)
Joe Scaife   Background Vocals
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Reese Wynans   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Angela Primm   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Big Kenny   Background Vocals
John Rich   Acoustic Guitar
Gale West   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Anderson   Composer
Bekka Bramlett   Composer
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Joe Scaife   Producer,Audio Production
George Teren   Composer
Mark Wright   Producer,Audio Production
John Caldwell   Composer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Bart Pursley   Engineer
Vicky McGehee   Composer
Thom McHugh   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Todd Gunnerson   Engineer,Tracking Assistant
Big Kenny   Composer
Deb Haus   Art Direction,Artist Development
Sylvia Meiler   Creative Producer
Gretchen Wilson   Composer
John Rich   Composer
Keith Anderson   Composer
Wade Kirby   Composer

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Here for the Party 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this cd!! me and parker (one of my good friends) listen to this CD all the time he says that the first two songs describe me well!! lol i cant wait for her next CD luv ya
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first two songs "Here for the Party" and "Redneck Woman" are quite catchy and the lyrics are relatable to a lot of people. That's why Gretchen Wilson has been an instant hit in country music but the rest of the songs are horrible. It's obvious that Gretchen doesn't have great vocal talent & it doesn't help for her to sing these love songs. She should have stuck to catchy tunes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this CD because of all of the hype, and ended up very disappointed. The first two songs are fun, but the rest of the album is a snoozer. I wouldn't waste your money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this CD soon after it came out. I love it. Gretchen's voice is sensational. I love every song on the album. She has her roots from singers like Loretta Lynn and Tanya Tucker. She was discovered by the duo Big & Rich who invited her to their weekly Muzik Mafia shows. They were all down in their careers at the time, so the Mafia was like a support group for them. Then they beacame larger and larger, now look at them today! Her four singles are Redneck Woman (Breakout Hit), Here For The Party, When I Think About Cheatin' (Shows a different side of Gretchen), and Homewrecker. Every single did very well on the charts. Her album remains in the Top 10 on the country Billboard Chart after more than a year and a half out. It has surpassed 4X Platinum. This CD is a must have for any country or non country Fan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gretchen Wilson is the best damn country singer there is out here.. Ilove her songs, "When I think about Cheatin", "Redneck Woman" and "Here For The Party"...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gretchen Wilson has to be one of the best country singers today. I like the attitude that she has in her songs, like "Here For the Party" and "Homewrecker." I also like how she shows her softer side with songs like "When I Think About Cheating" and "Holding You"(my favorite on the cd). If you're tired of listening to the endless parade of Shania-clones, give this CD a try.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to know what country really sounded like before Shania, Faith, etc buy this one. I hav'nt bought a female C.D. till now. A cannot miss album. feltwing
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fabulous talent. Every song on this CD is really good. A lot of up tempo, high energy tunes. "When I Think About Cheating" and "Holding You" are great ballads, what a voice! "Homewrecker" is reminescent of Loretta Lynn's "Fist City". I highly recommend this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album covers a wide range from Mainstream Hype to the Emotive. Wilson compromises her talent to appeal to the masses yet shows her real talent in the more personable tracks. The mainstream titles are catchy; fun; yet not very cleaver. But her more obscure titles really draw you into the art of her music. Country music is not my first forte. However, for this R&B fan, Wilson's album is a great addition to my music collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only weak track is "Chariot" and it ain't that weak. Influences probably came from Skynard, Allman Bros., Hank Jr.,Tanya, Patty, Terri, Loretta. Best new female artist since Sara Evans. Loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gretchen Wilson is probably the best country singer ever. The attitude of her songs(especially "Redneck Woman and "Homewrecker")are perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will love every song on this CD, because it's awesome! Gretchen has a beautiful voice and the songs have great meaning, and attitude. Gretchen is the next rising star!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gretchen Wilson's song "Redneck Woman" is AWESOME!!!! Her CD probably will go to #1 just like the song! Guy buy the CD-it's out now
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know about any of you, but Gretchen Wilson ROCKS! She can sing way better than almost any female currently in country, and she's hot too! GO GRETCHEN!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say about Gretchen Wilson, is that she was born to be a star, let me just say that the song "Redneck Woman" is outstanding, it is about time that she gets some attention because she is going to be the "Next Big Thing" for many years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Homewrecker, Here for the party,Redneck Woman, lets just say I love them all!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's the best CD I will ever own, well, actually we'll see if that's true when her next one comes out.
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