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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.

There isn't a wasted song on Here for the Party.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969090329
  • Catalog Number: 90903
  • Sales rank: 58,702

Tracks

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

Performance Credits
Gretchen Wilson Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Al 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
Al 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
Hank Williams Mastering
Wade Kirby Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gretchen RULES!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVED IT!!!!!

    Gretchen Wilson is probably the best country singer ever. The attitude of her songs(especially "Redneck Woman and "Homewrecker")are perfect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GO GRETCHEN!!!!!

    I love Homewrecker, Here for the party,Redneck Woman, lets just say I love them all!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She Rocks

    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"...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good work Gretchen!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    all right

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GRETCHEN ROCKS!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From Mainstream to Heartfelt

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Real Country Rock with Bluesy Sound

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i luv this CD!!!!!!!!!!!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is country

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gretchen Rocks

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Next Big Thing!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Here for the Party

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Here for the Party

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gr8 CD!!!!

    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

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