In Another World

In Another World

by Joe Diffie
     
 

It's no surprise that Joe Diffie has racked up 5 No. 1 singles and 13 Top 10 hits in the past 11 years. Good songs addressing real-world dilemmas, rendered with conviction, will achieve such results. In Another World ought to add a few new landmarks to the Okie baritone's hit highway. A top contender is the title song, which asserts itself on the strength ofSee more details below

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It's no surprise that Joe Diffie has racked up 5 No. 1 singles and 13 Top 10 hits in the past 11 years. Good songs addressing real-world dilemmas, rendered with conviction, will achieve such results. In Another World ought to add a few new landmarks to the Okie baritone's hit highway. A top contender is the title song, which asserts itself on the strength of its escalating intensity, building from a whisper to a shout as Diffie digs into the catchy melody and tells a wistful tale of a gone but not forgotten (or desired) lover. The sizzling barroom blues of "My Give a Damn's Busted" goes over like gangbusters, as cowriter Diffie delivers an acerbic take on the cult of victimhood, the Oprah-ization of society, and all the "me first" parasites plaguing the postapocalyptic world -- there's no way Diffie could have known how appropriate this song would sound at the time of its release, but his snide attitude towards selfishness certainly strikes a responsive chord. In "Hollow Deep as Mine," metaphorical musings on a man alone in nature are anchored by the hard-country ballast of evocative pedal steel and fiddle lines, elevating the whole affair to a mystical plateau. On a tender note, Diffie plays the romantic-in-freefall on "What a Way to Go," an up-tempo, heart-tugging ballad speculating on the blessings of dying in the arms of his beloved. In Another World is bookended by a reminiscence of a lost lover and a quiet, fiddle-rich tribute to a fallen family member, "The Grandpa That I Know," with Diffie reaching down for some John Anderson-like low notes in praising his gritty, salt-of-the-earth forbear. The song fades out, and the circle is complete. And so is another winner for Joe Diffie.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Country is more a music of songs than albums, as its practitioners scour Nashville publishers for ten good compositions in the established style, then hope one or two of them will connect with fans. Joe Diffie has put together a decade-plus career in country largely on his ability to succeed in this quest. An adequate but undistinguished singer, he has proven versatile enough to score with a variety of material, and if he has never ascended to superstar status, that he is still going after ten years is a considerable accomplishment. His albums as albums tend to suffer from the typical country flaw: They sound like ten separate songs instead of coherent collections. That's true of In Another World, too, but, as usual, there seem to be enough potential singles to keep him going. The title song, which, typical of the current market, was on country radio for months prior to the album's release, isn't really one of the stronger tracks; it's a wistful reflection on lost love, but a bit sketchy. Far better is the second track, the raucous kiss-off song "My Give a Damn's Busted." Diffie has made a small specialty of such novelties, and he gives a letter-perfect reading to this one, which sounds like a hit waiting to happen if country fans don't find it a tad too sarcastic. Typically, though, it's a one-off; nothing else on the record sounds remotely like it. "If I Lost Her" is the best ballad, while "This Pretender" sounds like something the Eagles could have done. The rest of the tracks are sturdy formula country with their twisted clichés, sentimental messages, and instrumentation. The producers have achieved a remarkably high-tech sound for a country disc, even if the result comes off as freeze-dried on occasion, especially in the harmony vocals.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998537323
catalogNumber:
85373

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Diffie   Primary Artist,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Hawaiian Guitar
David Hungate   Bass
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Brent Mason   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Steve Nathan   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Zack Turner   Banjo,Harp,Clavinet
Tommy White   Dobro
Lonnie Wilson   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocal Harmony
Glenn Worf   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
John Barlow Jarvis   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Kim Parent   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Mike Bradley   Engineer
Mark Capps   Engineer,Digital Editing
Don Cook   Producer
Lonnie Wilson   Producer,Engineer
Rollow Welch   Art Direction
Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band   Art Direction
Hank Williams   Mastering

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