Josh Gracin

Josh Gracin

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by Josh Gracin
     
 

American Idol 2 finalist and full-time U.S. Marine Josh Gracin is setting himself up for a solid career when he finishes his hitch in September 2004. His solo debut is a solid mainstream country-rock effort, and a splendid showcase for the artist's robust baritone voice, a most appealing instrument. Producer Marty Williams wraps Gracin's performances inSee more details below

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American Idol 2 finalist and full-time U.S. Marine Josh Gracin is setting himself up for a solid career when he finishes his hitch in September 2004. His solo debut is a solid mainstream country-rock effort, and a splendid showcase for the artist's robust baritone voice, a most appealing instrument. Producer Marty Williams wraps Gracin's performances in expressive strings, big, booming drums, stinging lead guitars, and, for ballast, atmospheric acoustic guitar strumming; but the instrumental volleys don't overwhelm the singer, whose emotive readings resonate with deeply felt commitment. Unsurprisingly, Gracin leans toward upbeat messages, as on the roiling instrumental assault of "Peace of Mind," which conjures the battered soul Gracin sings of, its triumphant roar also symbolizing the narrator's determination to make a better world for himself. Although "No One to Share the Blame" finds Gracin lamenting a bad breakup, he faces facts and owns up to his own shortcomings in a song that sounds like a blend of a '70s pop ballad and a boisterous Broadway show tune. Listen closely to the jubilant toe-tapper "I Would Look Good with You," and you'll hear a celebratory tale of new love laced with echoes of Beatlesque strings, a catchy dobro line snaking its way throughout, and discrete mandolin licks here and there. That leads almost without pause into a furious southern rocker, "Turn It Up," which is pure testosterone gusto concerning a guy and the hard-partyin' gal he picks up, fueled by blazing guitars and a stomping rhythm section. "Semper Fi" to this -- Josh Gracin is on duty in a big way. Atten-shun!

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
With his all-American charm and loyal following, Josh Gracin defied predictions and criticisms to finish fourth in the second season of the phenomenally popular American Idol television program. As the only contestant to embrace country music, Gracin set himself apart and played to a built-in audience in a format that none of the other finalists were tapping. Released at a time when a slew of other Idolists were dropping their own discs, Gracin's decision to go country on his debut was a wise move, as it gave him the opportunity to stake a claim in an open field while the others were left fighting for a tiny piece of mainstream real estate. Teaming up with producer Marty Williams (Rascal Flatts), Gracin mines the country-pop territory that butts up against property owned by artists like Lonestar, and although he hasn't found any golden nuggets like "Amazed," he does surface with a set of quality tunes that have a few gems among them. The hit single "I Want to Live" is the type of well-crafted composition that, with minor changes in the arrangement, could work as an adult contemporary song, a bombastic pop
ocker, or, in this case, a thundering country-pop tune dressed up with a fiddle and steel guitar. The moody "Wheels" is a dark tale of longing that drives the album forward right into the lightning-fast lyrics of the clever "Nothin' to Lose." Elsewhere, the disc has most of the ingredients that make a basic musical country stew, including big string-drenched ballads ("Brass Bed"), an annoyingly cute tune ("I Would Look Good With You"), a ballsy rocker ("Turn It Up"), and a patriotic tearjerker ("The Other Little Soldier"). Most of these songs are a bit bland and not quite as tasty as the urgent "Endless Helpless Hoping," but there is nothing that leaves a bad aftertaste. Much like he has done with Rascal Flatts, Marty Williams has designed a perfectly polished collection that suits Gracin's personality and vocals (which have transferred to the recording studio quite well). There is nothing daring or adventurous in the music or with Gracin himself, but that's just fine. Considering all the hoopla and instant fame generated by the contest, it's remarkable that he was able to focus and record a consistent and pleasant debut. He may not have won the title, but Josh Gracin has recorded an album befitting an American (country) Idol.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2004
Label:
Lyric Street
UPC:
0720616504524
catalogNumber:
165045
Rank:
118254

Tracks

  1. I Want to Live
  2. Brass Bed
  3. Peace of Mind
  4. Wheels
  5. Endless Helpless Hoping
  6. I Would Look Good With You
  7. No One to Share the Blame
  8. Nothing to Lose
  9. The Other Little Soldier
  10. The Long One
  11. Turn It Up

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Gracin   Primary Artist,Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Mike Brignardello   Bass,Bass Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Dobro,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Mandolin,Cello,Viola
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Tim Akers   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson   Harmonica
Larry Beaird   Acoustic Guitar
Jonathan Yugkin   Octophone

Technical Credits

Curtis Wright   Composer
Kelly Garrett   Composer
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Terry McBride   Composer
Steve Robson   Composer
Chris Rowe   Digital Editing
Kevin Savigar   Composer
Marty Williams   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Brett James   Composer
Thom McHugh   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Trisha Gosset   grooming
Josh Gracin   Liner Notes
Jedd Hughes   Composer
Bart Morris   Engineer,Digital Editing
Troy Verges   Composer
Candy Cameron   Composer
Trish Gossett   grooming
Michael Kosser   Composer
Fred Wilhelm   Composer

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