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 in

Overview

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!

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2004
Label:
Lyric Street
UPC:
0720616504524
catalogNumber:
165045
Rank:
186593

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

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
Terry McBride   Composer
Steve Robson   Composer
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
Troy Verges   Composer
Candy Cameron   Composer
Trish Gossett   grooming
Michael Kosser   Composer
Fred Wilhelm   Composer

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Josh Gracin 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
good voice bad c.d
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new c.d rocks it motivates you and inspires you to love like no ones watching!! And Josh has a country flow to him which is why he's my idol!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This really is the genre for Josh Gracin. Good songs that really showcase his talent and clean vocal style make this album an excellent first effort. I think he will be around for quite a long time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's so fun! I've been waiting for this CD for a long time. Ever since I saw him on American Idol. It was totally worth the wait! If you like country this CD is for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Gracin gives one of the best debut cd's in years! His talent is evident and undeniable in his work. All of the songs on this cd have single potential. Everyone is worth hearing! Well done Josh!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This c.d inspires me to love like you arent afraid to love and to except people from all different cultures. i LOVE this c.d!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like Tim, Garth, Toby, Alan? Then this Cd is for you. Josh completely captures the sound and feel of country music. A wonderful debut album from a great new artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listened to all the songs from beginning to end, before I bought the cd, and I couldn't stop listening. EVERY song is well written, well sung, and the MUSIC is the best to bike and walk on the treadmill to. That's my standard! If I can exercise to it...it's a big winner. Every song is great. Plus 90% of it is upbeat and FUN! To me it was enjoyable as Keith Urban, Toby Keith, and Jimmy Buffet. As far as some other contestants... I was disappointed by Clay's cd (please, don't hit me) the songs just didn't make sense and also dissapointed in Brad Cotter's new release (yawn!). Sony didn't do Brad ANY justice by watering down the music that he played so FANTASTIC live. When is the "LIVE" cd coming out? Where's the guitar? I'm so disappointed in what Sony did to Brad's cd. HOWEVER, I'm so utterly AMAZED by Josh! This cd made my summer! It's the best cd, I've bought in over a year! Congrats from Memphis via OHIO!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i'm so glad Josh came out with a cd.. i absolutely love it! it has some great messages in it. everyone should buy this cd, you will not be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a cd from a young man who has very obviously spent his life listening to Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw. Lots and lots of Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw. Unfortunately, there is much less here to indicate a fandom of Johnny Cash or Gram Parsons or even Alan Jackson. The result is a lackluster album full of exactly the kind of not-exactly country music that had overbloated the mainstream as of late. For all the Marine posturing and so-called twang (singing through ones nose is not the same thing) there is very little here to satiate a true country music fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Gracin has an amazing voice. His song "I Want to Live" off his first album hits right at home for many people. Believe it or not I did not watch American Idol 2, but actually starting enjoying his music right off the radio. The music on this cd stands out. Its a one of a kind cd. It is the type of cd that you can listen to the whole way through. I strongly suggest buying this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love him and his album! i love in TOLS how he says ...A wall could not begin to hold the names of all the kids who gave the greatsest sacrifice that any child could give..., he is a TRUE america idol, serving our county in a time when the world needs it! i perdsonally love nothing to loose, it has a great rythem. and i love how hes whole album isnt just one style of country its all kinds. thers sometyhing for everyone, even if you dislike country a bit, youll love it after joshs aulbum.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had this c.d. for a coupel of months now and i love it. I was so happy when i got this album and i have some favirots on this c.d. like the song the brass bed and have any you ladies seen it who talk about hot, i all so like the first song and i have nothin to losse ,it looks like that he did not need american idols help look at the succsess he has so far josh gracin is deffently one of my many favirot new artist.joannna.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a very big country music fan, but the first time I heard Josh's first single, I want to live, I knew he was something. I don't like very many songs off this CD, but the songs that I like, I love. My absolute fav off this CD, is Nothin' to lose. I compare Josh to Mark Wills, lets see if he stays that good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this guy has awesome songs that really express feeling
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched him become well known on American Idol and I was sure to buy his new CD. I've been the owner of it since it came out and I love it. To those who don't like it are entitled to there own opinion but they just might not like country music. I've seen him perform live, met him twice and have listened to his CD over and over again. He's got a great voice and a great personality. His songs are great. I really can't decide which ones is my favorite but I love "Little Soldier". It talks about how a little boy watched his dad go into the army and how he was "the other little soldier in this war". It touched me deeply. I would have given this CD more than 5 stars but 5 is the maxium I could do. I can't wait to buy his upcoming CD's in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago