Let's Be Us Again

Let's Be Us Again

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by Lonestar
     
 

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In its love songs and thoughtful reminiscences of days gone by, Lonestar's Let's Be Us Again betrays a reflective, nostalgic streak a bit wider than has been evident on the group's previous albums. "County Fair" opens the disc on a stomping note, with fiery fiddle work and stinging guitar lines punctuating the band's tight, soaring harmonies celebrating theSee more details below

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In its love songs and thoughtful reminiscences of days gone by, Lonestar's Let's Be Us Again betrays a reflective, nostalgic streak a bit wider than has been evident on the group's previous albums. "County Fair" opens the disc on a stomping note, with fiery fiddle work and stinging guitar lines punctuating the band's tight, soaring harmonies celebrating the virtues of small-town life. The what-was-and-what-is yin-yang fuels a propulsive country-rock take on class reunions, "Class Reunion (That Used to Be Us"), whereas a certain urgency attends the plaintively rendered parental advice on child rearing in the country-pop ballad "Let Them Be Little." Alabama's Randy Owen does a guest shot on "From There to Here," a pounding litany citing examples of undaunted optimism down through the years. Sometimes the guys cut loose with nothing more in mind than partying hard and long, as on the rocking salute to weekend hedonism "T.G.I.F.," and at other points they simply offer up a heartfelt paean to a good woman's love, as in the soaring, tender-hearted "Now." It's all Lonestar being Lonestar again, and that should translate into another long-term winner for the veteran hitmakers.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Toward the end of the '90s, Lonestar decided to move firmly into the mainstream of contemporary country, leaving behind any hardcore country influences they may have had in favor of sweet anthemic ballads and poppy country-rockers. In essence, they picked up where Alabama left off, so it's little surprise that Alabama's Randy Owen sings on "From There to Here" on the group's fifth album, Let's Be Us Again -- he's passing the torch to this likeable bunch from Tennessee. Like Alabama, Lonestar are catchy and bright, not as concerned with keeping country as they are with hooks and tunes that keep them on the radio, and after they moved toward contemporary country with 1999's Lonely Grill, they have stayed near the top of the country charts. Given that success, perhaps it's inevitable that the group doesn't try much new on Let's Be Us Again, but they're savvy enough to pick up on some early-2000s trends, whether it's dedicating "Somebody's Someone" to "the fallen heroes" or cribbing from Kenny Chesney's island obsession on "T.G.I.F." Lonestar are at their best when they keep the tempo and the mood upbeat, and fortunately most of the album is on the faster side, which makes it more entertaining than some of their previous albums. It's also a consistent album, with only a handful of duds -- such as the well-intentioned "Let Them Be Little," which sounds disarmingly close to "Let Them Belittle," as if it's an anthem for condescension -- which also makes it one of their strongest records. If Lonestar don't quite have the engaging personality to truly make them an heir to Alabama's throne, they at least are likeable and reliable, a good workingman's band, and they're at their best on Let's Be Us Again.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/04/2009
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886974870425
catalogNumber:
748704
Rank:
97226

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lonestar   Primary Artist
Matt Rollings   Piano
Eric Darken   Percussion
Mike Brignardello   Bass,Bass Guitar
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar
Paul Leim   Drums
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Jimmy Nichols   Piano,Strings,Keyboards
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Tim Akers   Keyboards
Dean Sams   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Michael Britt   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Richie McDonald   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Keech Rainwater   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Keith Horne   Bass
Dan Hochhalter   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Billy Dean   Composer
Jeff Balding   Engineer
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Dann Huff   Producer
Pat McMakin   Engineer
Frank J. Myers   Composer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Steve Robson   Composer
Chris Rowe   Digital Editing
Chris Waters   Composer
Lonestar   Producer
Brett James   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Jed Hackett   Engineer
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Dean Sams   Composer
Michael Britt   Composer
Mellissa Schleicher   grooming
Richie McDonald   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Maribeth Derry   Composer
Brady Barnett   Engineer
Robbie Cheuvront   Composer
Adam Ayan   Mastering
Astrid Herbold May   Art Direction
Don Pfrimmer   Composer

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