Live, Laugh, Love

Live, Laugh, Love

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by Clay Walker
     
 

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Living, laughing, loving -- on his latest, Clay Walker brings these mere words alive with the most sensitive and dynamic performances of his career. Working with new producer Doug Johnson, Walker sounds reenergized and refocused. He still celebrates connubial bliss and the shifting dynamics of evolving relationships, but this time, Walker digs deeper for some fresh

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Living, laughing, loving -- on his latest, Clay Walker brings these mere words alive with the most sensitive and dynamic performances of his career. Working with new producer Doug Johnson, Walker sounds reenergized and refocused. He still celebrates connubial bliss and the shifting dynamics of evolving relationships, but this time, Walker digs deeper for some fresh takes on familiar themes. And there are no wimps allowed - the Stones-ish thrust of the self-penned "Cold Hearted" provides the ideal soundscape for a tale of love flowering at a feverish pace. That stripped-down band feel adds ballast to the other up-tempo tunes; there's more to Walker's Texas dance hall roots than we thought. To balance out the mood, Walker scorches a power ballad, "Once In a Lifetime Love"; gets tender on "If a Man Ain't Thinking ('Bout His Woman)"; and articulates despair, conflict, and desire all at once in "Holding Her and Loving You," a finely wrought cheatin' song originally cut by Earl Thomas Conley. LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE has all the earmarks of another commercial triumph for Walker, one of the '90s bestselling country artists. But its intensity, intelligence, and commitment mark it as an artistic milestone to boot.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Clay Walker is a good journeyman singer. He has a strong voice, knows how to twist clichés to his advantage, and knows that straying too far from the clichés will lose his wide audience. In turn, that means that he's enjoyable, but a little predictable, which is an accurate assessment of Live, Laugh, Love, his fifth album. The album never really distinguishes itself from its predecessors. Like those records, it's a safe blend of pop ballads, mild rockers, and polished honky tonk, all delivered in Walker's twangy tenor. Even if the ballads occasionally touch on adult contemporary (witness "Once in a Lifetime Love"), it's considerably more country than, say, Tim McGraw, but the music doesn't show enough imagination and isn't organic enough to stand apart from the neo-traditionalist pack. That said, it's hardly bad -- the material may be uneven, but "She's Always Right" has a good sense of humor and "Lose Some Sleep Tonight" is quite good, while the title track is an amusing twist on Faron Young's "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young," a calypso-ish number that is designed for yuppies into hat music. Ultimately, Live, Laugh, Love drags a bit too much to rank among Walker's best, but it has its moments.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/1999
Label:
Giant Records / Wea
UPC:
0075992471725
catalogNumber:
24717

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Performance Credits

Clay Walker   Primary Artist
Wayne Toups   Accordion
Matt Rollings   Piano
Steve Gibson   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Joe Chemay   Bass Guitar
Eddie Bayers   Percussion,Drums
Eddie Boyers   Percussion,Drums
Joe Chamay   Bass Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest   Percussion
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
John Hobbs   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
David Hungate   Bass,Bass Guitar
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Joey Miskulin   Accordion
Tom Roady   Percussion
Brent Rowan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Downs Thompson   Fiddle
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Bill Watson   Acoustic Guitar
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Brent Rowen   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Leland Sklar   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Blue Miller   Background Vocals
Chris Young   Qanoun
Landon Taylor   Guitar
Van Rentz   Keyboards
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Scott Gibson   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
David Hungato   Bass Guitar
Tom Randy   Percussion
Curt Walsh   Bass Guitar
Mike Jones   Background Vocals
Harry Smith   Acoustic Guitar
Ken Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Tony Green   Engineer
Mark Lambert   Engineer
Ed Seay   Engineer
Clay Walker   Producer
Dean Jamison   Engineer,Recording Assistant
Jason Piske   Engineer
Shawn Simpson   Engineer
Dan Shike   Engineer
Doug Johnson   Producer,Engineer
Grant Greene   Engineer
Doug DeLong   Engineer
Bill Barnes   Arranger,Art Direction

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