Live, Laugh, Love

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992471749
  • Catalog Number: 24717

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clay Walker Primary Artist, 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, 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
Carlos Grier Digital Editing
Mark Lambert Engineer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Ed Seay Engineer
Clay Walker Producer
Dean Jamison Engineer, Recording Assistant
Jason Piske Engineer
Shawn Simpson Engineer
Dan Shike Engineer
Eric Conn Digital Editing
Doug Johnson Producer, Engineer
Grant Greene Engineer
Doug DeLong Engineer
Bill Barnes Arranger, Art Direction
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