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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ambition got the better of Brad Paisley on 2013's Wheelhouse, coaxing him into the briar patch that was "Accidental Racist" -- an ill-conceived cross-cultural duet with LLCool J which generated a flurry of headlines that camouflaged how the album straight-up flopped on country radio. Wheelhouse was Paisley's first record since Play not to go gold, and even that is misleading because that 2008 effort was an instrumental album and those never sell in large numbers; subtract that from his stats and the 2013 record achieves the ignoble status of his first-ever album not to reach gold and, perhaps more importantly, his first not to generate a number one single. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ambition got the better of Brad Paisley on 2013's Wheelhouse, coaxing him into the briar patch that was "Accidental Racist" -- an ill-conceived cross-cultural duet with LLCool J which generated a flurry of headlines that camouflaged how the album straight-up flopped on country radio. Wheelhouse was Paisley's first record since Play not to go gold, and even that is misleading because that 2008 effort was an instrumental album and those never sell in large numbers; subtract that from his stats and the 2013 record achieves the ignoble status of his first-ever album not to reach gold and, perhaps more importantly, his first not to generate a number one single. Paisley slyly alludes to this slump, singing "I guess I've been in a dry spell, but that's about to change" on "Crushin' It," the opening track of his 2014 album Moonshine in the Trunk, a phrasing that suggests his dip in sales lasted longer than a year -- which, in a way, it has. His sales started decreasing around the time of the open-hearted, far-ranging American Saturday Night, so perhaps it's no surprise that he's attempting to turn back the clock on Moonshine in the Trunk, stripping back all his experimentations and declining every detour so he winds up with a record that could function as a de facto sequel to 2007's 5th Gear. Moonshine in the Trunk is all gleaming steel, hard edges, sleek rhythms, and power ballads, state-of-the-art modern country that doesn't dare make a big deal of any of Paisley's eccentricities outside of his squealing guitar. Restless guy that he is, Paisley doesn't quite abandon every one of his quirks: specifically, he plays around with rhythm, setting "Crushin' It" to a thumping disco beat, pushing "River Bank" along to a stuttering syncopation, and underscoring "Limes" to an electronic loop. These dance-friendly beats go down smoothly because the emphasis is on the twang of the Telecaster and Paisley's drawl, signatures as prominent as his sense of humor which also surfaces on Moonshine in the Trunk -- quite genially on "Going Green," a wry tale of a redneck choosing to sacrifice for the sake of the environment, and quite nastily on "High Life," where a bunch of white trash sue their way toward millions. No matter how much he rhapsodizes about the logos across the caps in this great "Country Nation," these two novelties suggest where Paisley's sympathies lie: he's too smart, too worldly to pander to his base, so he'll take sly jabs and disguise his wide-eyed futurism within the nostalgia of "American Flag on the Moon." Most of all, he's savvy enough to know when to play it safe, which he does throughout Moonshine in the Trunk, turning out high-octane, highly enjoyable songs about trucks, water, speed, and making out with girls who don't realize they're beautiful enough to be a model. This is, for want of a better word, his wheelhouse, and while he may not be leaving his comfort zone here, Moonshine in the Trunk proves his strengths remain mighty potent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2014
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 888430552821
  • Catalog Number: 305528
  • Sales rank: 1,878

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crushin' It (3:40)
  2. 2 River Bank (3:00)
  3. 3 Perfect Storm (3:55)
  4. 4 High Life (3:44)
  5. 5 Moonshine In the Trunk (3:59)
  6. 6 Shattered Glass (3:45)
  7. 7 Limes (3:56)
  8. 8 You Shouldn't Have To (3:54)
  9. 9 4wp (3:27)
  10. 10 Cover Girl (3:11)
  11. 11 Gone Green (3:16)
  12. 12 JFK 1962 (0:54)
  13. 13 American Flag On the Moon (3:47)
  14. 14 Country Nation (3:48)
  15. 15 Me and Jesus (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brad Paisley Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Emmylou Harris Background Vocals
Carl Jackson Background Vocals
Gordon Mote Piano
Kendall Marcy Synthesizer, Banjo, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Clavier, fender rhodes, Hammond B3
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Luke Wooten Percussion, Background Vocals
Randle Currie Pedal Steel Guitar
Justin Williamson Fiddle, Mandolin, Violin, Cello
Ben Sesar Percussion, Drums
Gary Hooker Electric Guitar
Carrie Underwood Background Vocals
Jasper Paisley Harmonica
Kenny Lewis Electric Bass, Background Vocals, Acoustic Bass
Brent Anderson Background Vocals
Mrs. King's Class At Montessori Academy Children's Chorus
Technical Credits
Tom T. Hall Composer
Tim Owens Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Brian David Willis Digital Editing
Kendall Marcy Engineer, Digital Editing
Kelley Lovelace Composer
Brad Paisley Composer, Programming, Producer, Tic Tac
Luke Wooten Producer, Engineer
Gary Hooker Tic Tac
Lee Thomas Miller Composer
Kyle Manner Engineer, Digital Editing
Chris Dubois Composer
Kenny Lewis Composer
Brent Anderson Composer
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    Posted August 26, 2014

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