Pain to Kill

Pain to Kill

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by Terri Clark
     
 

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Pain to Kill is Terri Clark's pop-country release after the artistic triumph -- yet commercial failure -- of Fearless. There are many things on Pain to Kill that are different. For one, like Fearless, this is the work of a mature, fully realized artist. She's well aware of her strengths and uses them to her advantage in every song on theSee more details below

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Pain to Kill is Terri Clark's pop-country release after the artistic triumph -- yet commercial failure -- of Fearless. There are many things on Pain to Kill that are different. For one, like Fearless, this is the work of a mature, fully realized artist. She's well aware of her strengths and uses them to her advantage in every song on the set. Secondly, veteran producer Keith Stegall worked on only half this record -- the latter half. Byron Gallimore produced the first half, including the first single, "I Just Wanna Be Mad." Thirdly, none of Clark's songwriting contributions to the project appear until the second half of the record. One has to ask why. Clark is a fine songwriter, either alone or in collaboration with others. Gallimore likes country music, he likes lots of guitars (layers and layers of them), and he likes very slick production styles. His drum loops and compression on the guitars squeeze everything so tight that Clark's voice is so far out front she no longer feels as if she's part of the musical accompaniment. It's not bad; it's just very different, jarring even for someone who's been listening to her records for a while. "I Just Wanna Be Mad" was an obvious choice to open the record with a grab-you hook and tough-woman stance. But this is a tough woman who believes in standing by her man even though she's pissed. The title track is a rock & roll prime mover with Skynyrd-styled slide guitar, with about a million fiddles sawing through the mix. Clark growls her way through the lyric like she's in Black Oak Arkansas -- yes, that is a compliment. The Stegall half of the record begins with a Clark and Gary Burr ballad, with a lilting piano, shimmering acoustic, and glistening pedal steel carrying the message about those who love self-destructive people. It's devastatingly real and there's no false solemnity in the body of the tune. "Almost Gone," written with Stephony Smith and Lisa Scott, is an exhortation -- prodded by rows of acoustic guitars and a B-3 -- for a man to get his act together because the woman is on her way. The disc closes with "God and Me," written by Clark and Carol Ann Brown. Once again, here is self-determination, as well as absolute and relative truth, all considered on Sunday morning while watching preachers on television. It's simple affirmation and acknowledgment. Stegall surrounds Clark's vocal with Brent Mason playing Mark Knopfler-styled electric guitar, mandolins, acoustic guitars, and rim shots on top of floor toms. The effect is inspirational without being dogmatic -- easy, light, and free with a beautiful coda. As a new chapter in the catalog of an artist who will be with listeners for a long time, it's a fine one.

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Entertainment Weekly - Chris Willman
Pain is full of emotionally resonant reflections on the single life. (B+)

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/2003
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0008817032542
catalogNumber:
170325

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Performance Credits

Terri Clark   Primary Artist
Gary Prim   Piano
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Mark Casstevens   Banjo
J.T. Corenflos   Rhythm Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
John Hughey   Steel Guitar
B. James Lowry   Electric Guitar
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Keith Stegall   Harmonica
Bruce Watkins   Banjo
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Leslie Satcher   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Hillary Lindsey   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Matraca Berg   Composer
Gary Burr   Composer
Steve Bogard   Composer
Terri Clark   Composer
Dennis Davis   Engineer
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Rick Giles   Composer
Connie Harrington   Composer
John Kelton   Engineer
Julian King   Engineer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Lisa Scott   Composer
Randy Scruggs   Composer
Stephony Smith   Composer
Keith Stegall   Producer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Jim Kemp   Art Direction
Rory Lee   Composer
Pat Bunch   Composer
Kelley Lovelace   Composer
Sunny Russ   Composer
Deanna Bryant   Composer
Erik Lutkins   Engineer
Dave Berg   Composer
Cory Churko   Digital Editing
Georgia Middleman   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Carol Ann Brown   Composer
Lee Thomas Miller   Composer
David Bryant   Engineer
Julie Adkison   Composer
Hank Williams   Mastering
Gilles Godard   Composer
Jason Lefan   Engineer

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