Pain to Kill

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
Entertainment Weekly - Chris Willman
Pain is full of emotionally resonant reflections on the single life. (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2003
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 008817032542
  • Catalog Number: 170325

Album Credits

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    First album in 3 years--worth the wait...

    Pain to Kill is the album that not only made me a Terri Clark fan, but made me a country fan. Clark's amazing voice and ablility to pick songs that hit home will ingage the listener for hours. This is a CD you wont beable to take out of the CD player. From the fast to the slow, the happy, to the mad, to the just plain pissed off this CD has every emotion anyone could be feeling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD!

    I love this CD! It took me 2 days to memorize all the songs on the CD, I listened to it so much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Singer songwriter fan

    Great CD. Love her voice. No need to skip any bad songs. First CD I have of hers. Great job Terri.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic album

    Pain to Kill is just a terrific album. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves all music, not just country. Terri's voice plays to the full range of music she has chosen for this CD. From rockin country to the slow melodies, her voice is a real treat for the ears. Although some say it is a female empowering collection, men can relate to the "pain" she sings about. She is the only top solo female still singing country today. Nobody can say "aint" like she can and get away with it. It is an album I just can't seem to take off the CD player. This album will put Terri back on top, and at least four of the songs should hit number one status. She seems to have put it all together on this latest release. This has been just one man's opinion, and this one man just had to share it!

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