Place in the Sun

Place in the Sun

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by Tim McGraw
     
 

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Tim McGraw in a New York City subway? Don't let the album art fool you -- A PLACE IN THE SUN stays firmly rooted in the country. But Louisiana native McGraw's urban sabbatical shows in the tough new edge and rock 'n' roll thrust of his music. Bottom line, as city folk would say, this is glittering new country, radio-friendly, and hit-bound many times over. McGraw… See more details below

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Tim McGraw in a New York City subway? Don't let the album art fool you -- A PLACE IN THE SUN stays firmly rooted in the country. But Louisiana native McGraw's urban sabbatical shows in the tough new edge and rock 'n' roll thrust of his music. Bottom line, as city folk would say, this is glittering new country, radio-friendly, and hit-bound many times over. McGraw digs into the songs of heartbreak and devotion to loved ones with winning commitment, and his supporting musicians match his intensity. Count on Tug McGraw's boy to cover all the bases: "She'll Have You Back" gives the package its killer, tear-stained drinking song, and the razor-edged guitars of "Seventeen" drive home a story of wanton teen lust. This long-player won't just keep up McGraw's phenomenal platinum streak -- expect the crisply executed crossover moves to expand his audience.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Everywhere may have continued Tim McGraw's streak of hit albums, but it also suggested that he was falling into a bit of a rut. That doesn't seem to have bothered McGraw, since Everywhere's sequel, A Place in the Sun, is much like its predecessor in its balance of polished ballads, country-pop and uptempo ravers, which are supposed to sound like honky-tonk but are closer to country-rock. Since he's a professional and works with professionals, A Place in the Sun sounds good and has a number of highlights, from ballads like "My Best Friend" and the Patty Loveless duet "Please Remember Me" to harder numbers like "Something Like That," "My Next Thirty Years" and "She'll Have You Back." The problem is, there's nothing new here -- not only is the music in the same vein as his previous efforts, it has nearly the same ratio of hits to misses. Since the moments that do work are very good, and since it is a stronger overall record than its predecessor, it will be worthwhile for fans, but it doesn't help erase the impression that McGraw won't deliver a truly satisfying album until a greatest-hits compilation comes along.

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Release Date:
05/04/1999
Label:
Curb Records
UPC:
0715187794221
catalogNumber:
77942
Rank:
30785

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