Provoked

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Provoked, the title of Sunny Sweeney's third album, is an apt one. After nearly a decade of highs and lows professionally and personally, the East Texas singer and songwriter returns with ferocity. The album, crowd-funded through a Kickstarter campaign, was released by the independent Thirty Tigers. It's a provocative album, detailing a difficult journey through disappointment, doubt, darkness, and ultimately triumph. It's chock-full of vulnerability, accountability, an acidic wit and strength. Sweeney co-wrote 11 of the 13 songs on the Luke Wooten-produced set. Both the opener, "You Don't Know Your Husband," and its lead single, the rocking, radio-friendly "Bad Girl Phase,"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Provoked, the title of Sunny Sweeney's third album, is an apt one. After nearly a decade of highs and lows professionally and personally, the East Texas singer and songwriter returns with ferocity. The album, crowd-funded through a Kickstarter campaign, was released by the independent Thirty Tigers. It's a provocative album, detailing a difficult journey through disappointment, doubt, darkness, and ultimately triumph. It's chock-full of vulnerability, accountability, an acidic wit and strength. Sweeney co-wrote 11 of the 13 songs on the Luke Wooten-produced set. Both the opener, "You Don't Know Your Husband," and its lead single, the rocking, radio-friendly "Bad Girl Phase," swagger and strut with clattering rhythms and guitars and banjos blazing -- the former with a tough dobro break by Jake Clayton. The attitude in those tracks recalls the anthemic, no-apologies militancy of Gretchen Wilson at her best. Nearly full use is made of studio tropes that befit contemporary country's current soundscape, save for Auto-Tune. The sassy choogler "Can't Let Go" underscores Sweeney's ability to honestly observe and report on things exactly as they are. This also true in the midtempo songs and ballads. The longing in the shimmering country waltz "Find Me" is a highlight, as is "My Bed," a duet with Will Hoge that details both viewpoints at the end of a marriage. "Uninvited" marries gospel and pop as Sweeney's East Texas vocal comes through the center. The sassy closer "Everybody Else Can Kiss My Ass" is hard, classic honky tonk, with pedal steel and fiddle raging. The musical range and candid nature of these well-crafted songs serve to make Provoked the most consistent -- and diverse -- of Sweeney's offerings. Honest, poignant, and often funny, this is contemporary country with real heart. It should not only appeal to fans, but to a wider audience to boot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2014
  • Label: Aunt Daddy Records
  • UPC: 748252905208
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 19,867

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Don't Know Your Husband (3:03)
  2. 2 Bad Girl Phase (3:22)
  3. 3 Second Guessing (4:30)
  4. 4 Carolina On the Line (4:05)
  5. 5 Find Me (4:15)
  6. 6 Can't Let Go (3:02)
  7. 7 Front Row Seats (3:32)
  8. 8 My Bed (3:24)
  9. 9 Uninvited (3:42)
  10. 10 Sunday Dress (4:17)
  11. 11 Used Cars (3:58)
  12. 12 Backhanded Compliment (3:33)
  13. 13 Everybody Else Can Kiss My Ass (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sunny Sweeney Primary Artist
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Alison Prestwood Bass
Mike Rojas Organ, Accordion, Keyboards
Brian Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Gayle Mayes Background Vocals
Gibb Droll Electric Guitar
Fred Eltringham Percussion, Drums
Luke Wooten Electric Guitar, Kazoo, Background Vocals
Elizabeth Cook Children's Chorus
Steven Sheehan Acoustic Guitar
Joanna Janet Background Vocals
Hannah Smith Children's Chorus
Angie Primm Background Vocals
Jake Clayton Banjo, Dobro, Fiddle, Cello
Mike Johnson Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Molly Bacurin Children's Chorus
Michael Hellmer Children's Chorus
Isabelle Adams Children's Chorus
Gwen Merrill Children's Chorus
Emma Wooten Children's Chorus
Technical Credits
Brett Beavers Composer
Connie Harrington Composer
Natalie Hemby Composer
Mark D. Sanders Composer
Randy Weeks Composer
Monty Holmes Composer
Luke Wooten Producer, Engineer
Brad Warren Composer
Brett Warren Composer
Buddy Owens Composer
Lance Miller Composer
Shannon Wright Composer
Shauna Dodds Art Direction
Ashley Monroe Composer
Sunny Sweeney Composer
Kyle Manner Digital Editing
Hank Williams Mastering
Jay Clementi Composer
Brandy Clark Composer
Sarah Dodds Art Direction
Angaleena Presley Composer
Jesse Jo Dillon Composer
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