Redemption

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
With Redemption, contemporary country singer/songwriter (and former American Idol contestant) Josh Gracin goes further than most when it comes to breaking the content barrier: the album contains a whopping 17 tracks. Gracin wrote or co-wrote all but one song here. He co-produced the record with his drummer, Kevin Murphy, and used his road band in the studio. This proves problematic in the end. Gracin kicks things off with a hard-rocking wall of highly compressed metallic guitars -- and the requisite banjo -- on "Different Kind of Crazy." Its lyrics are disturbing for their dangerpously unconscious misogyny. The protagonist accuses/brags on his "left-of-center baby" to the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
With Redemption, contemporary country singer/songwriter (and former American Idol contestant) Josh Gracin goes further than most when it comes to breaking the content barrier: the album contains a whopping 17 tracks. Gracin wrote or co-wrote all but one song here. He co-produced the record with his drummer, Kevin Murphy, and used his road band in the studio. This proves problematic in the end. Gracin kicks things off with a hard-rocking wall of highly compressed metallic guitars -- and the requisite banjo -- on "Different Kind of Crazy." Its lyrics are disturbing for their dangerpously unconscious misogyny. The protagonist accuses/brags on his "left-of-center baby" to the listener by saying: "There ain't nothing you haven't done, she ain't tried" and "I know that ain't the way my mama raised me." Alas, the madonna/whore complex is alive and well, tied inexorably to conservative ("right") political and religious stances -- apparently Gracin's "hero" was seduced by these charms (and his rebellion toward his mama?) and has no choice but to love her. The real question becomes as to whether she's his baby as he claims or he's hers? Musically, the rest of this -- and there's a lot -- is familiar contemporary country fare. The single "Long Way to Go" is a good choice; it's a love song with a shimmering B-3, acoustic guitars, Dobros, and big-sounding drums, with a chorus meant to grab listeners and not let go -- this track also gets a remix geared at the honky tonk's dancefloor. "Only When It Rains" is a duet with fellow Michigan native Shelagh Brown, who won the right to sing with Gracin via a competition (perhaps he knows how Simon Cowell feels after all), and is easily one of the best tunes here, an open, aching, honest love song. "Catastrophe" is a another rock & roller, and cops the riff from Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" in its verses. The power ballads, such as "Enough," with its baroque strings, work very well, as does "Let You Go," which pits stinging electric guitars against them. The bluesy "I Want to Make You Cry" has an R&B tinge that could potentially cross over. Lyrics aside, there isn't much wrong with Gracin's formula; though at over an hour in length, it could have been much shorter and tighter. Ultimately, Gracin is betting a lot on Redemption; each self-penned song reaches for a certain niche in the contemporary country genre, trying to cover all the bases programmers desire. A more judicious, forceful co-producer would have tempered that overreaching impulse. While the album will delight his fans, whether this kitchen-sink approach results in garnering new ones is indeed a gamble.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2011
  • Label: Average Joe's Ent.
  • UPC: 661869002323
  • Catalog Number: 232
  • Sales rank: 139,039

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Different Kind of Crazy (3:35)
  2. 2 Over Me (4:21)
  3. 3 Get Back to Us (4:25)
  4. 4 Enough (4:16)
  5. 5 I Want to Make You Cry (4:21)
  6. 6 Let You Go (5:23)
  7. 7 Edge of Desire (5:09)
  8. 8 Lie to Me (3:09)
  9. 9 Love You Right (4:10)
  10. 10 Only When It Rains - Shelagh Brown (5:26)
  11. 11 My Life (3:07)
  12. 12 Cover Girl (3:17)
  13. 13 Catastrophe (5:22)
  14. 14 Can't Say Goodbye (Sears Heroes at Home Song) (4:05)
  15. 15 I Still Love You (3:56)
  16. 16 Long Way to Go (3:13)
  17. 17 Long Way to Go (3:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Josh Gracin Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Russ Pahl Pedal Steel Guitar, Doblajes
Jonathan Yudkin Banjo, Strings
Shane Kiester Keyboards
Seth Timbs Keyboards
Tom Bukovac Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ben Phillips Drums
Mark Hill Bass
Ilya Toshinsky Acoustic Guitar
Tony Lucido Bass
Keith Thomas Keyboards
Adam Shoenfeld Electric Guitar
Travis Toy Banjo, Pedal Steel Guitar
Ethan Pilser Bass
Jonathan Crone Acoustic Guitar
Claire Indie Cello
Kevin Murphy Percussion, Drums
Tripper Ryder Bass, Background Vocals
Will Doughty Keyboards
Rich Redmond Percussion
Mike Meadows Acoustic Guitar
Loren Ellis Acoustic Guitar
Devin Malone Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jeff Smith Background Vocals
Danny Rader Electric Guitar
Hubert Payne Drums
Holli Poole Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jonathan Yudkin String Arrangements
Shannon Houchins Executive Producer
John Mayer Composer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Shauna Producer
Ruben Studdard Composer
Josh Gracin Composer, Producer
Keith Thomas Programming, Producer, Remixing
Aaron Chmielewski Engineer
Jonathan Crone Engineer
Brad Tursi Composer
Kevin Murphy Composer, Producer
Loren Ellis Composer
Laboris Louden Art Direction, Layout
Shaun Balin Composer
Seana Arrechaga Composer
Andrew Parvin Management
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