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Set This Circus Down

Set This Circus Down

4.9 16
by Tim McGraw
You don't have to get too far into "The Cowboy in Me," the first cut on Tim McGraw's Set This Circus Down, to realize the country superstar is bringing unusual intensity to this outing. Subsequent cuts don't disappoint -- by the middle of the white-hot love song "You Get Used to Somebody," McGraw is singing with uncommon ferocity, while behind him strings


You don't have to get too far into "The Cowboy in Me," the first cut on Tim McGraw's Set This Circus Down, to realize the country superstar is bringing unusual intensity to this outing. Subsequent cuts don't disappoint -- by the middle of the white-hot love song "You Get Used to Somebody," McGraw is singing with uncommon ferocity, while behind him strings gently swell and a guitar wails and weeps in dramatic counterpoint to the impassioned vocal. But McGraw is even more convincing when he ratchets down the macho a tad. The stately "Forget About Us" is effective precisely because of McGraw's low-key determination to move on at the end of the affair instead of pursuing a lost cause. Similarly, the heartfelt pleading on the light Latin-groove of "Let Me Love You" is gripping because of what's held back. Good songs and powerful but measured performances add up to another winner. In other words, it's business as usual around the McGraw household.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Tim McGraw's first studio album on Curb Records after the multi-platinum success of A Place in the Sun delivers a more diverse selection in its 14 tunes with longtime producers Byron Gallimore and James Stroud. From the energetic honky tonk sound of "Forget About Us," to the upbeat tempo of "Telluride" to the Latin-laced "Let Me Love You," McGraw masterfully and consistently flows from one sound style to the next. Yet his familiar country-pop sound remains evident throughout, especially on the title track, a song about a fast-paced couple yearning to kick back and relax in the country (no one said the themes would be original). Sung with such confidence, one might believe it's a self-imposed goal set by McGraw. Just as convincing are the heartfelt ballads of "The Cowboy in Me" and "You Get Used to Somebody,"and "Angel Boy." McGraw's wife, Faith Hill, contributes subtle harmonic vocals on the emotionally compelling "Angry All the Time," written by maverick Americana outsider Bruce Robison. It portrays a relationship gone sour; a tune that was added to the set list no doubt to digress from his usual slate of love songs. Although the sentimental "Grown Men Don't Cry," written by Steve Seskin and Tommy Douglas, was the first official release from the album, McGraw's uplifting performance of "Things Change" at the Country Music Awards mysteriously found its way onto Napster first. Subsequently, the album track hit the country radio airwaves, where it received not only air play, but enthusiastic response form listeners and helped to push the sales of the album even higher. McGraw's aggressive approach to Set This Circus Down makes it one of his finest efforts. ~ Deborah Wong & Thom Jurek
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
From the eclectic songs he and his coproducers have chosen to the simple fact that his face doesn't appear on the cover for the first time, Set This Circus Down presents itself as an Important Statement, McGraw's career-defining work.

Product Details

Release Date:
Curb Records


  1. The Cowboy in Me
  2. Telluride
  3. You Get Used to Somebody
  4. Unbroken
  5. Things Change
  6. Angel Boy
  7. Forget About Us
  8. Take Me Away from Here
  9. Smillin'
  10. Set This Circus Down
  11. Angry All the Time
  12. Let Me Love You
  13. Grown Men Don't Cry
  14. Why We Said Goodbye

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim McGraw   Primary Artist,Vocals
Curtis Wright   Background Vocals
Faith Hill   Background Vocals
Larry Byrom   Acoustic Guitar
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Byron Gallimore   Guitar (Baritone)
Carl Gorodetzky   Conductor
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
B. James Lowry   Electric Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Rob Mathes   Conductor
Val McCallum   Electric Guitar
Gene Miller   Background Vocals
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Michael Omartian   Conductor
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Jeff Babko   Keyboards
Michael J. Henderson   Guitar (Electric Baritone)

Technical Credits

Jeff Stevens   Composer
Anderson   Composer
Tim McGraw   Producer,Liner Notes,Concept,Direction
Steve Bogard   Composer
Dennis Davis   Engineer
Byron Gallimore   Producer,Song Assistants
Carl Gorodetzky   String Conductor
Julian King   Engineer
Randy LeRoy   Engineer
Russ Martin   Engineer
Rob Mathes   Arranger
Michael Omartian   Arranger,String Arrangements
John Paterno   Engineer
Bruce Robinson   Composer
James Stroud   Producer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Jed Hackett   Engineer
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Ricky Cobble   Engineer
Ronnie Rivera   Engineer
Jeff Burns   Engineer
Erik Lutkins   Engineer
Michelle Metzger   Song Assistants
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction,Illustrations,Digital Illustration
Samie Barela   Engineer
Greg Call   Cover Illustration
Missi Gallimore   Song Assistants
Clint Brown   Engineer

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4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD talks to my soul. I never get tired of listening to the diverse, intense, heart-felt songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Set This Circus Down'' is the seventh album released by country star Tim McGraw. Following the release of his Greatest Hits collection in November of 2000, and a wait of nearly 2 years since his last studio album, this disc gives music fans a treat with 14 new cuts from Tim. As on his past albums, Tim is not scared to try new things, backed up by the track ''Things Change''. The song explores the fact that everything, including music is always changing. At the same time, this album provides more of what his fans have come to expect from Mr. McGraw; great songs and the emotions that Tim packs into each and every one of his songs makes it easy for listeners to relate. There are many stand out tracks on this album. ''Let Me Love You'', ''Telluride'', ''You Get Used To Somebody'', ''Why We Said Goodbye'' and the current single ''Grown Men Don't Cry'' are sure to become fan favorites. Wife Faith Hill provides harmonies on the track ''Angry All The Time'', a song which had everyone raving after the couples Soul2Soul Tour (along with 'Let Me Love You'). If you are a McGraw fan, a country music fan, or a music fan in general, I recommend giving this album a listen. It explores many different songs and many different music styles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a ¿Tim McGraw Fanatic¿ for several years and patiently waited for the release of his latest CD, Set This Circus Down, and AM NOT DISAPPOINTED!! The songs are incredible and I have yet to find a track that doesn¿t excite me about the possibility of an upcoming tour! The music is exciting, fresh, and something you can listen to over and over again without ever getting bored! Way to go Tim!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, someone with enough courage to remind all of us, some may have forgotten, that some of the greatest singers revered in music today had to endure cruelty because they dared to be original. Bless you Tim McGraw
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this album at K-Mart on sale for $9.00. The only song I wanted was 'Grown Men Don't Cry'. What I found was that the entire album is packed with great tracks. I love 'Telluride' and 'Angry All the Time'. Though inferior to his previous album (A Place In the Sun) it is an awesome cd. Don't go without it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a awsome CD!! Go and buy it and you won't be disappointed...''Let Me Love You'' is going to be a hit...along with a lot more on this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Set This Circus Down is Tim's best album. I love every song and recommend this CD to anyone. This CD lifts me up when I'm having a bad day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Tim Mcgraw is an awesome artist and I love him music. My favorite song on the cd is ''set this Circus down'' and ''Angry all the Time'' he really does have what every fan is looking for in a artist. He has good lyrics and sings them with entheusiasm and feeling. I think anyone country music fan would love this cd. Even though I don't have any of his other cds that he has made, im sure they are pretty great just like ''Set this circus down'' He has an extrodanry voice and this is the prefect cd to get a taste of what Tim mcgraw has.
Guest More than 1 year ago
#11 angry all the time, it's more than just a song to me, it's my life and it just amazing in how the song writter and the singer is in my mind and heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album will be the crossover breakout Tim appears to be after. ''Let Me Love You'' should hit the pop charts soon. Overall, another great heart-felt album. Tim Rules
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all his CD's and each one gets better and this one is by far the best!!!!! It is a great combination of a country and classic rock sounds..It captures your heart and soul!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love evrey darn song. How did he do it. I am listning to Grown Men Dont Cry. BUY TODAY.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of his best. I have all of Mr. McGraw's c/ds and this is by far my fav.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim nevers dissapoints, With this latest release he still has the magic of tapping into the best songwriters the industry has to offer. All the songs are pure gold. If you have to buy only one album this year, make it 'Set this Circus Down' by Tim McGraw.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago