Set This Circus Down

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Barnes & Noble - Tami Johansson
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tami Johansson
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.
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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2001
  • Label: Curb Records
  • UPC: 715187871120
  • Catalog Number: 78711
  • Sales rank: 25,750

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Cowboy in Me (4:04)
  2. 2 Telluride (3:49)
  3. 3 You Get Used to Somebody (3:58)
  4. 4 Unbroken (4:00)
  5. 5 Things Change (3:20)
  6. 6 Angel Boy (5:11)
  7. 7 Forget About Us (4:09)
  8. 8 Take Me Away from Here (4:35)
  9. 9 Smillin' (3:00)
  10. 10 Set This Circus Down (3:31)
  11. 11 Angry All the Time (4:30)
  12. 12 Let Me Love You (4:31)
  13. 13 Grown Men Don't Cry (3:56)
  14. 14 Why We Said Goodbye (3:44)
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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, 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
The 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
Al 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
Doug Sax Mastering
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
Robert Hadley Mastering
Greg Call Cover Illustration
Missi Gallimore Song Assistants
Clint Brown Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love evrey darn song. How did he do it. I am listning to Grown Men Dont Cry. BUY TODAY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite CD!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tim McGraw justs gets better all the time..

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An awesome Cd everyone should buy it!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    McGraw's best yet

    This CD talks to my soul. I never get tired of listening to the diverse, intense, heart-felt songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS IS ONE OF HIS BEST

    THIS CD IS GREAT, AND IT HAS ALOT OF HIS HEART IN IT...HE AND FAITH ARE THE REASON I LISTEN TO COUNTRY MUSIC, BECAUSE THEY PUT THEIR HEART AND SOUL INTO THEIR MUSIC...ITS NOT JUST WORDS... THIER LOVE IIS A BEAUTIFUL THING....SO IS TIM WOO-HOO

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He is Awesome!!!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tim Is Awesome!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heart and Soul

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    hear the music or listen....

    #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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE IT

    This is one of his best. I have all of Mr. McGraw's c/ds and this is by far my fav.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Go Buy It!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This album is just good music and Lyrics by The Man

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tim McGraw Releases Another WINNER!!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You Can Feel It In Your Soul....

    ''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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2009

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