Sweeter

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Sweeter, Gavin DeGraw's fourth album, proves anything, it's that producer Ryan Tedder has some warmth buried somewhere within his icy soul. Tedder doesn't produce all of Sweeter -- Butch Walker, Eric Ivan Rosse, Andrew Frampton, and Ron Aniello are also on board -- but he does co-write two cuts here, as does Frampton, marking the first time DeGraw has collaborated with another writer. It's not much, just four songs out of ten, but it's enough to expand and freshen his bearded blue-eyed soul, making it feel not quite so studiously stodgy. DeGraw still has a habit of packing too many words into his phrases and then singing them too strenuously, and his sparser ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Sweeter, Gavin DeGraw's fourth album, proves anything, it's that producer Ryan Tedder has some warmth buried somewhere within his icy soul. Tedder doesn't produce all of Sweeter -- Butch Walker, Eric Ivan Rosse, Andrew Frampton, and Ron Aniello are also on board -- but he does co-write two cuts here, as does Frampton, marking the first time DeGraw has collaborated with another writer. It's not much, just four songs out of ten, but it's enough to expand and freshen his bearded blue-eyed soul, making it feel not quite so studiously stodgy. DeGraw still has a habit of packing too many words into his phrases and then singing them too strenuously, and his sparser moments can seem skeletal, but these collaborators add colors to a formula that was beginning to get bleached out. DeGraw could stand to be livelier and not as insistent -- he never misses an opportunity to underscore his point and has a tendency to succumb to gratingly silly novelties, as on "Candy" -- but Sweeter benefits from greater textures in his surroundings, stronger hooks in the melodies, and, for once, a sensibility that doesn't sacrifice the present for the sake of paying respect to the past.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2011
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886975608324
  • Catalog Number: 756083
  • Sales rank: 31,495

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweeter (3:43)
  2. 2 Not Over You (3:38)
  3. 3 Run Every Time (3:06)
  4. 4 Soldier (3:31)
  5. 5 Candy (4:38)
  6. 6 You Know Where I'm At (3:21)
  7. 7 Stealing (4:17)
  8. 8 Radiation (4:17)
  9. 9 Where You Are (4:21)
  10. 10 Spell It Out (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gavin DeGraw Primary Artist, Piano, Background Vocals, Wurlitzer
Ron Aniello Guitar
Paul Bushnell Bass
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Eric Ivan Rosse Keyboards
Butch Walker Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Bruce Watson Guitar
Stacy Jones Drums
Chris Chaney Bass
Noel Zancanella Keyboards
Ryan Tedder Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Fran Capitanelli Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Aaron Sterling Drums
Chris Unck Background Vocals
Dan Chase Keyboards
Jake Sinclair Bass, Background Vocals
Jerrod Bettis Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
Ron Aniello Producer, Engineer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
David Hall Engineer
Clif Norrell Engineer
Eric Ivan Rosse Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Butch Walker Programming, Producer
Howard Willing Bass Engineer, Drum Engineering, Piano Engineer
Sergio Chavez Engineer
Noel Zancanella Programming, Producer
Andrew Frampton Composer, Producer
Michelle Holme Art Direction
Gavin DeGraw Composer
Ryan Tedder Composer, Programming, Producer
Eddie Jackson Engineer
Dan Chase Programming
Jake Sinclair Engineer
Smith Carlson Engineer
Chris Reynolds Engineer, Digital Editing
Jerrod Bettis Producer
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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    Great Album, Love the Sound :)

    Every song on this CD is a warrants applause. The musical ballads flow easily and I find myself listening over and over again. I have always loved Gavin's emotionally charged, romantic and sensitive lyrics.... this album does not disappoint! I find the sound on this album a bit more stylized than his preceding albums. I am a fan of singer/songwriters such as Maroon 5, One Republic, Lifehouse, John Mayer, & most definitely Gavin DeGraw.
    Give this album a listen.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    a beauty of an album

    this album is definitely one that will make you smile. Perfect music to play during an early morning run or shower... it'll definitely get you in a great mood! Sounds a bit like OneRepublic mixed with Train and some hints of Michael Buble tossed in - a beautiful mix. do yourself a favor and put this CD on next time you wake up, and get ready to have a great day! :)

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