The Broken Record

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After half a dozen self-released albums, Georgia singer/songwriter Corey Smith moves up to independent label Average Joe's and re-introduces himself on The Broken Record, a virtual now-and-then best-of on which he mixes new compositions with new recordings of some of his older songs. Emerging in the early 2000s, Smith never considered going to Nashville to seek his fortune; he simply started booking himself and selling his music online, maintaining his day job as a high-school teacher until he made music pay. Such a D.I.Y. approach makes for considerable freedom, of course, but that can be a double-edged sword. (And it's not as though nobody was telling him what to do....
See more details below
CD
$14.14
BN.com price
(Save 11%)$15.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $13.85   
  • New (2) from $13.85   
  • Used (1) from $0.00   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After half a dozen self-released albums, Georgia singer/songwriter Corey Smith moves up to independent label Average Joe's and re-introduces himself on The Broken Record, a virtual now-and-then best-of on which he mixes new compositions with new recordings of some of his older songs. Emerging in the early 2000s, Smith never considered going to Nashville to seek his fortune; he simply started booking himself and selling his music online, maintaining his day job as a high-school teacher until he made music pay. Such a D.I.Y. approach makes for considerable freedom, of course, but that can be a double-edged sword. (And it's not as though nobody was telling him what to do. The brief interlude "Hey Corey" consists of dozens of overlapping voices saying, "Hey, Corey, you know what this record needs?") Had he been subject to the guidance of a big record label, Smith might have been warned against recording "I Love Everyone," which he may consider ecumenical, though it really comes off as condescendingly tolerant, as a redneck son of the South proclaims, "I love black people" before adding "brown people," gays, and atheists, among others he denies being prejudiced against. (Average Joe's, home of such provocative artists as Colt Ford, no doubt had no problem including the track.) Much of the time, Smith celebrates the redneck life from another point of view, looking back nostalgically at a drunken youth in such songs as "If I Could Do It Again" and "Twenty-One." Those tunes might be just a bit too sodden to be country hits (which is saying something), but it's easy to imagine some country star going to radio with "Maybe Next Year," another paean to hedonism in which the singer says he might reform, about 365 days from now. Smith has a good country tenor, and he sets his songs to attractive country-folk arrangements. It's easy to tell why his concert schedule is filled, and The Broken Record is likely to take his career to another level.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2011
  • Label: Average Joe's Ent.
  • UPC: 661869002279
  • Catalog Number: 227
  • Sales rank: 45,013

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:30)
  2. 2 If I Could Do It Again (3:32)
  3. 3 Carolina (3:09)
  4. 4 I Love Everyone (3:48)
  5. 5 No Way (Out with a Smile) (3:34)
  6. 6 Heart Attack (3:56)
  7. 7 Hey Corey (0:34)
  8. 8 Broken Record (3:44)
  9. 9 Maybe Next Year (3:33)
  10. 10 Backroad (3:25)
  11. 11 Roots (0:24)
  12. 12 New Day (3:43)
  13. 13 Sugar Daddy (3:00)
  14. 14 Twenty-one (3:29)
  15. 15 Something to Lose (3:20)
  16. 16 Down to Earth (3:44)
  17. 17 Silly (3:33)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Corey Smith Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Rob Henson Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Lee Davis Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Mark Van Allen Pedal Steel Guitar
Mike Hines Electric Guitar
Ty Reynolds Electric Guitar
Marcus Petruska Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Rick Beato Producer
Richard Dodd Mastering
Corey Smith Composer, Producer
Ken 'Grand' Lanyon Engineer
Laboris Louden Art Direction, Layout
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously