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Place You're In

The Place You're In

2.4 9
by Kenny Wayne Shepherd
It's been the better part of five years since this onetime guitar prodigy last issued a studio album, so it's not altogether surprising that he'd be in a -- so to speak -- different place than he was when he left off. Even so, The Place I'm In represents a from-the-ground-up rethinking, the most significant element of which is Shepherd's decision to assume


It's been the better part of five years since this onetime guitar prodigy last issued a studio album, so it's not altogether surprising that he'd be in a -- so to speak -- different place than he was when he left off. Even so, The Place I'm In represents a from-the-ground-up rethinking, the most significant element of which is Shepherd's decision to assume vocal duties for the first time in his career. He's got an unexpectedly wizened voice for a guy in his 20s, which accounts for the likable gruffness of the loping, conversational "Hey What Do You Say" and the head-shaking weariness of "Get It Together," which stands as the disc's bluesiest cut. More than ever, Shepherd and his band are staking out traditional hard-rock territory, a decision that pays off nicely on "Alive," which puts a semi-grunge veneer on a Zeppelin-styled stomper, as well as on "Spank," a feisty little shuffle that finds him trading verses with Kid Rock. Yes, there's enough of Shepherd's trademark riffing to satiate diehards -- particularly on the incendiary, album-closing instrumental, "A Little Bit More" -- but he's clearly intent on proving he's got more than one trick up his sleeve. And for the time being, at least, those sleeves look to be packed with potential.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Five years separate Live On and its successor, The Place You're In, and the time allowed Kenny Wayne Shepherd to grow as both an artist and as an individual. He's not only writing the majority of his material, he's singing most of it as well. His guitar playing has become more nuanced, and he's moved squarely into the world of album rock from his blues-rock background. Even the cover and publicity photos reflect the difference, showing a darker, decidedly grown-up Kenny Wayne Shepherd. In addition, the producer/mixing team of Jerry Harrison and Tom Lord-Alge (who did both Live On and Trouble Is) has been replaced by Marti Frederiksen and Andy Wallace, who give the album a more muscular sound. This album is tailor-made for rock radio with its big guitar sounds and recycled classic rock riffs, and Shepherd sounds very comfortable in this setting. The lyrics are a bit weak in places, but most of the songs have solid hooks and fine guitar solos. There are some very nice touches throughout the album, like the backward guitar and restrained solo that appear on "Let Go" (which recalls some of Steve Winwood's work) or the gospel backing vocals and excellent outro of "Hey, What Do You Say." "Ain't Selling Out" is a bit of a misstep: a forceful chugging rocker over a monotonous hook, and the Kid Rock guest shot ("Spank") may sell an extra copy or two, but the song is pretty unremarkable. Overall, The Place You're In is a solid album that shows Shepherd continuing to grow as an artist, but whether he can develop a more personal voice remains to be seen.

Product Details

Release Date:
Reprise / Wea


  1. Alive
  2. Be Mine
  3. Spank
  4. Let Go
  5. Ain't Selling Out
  6. Believe
  7. The Place You're In
  8. Hey, What Do You Say
  9. Get It Together
  10. Burdens
  11. A Little Bit More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Wayne Shepherd   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kid Rock   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Cox   Piano,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Hammond B3
Marti Frederiksen   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Hammond B3
Mikal Reid   Guitar
Stephanie Spunill   Background Vocals
Brian Tichy   Drums
Pat Hodges   Background Vocals
Noah Hunt   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Kid Rock   Composer
Kenny Wayne Shepherd   Composer
Marti Frederiksen   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Mikal Reid   Composer
Noah Hunt   Composer
Jamie Houston   Composer
Brian Paturalski   Engineer

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The Place You're In 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by the mix in this recording. He mentioned at a concert in New Orleans that his next album was going to have a new sound, and he did do that! This only proves his talent reaches beyond his usual blues. Now he won't be stuck in one catagory, but appeal instead to a wider audience. Great job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with Kws on the first several albums with the blues influence and the quality of the songs, the producing and the singing. I bought this one without a second thought and have tried hard to listen to it. Don't get me wrong I love rock but if the songs aren't wonderful they got lost today. I think this will happen to this album and kenny if the blues aren't brought back to the music as well as the feeling and emotion of his music. Kenny slow down. I know you got the gen lee and all but stick with you're bread and butter and try and make it as a blues singer/guitar god and I think it would have been a better album. I still love ya, Kenai-bo in alaska
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I saw this CD at the local music store, I picked it up without much thought - the new KWS CD, I mean how could I go wrong!? Well, after listening to it once or twice, it is now sitting around and collecting dust. Kenny's obviously trying a different style of music, and although that's cool, I think the songs lack a certain quality. His guitar playing itself is amazing as it always has been, but the songs themselves don't show a skill in writing. The solos will be wonderful, but the rest of the CD is kind of basic chord, even pop-ish stuff. I'm very disappointed. Hopefully, the next CD will be somewhat better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this album was great KWS has a very good voice.I didn't really care for the song "spank". Personally i don't think it belonged on KWS album maybe it would have been better on Kid Rock's album.So what if KWS is going into more of a rock sound he's progressing in his sound and caree.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admired the first two albums, was bored with the third, and am really bored with this one. KWS does not have a great deal of vocal range so he needs to make up for it with soul, Chris Robinson (Black Crowes) is a good example of such a singer. The songs on this record are just slick, overproduced pop-rocks. In addition, he is not a terribly talented songwriter. Really, he should just be a guitarist in a BAND that does not orbit around him and collaborate--then we may really have something.
Guest More than 1 year ago
KWS has a decent voice and it's admirable for him to try lead vocal duties on this album. However, he sounds alot like Lenny Kravitz on some of the tunes. The song "Be Mine"; for example, would be right at home on a Kravitz album. "Hey What Do You Say" also has Kravitz influences with a "Freebird" style ending. In my opinion there is nothing on this new album that stands out and makes me say "Wow" like some of the material on his previous releases. Change is good in some cases but this isn't one of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I waited 5 years for this? Kenny seems to have completely forgotten any blues he used to know. Yes, it's nice to hear him singing lead but the CD is a dissapointment. I'm ashamed to admit that I wasted 18 dollars on it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
you should of kept Noah Hunt in he was the best singer I have ever heard and his voice went perfect with your fender, I only liked two songs Believe because it had Noah singing and hey, what do you say? because it sound pretty good, what ever happened to your change every time you made an album this one is horrible you should of either kept things the same or used new stuff
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why people want to pigeon-hole Kenny and Jonny Lang into just playing blues, I'll never understand. We listeners have different musical tastes--why can't the performer indulge his? Kenny is a guitar player, and an awesome one. Maybe one day he feels like playing the blues, one day-rock, or one day- a ballad. With the exception of "Spank", which I am admittedly predisposed to not liking because I don't like Kid Rock, this is an excellent cd. I can't think of a release this year that rocks like this one. Kenny sings on all but 3 tracks (2 are his former lead vocalist, Noah Hunt, who duos with Kenny on another track, and one is an instrumental.) His voice is fine, not spectacular, but it's first time singing, he will only get better with confidence. In short, if you want Kenny to sound like he did when he was 15, then buy a cd from when he was 15. He's moved on, and so should we. This cd has been in my car for a week and it won't be leaving anytime soon.