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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Consciously backpedaling from the all-encompassing embrace of American Saturday Night, Brad Paisley narrows his definition of what constitutes modern country on his seventh collection of new songs, This Is Country Music. Gone are the casual multiculturalism, the allusions to the age of Obama, the subtle instrumental flourishes that suggested a world outside of country; whenever Paisley chooses to broaden the horizons on This Is Country Music, he brings in Don Henley to duet on a power ballad or kicks up the reverb for a bit of landbound surf-rock. From the album title right on down to a rousing tribute to "Old Alabama" -- a tribute so clever it seamlessly ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Consciously backpedaling from the all-encompassing embrace of American Saturday Night, Brad Paisley narrows his definition of what constitutes modern country on his seventh collection of new songs, This Is Country Music. Gone are the casual multiculturalism, the allusions to the age of Obama, the subtle instrumental flourishes that suggested a world outside of country; whenever Paisley chooses to broaden the horizons on This Is Country Music, he brings in Don Henley to duet on a power ballad or kicks up the reverb for a bit of landbound surf-rock. From the album title right on down to a rousing tribute to "Old Alabama" -- a tribute so clever it seamlessly references a handful of the band's '80s hits, its chorus playfully inverting "Mountain Music," then enlists the group to sing the punch line -- Paisley celebrates the strict confines of country, gently bending its topical borders but adhering to country customs so strictly he even convinces Clint Eastwood to whistle a Morricone melody on a spaghetti Western instrumental tribute to the actor. Here's where Paisley's skills as a craftsman come into play. Always a traditionalist -- the kind who saluted the Grand Ol Opry by regularly having Bill Anderson and Little Jimmy Dickens come out to do some cornpone humor on his albums -- he builds a song with care but is keenly aware that he's living in 2011, not 1965. Even when he's determined to rein in his ambition, his music is rich and surprising. His silly novelties ("Camouflage" and "Be the Lake") are underpinned by a sly sense of humor not readily apparent on their hammy choruses; he has an eye for details, whether it's how a relationship builds ("Toothbrush") or how a soul erodes in this modern world ("A Man Don't Have to Die"); he opens the album by singing "You're not supposed to say the word cancer in a song," then breaks that very rule a few songs later; his twanging Telecaster may echo back to Don Rich, but is equally indebted to the shredders of the '80s. Paisley's determination to keep This Is Country Music lean and lanky does mean it's not as wily as his other records, but his consummate skill as a musician and big heart are always evident, always keeping things compelling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2011
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 886978327420
  • Catalog Number: 783274
  • Sales rank: 7,350

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This is Country Music (5:11)
  2. 2 Old Alabama (5:01)
  3. 3 A Man Don't Have to Die (4:19)
  4. 4 Camouflage (4:26)
  5. 5 Remind Me - Carrie Underwood (4:31)
  6. 6 Working On a Tan (4:04)
  7. 7 Love Her Like She's Leavin' (4:08)
  8. 8 One of Those Lives (4:13)
  9. 9 Toothbrush (3:09)
  10. 10 Be the Lake (3:56)
  11. 11 Eastwood - Clint Eastwood (5:01)
  12. 12 New Favorite Memory (4:12)
  13. 13 Don't Drink the Water - Blake Shelton (3:46)
  14. 14 I Do Now (4:00)
  15. 15 Life's Railway To Heaven (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brad Paisley Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Marty Stuart Mandolin, Background Vocals
Don Henley Background Vocals
Sheryl Crow Background Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion
Jeff Cook Electric Guitar, Vocals
David Davidson Violin
Connie Ellisor Violin
Kevin Grantt Bass, Upright Bass
Jim Grosjean Viola
Carl Jackson Banjo, Vocals, Background Vocals
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Gordon Mote Piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Randy Owen Electric Guitar, Vocals
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Kendall Marcy Banjo, Mando
Sonya Isaacs Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Vocals, Background Vocals
Robert Arthur Acoustic Guitar
Randle Currie Steel Guitar
Carrie Bailey Violin
Tania Hancheroff Background Vocals
Erin Hall Violin
Justin Williamson Fiddle
Jim "Moose" Brown Piano, Keyboards, Hammond B3
Ben Sesar Drums
Gary Hooker Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Sari Reist Cello
Betsy Lamb Viola
Huck Paisley Vocals
Pam Sixfin Violin
Teddy Gentry Vocals
Mike Johnson Dobro
Jasper Paisley Vocals
Technical Credits
Tim Owens Composer
Jeff Balding overdub engineer
Neal Cappellino Digital Editing, overdub engineer
Carl Marsh String Arrangements
Kimberly Mote Vocal Group
Randy Owen Composer
George Teren Composer
Brian Willis Digital Editing
Brian David Willis Engineer, overdub engineer, Vocal Group
Drew Bollman overdub engineer
Jason Lehning overdub engineer
Kendall Marcy Composer, overdub engineer, Vocal Group
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner Art Direction
Karen Winkelmann String Contractor
Mellissa Schleicher grooming
Kelley Lovelace Composer
Rivers Rutherford Composer
Richard Barrow Engineer, Digital Editing, overdub engineer, Vocal Group
Brady Barnett Digital Editing
Robert Arthur Composer
Brad Paisley Composer
Randle Currie Vocal Group
Scott McDaniel Cover Design
Traditional Composer
Frank Rogers Composer
Larry the Cable Guy Vocal Group
Justin Williamson Vocal Group
Jim "Moose" Brown Vocal Group
Ben Sesar Vocal Group
Tammie Harris Cleek Imaging, Photo Production
Phillip Stein Digital Editing
Lee Thomas Miller Composer
Carrie Underwood Duet
Tyler Moles Digital Editing
Jon Henderson Composer
Dave Turnbull Composer
Chris Dowis Vocal Group
Ashley Gorley Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
Judy Forde-Blair Liner Notes, Creative Producer
David Schoeber Engineer
Josh Thompson Composer
Clint Eastwood Whistle
Joel Shewmake Composer
Chris Dubois Composer
Chad Weaver Vocal Group
Danny Simpson Composer
Susanna Cranford Vocal Group
Samantha Mote Vocal Group
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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    Great Album - his best since Mud on the Tires

    What a great album! I had been counting down the days until it's release and bought it the day it came out. Paisley's voice is soothing, and as his life has grown (2 kids, a happy marriage, countless awards), so has his music. Toothbrush is one of my favorite songs, who else can write a song with the title Toothbrush and make it so meaningful? Gotta love his kids and Clint Eastwood talking on the same track. One of those Lives is a heartfelt song that touches you deep, and you will think about that song next time you are feeling sorry for yourself over some small thing. Despite his blissful life, fans can still relate to his heartbreak songs like I Do Now. The stunner on this album though is Remind Me, his duet with Carrie Underwood that will be burning up the charts this summer. This is is second duet with Carrie. The first one, off of 5th Gear, called Oh Love, seemed rushed and contrived. This one is just beautiful. Every person who has been in a relationship can relate. Carrie has a strong voice, and Brad's isn't as strong, but she doesn't really overwhelm him in this song. She also can tend to over sing, and she is more restrained here. One of her best vocal performances ever. It's also a departure for Brad, but a good departure. It's nice to hear him try something new but at the same time not alienate his fans. Buy this album!

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Yet another huge release!

    Been waiting on this one for a while... now after spinning it a few times, it was absolutely worth the wait! It's another solid release from Brad and showcases his real talent on both guitar and vocals. The production value is top notch and the songs are catchy, emotional, heart-felt, and instrumentally superior! Great release, check it out!

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