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Wanna Be Your Joe
     

Wanna Be Your Joe

5.0 1
by Billy Ray Cyrus
 
It's been a long, strange trip for Billy Ray Cyrus. The toast of '90s Nashville with his worldwide smash, "Achy Breaky Heart," the hunky-clunky heartthrob never recaptured that early peak despite a steady gig in the country arena. Then he did some acting, on screen and on TV, recorded a gospel album (the last refuge of the penitent former star), and in 2006 found

Overview

It's been a long, strange trip for Billy Ray Cyrus. The toast of '90s Nashville with his worldwide smash, "Achy Breaky Heart," the hunky-clunky heartthrob never recaptured that early peak despite a steady gig in the country arena. Then he did some acting, on screen and on TV, recorded a gospel album (the last refuge of the penitent former star), and in 2006 found himself a commodity once again, thanks to starring on a Disney Channel show with his daughter, Miley. All those roads traveled have conferred some kind of sagacity on Billy Ray, as he shares the mic with both George Jones and Loretta Lynn on "Country Music Has the Blues," and with surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd on "The Freebird Fell," and eulogizes NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt. On top of all that, he wants his mullet back! Long live Billy Ray!

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Billy Ray Cyrus has been nothing if not industrious in keeping his career alive despite the vicissitudes of the entertainment business. The crushing success of his nine-times-platinum debut album, Some Gave All, fueled by the hit "Achy Breaky Heart," was too much for anyone to live up to, but he rode that popularity through the platinum follow-up It Won't Be the Last and the gold third album Storm in the Heartland before listeners lost interest. After finishing off his first major-label contract with the poor-selling Trail of Tears and Shot Full of Love, he jumped to a second major label and tried again with Southern Rain, meanwhile diversifying by turning to TV acting on the PAX series Doc, which paid the bills over the next several years as he tried to resuscitate his music career on the budget label Madacy (Time Flies) and then, taking a flyer from Randy Travis, with a gospel album (The Other Side). Now, he has been signed to New Door Records, the imprint of Universal that has the unusual goal of attempting to stage comebacks for artists who have a history with the parent company. (Cyrus' first five albums were on Universal subsidiary Mercury Records.) Hedging his bets, he is simultaneously beginning a second TV series, Hannah Montana, co-starring with his daughter Miley Cyrus on The Disney Channel. Wanna Be Your Joe has the look of an album that has been labored over and revised. There are what appear to be the remnants of an earlier version, produced by Cyrus and Jeff Tweel, and including the tracks "I Wouldn't Be Me," "The Freebird Fell," "Lonely Wins," "Ole What's Her Name," and "Hey Daddy." Seven other tracks produced by Cyrus, Terry Shelton, and Russ Zavitson appear to come from a later session. And then there are two add-ons: "Stand," a father-daughter duet produced by Andy Dodd and Adam Watts and aimed at the new TV show, and the so-called "bonus track," a guitar-and-vocal novelty called "A Pain in the Gas." Despite the appearance of a collection cobbled together over several years, though, the album hangs together, or rather, it hangs in two distinct pieces not divisible by the recording dates. On the one hand, there's a collection of romantic ballads -- "Wanna Be Your Joe," "I Wouldn't Be Me," "What About Us," "I Wonder," "Lonely Wins," "How've Ya Been," and "Ole What's Her Name" -- that run the gamut from sincere pledges of commitment to expressions of frustration and outright kiss-offs. Then there is a set of self-referential songs and tributes, most of them midtempo country-rockers. "The Man" has the subtitle "Tribute to Dale Earnhardt", while "The Freebird Fell" might be subtitled "Tribute to Ronnie Van Zant" (Van Zant's Lynyrd Skynyrd bandmates Ed King and Artimus Pyle are co-authors along with Cyrus). The silly "I Want My Mullet Back" (couldn't he just grow it back if he wanted to?) also name-checks Lynyrd Skynyrd. And "Country Music Has the Blues," with guest singers George Jones and Loretta Lynn, is one of those laments for the state of the music that specializes in naming all the legends in the business. This second part of the album is vastly less successful than the first. The tributes are no doubt sincere, but somewhat muddleheaded. "Country Music Has the Blues," for example, mixes up country stars who are dead with ones who just aren't having hits anymore. You'd think that Cyrus would be careful to make a distinction there, since he fits into the latter category, but not the former.
Washington Post - Joe Heim
Cyrus can turn on the twang with the best of them, but on this album he hits softer, smoother notes as well, sounding less country roadhouse than comfy living room.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/2006
Label:
New Door Records
UPC:
0602498595046
catalogNumber:
000699702

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Ray Cyrus   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
George Jones   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Loretta Lynn   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Corky Holbrook   Bass
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
Dave Pomeroy   Bass
Terry Shelton   Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar
Barton Stevens   Accordion,Horn,Keyboards
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Lee Hendricks   Bass,Bass Guitar
David J. Carpenter   Bass
Maxwell Abrams   Saxophone
Andy Dodd   Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Adam Watts   Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Background Vocals
David Briggs   Keyboards
Miley Cyrus   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jennifer Duncan   Background Vocals
Lesley Patterson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mark Collie   Composer
Billy Ray Cyrus   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Artimus Pyle   Composer
Paul Abraham   Composer
Steve Holroyd   Engineer
Ed King   Composer
Terry Shelton   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jeffrey M. Tweel   Composer,Producer
Mike Ragogna   Producer
Russ Zavitson   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Andy Dodd   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Adam Watts   Composer,Producer,Engineer
David Beano Hall   Engineer
Trace Cyrus   Composer

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Wanna Be Your Joe 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love this cd! Billy Ray is back! from ballads to upbeat, this album has it all. "I love wouldn't be me", it's a beautiful ballad. My favorite song is the one he does with his daughter, Miley. It's called "Stand" and it's the best on the album. I just hope they release it, it would be a hit. The whole album is terrific.