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We Weren't Crazy
     

We Weren't Crazy

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by Josh Gracin
 
Despite the success of contemporary vocalist Josh Gracin's self-titled debut album -- the set landed three Top Five singles (including "Nothin' to Lose," which hit the top spot) and went gold -- the former American Idol contestant (and fourth-place finisher in the second season) faced a bigger test on his sophomore effort because of a fickle marketplace. Gracin

Overview

Despite the success of contemporary vocalist Josh Gracin's self-titled debut album -- the set landed three Top Five singles (including "Nothin' to Lose," which hit the top spot) and went gold -- the former American Idol contestant (and fourth-place finisher in the second season) faced a bigger test on his sophomore effort because of a fickle marketplace. Gracin began to record a follow-up album to be released in 2006, tentatively called I Keep Coming Back, but pulled the plug, citing a need to record all new material. Four years is a long time out of the limelight in popular music in the 21st century. Luckily for him, country audiences tend to be loyal--even if radio programmers are not. Gracin teamed with producer Marty Williams and engineer Bart Morris on some cuts and Brett James and Luke Wooten on others; there are also a few holdovers from the studio band on his debut -- namely bassist Mike Brignardello, backing vocalist Russell Terrell, and the ubiquitous steel guitarist Dan Dugmore. A nice addition here is veteran studio ace Matt Rollings on keyboards. Gracin is one of those big-voiced singers who gets to his tenor register effortlessly, and he makes the most of it on power ballads and storming anthems that have enough punch--and story--in them to carry the listener along. His voice drips with sincerity. The title cut, written by Gracin, is a standout. The enormously compressed guitars climb and wail, and Dugmore's steel has distortion careening over a multi-voiced chorus with a ringing 12-string and big drums. It's the album's first single. Blair Daly's "I Don't Want to Live" follows the same basic formula, and it works seamlessly, with a lonesome fiddle touch at the tail end of the each line that trails into the beginning of the next. The breeziness of "Telluride," by Brett James and Troy Verges, with its neo-psychedelic guitar touches and shuffling pace, has one of those fairy-tale "poor but rich with love" storylines. Ultimately, this is formulaic contemporary country, but that isn't necessarily bad; its fans are always hungry for more stories, more hooks, and big choruses. Gracin does it well here; if anyone has a chance of making lightning strike twice it's him.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
Label:
Lyric Street
UPC:
0720616506320
catalogNumber:
165063

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Gracin   Primary Artist
Matt Rollings   Keyboards
Kelly Back   Electric Guitar
Mike Brignardello   Bass
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Jim Hoke   Harmonica
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan   Piano,Hammond Organ
Russ Pahl   Steel Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Glenn Worf   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Brett James   Background Vocals
Tim Akers   Keyboards
Michael Rojas   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Larry Beaird   Acoustic Guitar
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar
Brian Pruitt   Drums
Lonnie Wilons   Drums
Larry Harden   Drums

Technical Credits

Derek George   Composer
Angelo Petraglia   Composer
Steve Robson   Composer
Marty Williams   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Neil Thrasher   Composer
Brett James   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Sherri Halford   Art Direction
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Tony Lopacinski   Composer
Gordie Sampson   Composer
Steve McEwan   Composer
Blair Daly   Composer
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Luke Wooten   Engineer,Audio Production
Josh Gracin   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Bart Morris   Engineer
Troy Verges   Composer
Jodi Marr   Composer
Bobby Pinson   Composer
Ashley Heron   Art Direction
Patrick Clark   Composer
Crystal Tesinksy   Groomer

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We Weren't Crazy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Long overdue. Nearly every song is outstanding and his voice has matured significantly since 2004. Truly, I hope fans of American Idol, Country Music and Rock will buy it, it is so worth it and I just hope radio stations will give it airplay..this kid deserves it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Josh sang in our junior high talent show, he brought tears to my eyes. I have been exceedingly impressed by the flawless voice he has turned out ever since. These songs are lovely and meaningful, and my cd deck plays these smooth melodies daily!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago