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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Already a successful songwriter -- having penned Martina McBride's Top 10 hit "Where Would You Be" -- Rachel Proctor makes an impressive debut as a recording artist on Where I Belong. The West Virginia native has a big, strong voice with a bit of a twang, a bit of the bluesy huskiness that's served Tanya Tucker and Deana Carter so well, and a veteran's sense of dynamics and nuance in her phrasing. Like Tucker and Carter, she favors a sound that's built on country fundamentals but also incorporates a rock 'n' roll energy. There's meat on the bone relative to the songs, too -- whether co-written by Proctor or created by other writers, these tunes speak to important ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Already a successful songwriter -- having penned Martina McBride's Top 10 hit "Where Would You Be" -- Rachel Proctor makes an impressive debut as a recording artist on Where I Belong. The West Virginia native has a big, strong voice with a bit of a twang, a bit of the bluesy huskiness that's served Tanya Tucker and Deana Carter so well, and a veteran's sense of dynamics and nuance in her phrasing. Like Tucker and Carter, she favors a sound that's built on country fundamentals but also incorporates a rock 'n' roll energy. There's meat on the bone relative to the songs, too -- whether co-written by Proctor or created by other writers, these tunes speak to important subjects. "Me and Emily" is an intense, mid-tempo rocker limning the hard road of single parenthood. "Strong as an Oak" is a solid country ballad in which a weeping willow and an oak tree are the metaphorical symbols of a woman's journey out of a loveless marriage into self-sufficiency, with a mesmerizing gospel-style chorus. "We Did It Our Way" is a Springsteen-style rocker about a "couple crazy kids" who build a loving life together by disdaining conventional rules and taking the road less traveled. An infectious, fiddle-driven stomper, "Shame on Me" lightens things up a bit with its lustful, naughty confessions and a soaring modulation in its hooky chorus. A surefire dance hall favorite-to-be, "If You're Gonna Leave Me Leave Me Alone" is an incendiary, R&B-flavored kiss-off song that showcases a sassy side of Proctor's on-disc persona. Impressive, all of this, and reason enough to keep close tabs on Rachel Proctor.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The success of Martina McBride's smash single "Where Would You Be" brought the Nash Vegas music-making machinery back to the door of its writer, Rachel Proctor. Proctor had been slogging it out on the fringes of Music City for close to a decade and had been rejected by nearly everyone, before McBride's hit brought the focus back to the singer/songwriter. Where I Belong is her debut offering, and was produced by Chris Lindsey. There are 11 songs here, six of which were co-written by Proctor. The set is a jaunty blend of modern country styles, delivered by a fine singer who can handle anything they put in front of her. But it's in her own songs, loaded at the front and back of the disc, that the real magic happens. The opener, "Days Like This," with its ringing 12-string guitars and punched-up drums, could have been way overblown if it weren't for the rootsy, no-nonsense romantic exuberance in her vocal. When she sings "Ain't nothin' better than a long lingering kiss...," the listener can feel there is experience and optimism in her words. The shift in focus on "Me and Emily," which shares an intro with Marc Cohn's "Walkin' in Memphis," showcases Proctor's mettle as a lyricist. In this tough-as-nails tale of a single mom who is rambling -- on the move away from a dead-end life with an abusive husband -- with her young daughter sleeping in the back seat, the conviction in the grain of her voice brings to bear all the weight placed on the protagonists' decision. It's tough, believable, and full of brittle truth and that glimmer of hope that makes country songs of any stripe special. The honky tonky revenge of "I'm Gonna Get You Back" is predictable, but also believable. The shimmering guitars and whip-crack snare on "We Did It Our Way" signals the beginning of a midtempo ballad that erupts into a country-rock anthem. In sum, this is a very respectable debut by an artist who arrives fully formed, strong, confident, and committed -- in other words, in it for the long haul. Since she's already borne the brunt of Nash Vegas' polite yet creepy inhumane rejection and never surrendered, Where I Belong is her time to begin smelling the roses. Recommended.
Entertainment Weekly - Alanna Nash
Think of her as Martina for the Gen-Y set, with McBride's over-the-top delivery replaced by kitchen-sink realism. (B)

Think of her as Martina for the Gen-Y set, with McBride's over-the-top delivery replaced by kitchen-sink realism. (B)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886970140324
  • Catalog Number: 701403

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rachel Proctor Primary Artist, Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson Drums
Glenn Worf Bass
Jonathan Yudkin Fiddle
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
Tim Akers Piano, Keyboards
Kim Parent Background Vocals
Karyn Rochelle Background Vocals
Jason Sellers Background Vocals
Troy Lancaster Electric Guitar
Darryl Worley Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Hillary Lindsey Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Mike Post Composer
Brian Nash Composer
Philip White Composer
Ronnie Thomas Digital Editing
Joel Zimmerman Reissue Design
Ricky Cobble Engineer
Chris Lindsey Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Aimee Mayo Composer
Kris Bergsnes Composer
Odie Blackmon Composer
Christi Dannemiller Composer
Kristin Barlowe Cover Photo
Astrid Herbold May Art Direction
Rachel Proctor Composer
Hillary Lindsey Composer
Troy Verges Composer
Shane Tarleton Cover Art Direction
Larry Michael White Composer
Lee Thomas Miller Composer
Jeremy Stover Composer
Michael Mobley Composer
Liz Rose Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
Chris Tompkins Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A GREAT STAR

    She is a great artist and will go REALLY far in the music buisness. I recommend it for anyone who will listen to country. She has a beutiful voice and has a sweet meaning behind everyone of her song. I especially like "Me and Emily" and also "If That Chair Could Talk."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Stellar Debut

    Rachel Proctor, what can you say? After bouncing around Nashville for years, and being turned down for countless recording deals, she has finally found her way, signing with BNA Records. Her first release, "Where I Belong", is one of the most impressive debuts by a female country artist in years. After already showing off her songwriting skills by penning Martina McBride's number one hit, "Where Would You Be" (A song about the divorce between her and her husband), she returns with the album's second single (The first was "Days Like This"), "Me and Emily", already a top fifteen hit. She shows her singing talent on all of the tracks, but the best tunes have to be the Martina McBride styled power-ballads, "If That Chair Could Talk" and the superb "Didn't I", which is probably the best song on the album. Not that she can't rock, of course, she shows that on the more faster-paced recordings, such as, "We Did It Our Way", "Days Like This", "If You're Gonna Leave Me", and the slow verse/fast chorus combination on "I'm Gonna Get You Back". Overall, this is a great CD, worth owning anytime. With her beautiful voice sounding like a combination of Deana Carter and Martina McBride, we should be expecting great things from Rachel Proctor in the future. With her first CD, she has set herself toward the path to stardom, the path that she might already be on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fantastic

    She's a great singer, she has a very pretty voice. And her debut cd is a hit with me. I hope she goes on to make more.

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