Where It All Began

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
There's pop country and there's POP country, and Dan + Shay show they aren't the least bit afraid of polish or studio trickery on their first full-length album, 2014's Where It All Began. Strip away the occasional banjo and mandolin accents on these songs and filter out the mild Southern accents in the voices of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, and most of the songs on Where It All Began would fit pop radio like a charm, especially as they toss some double-time rap-style vocals on "19 You + Me," harmonize about romancing hot babes during Spring Break on "Stop Drop," hit a secluded make-out spot in "Somewhere Only We Know," and dreamily rhapsodize about first love on "First Time ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
There's pop country and there's POP country, and Dan + Shay show they aren't the least bit afraid of polish or studio trickery on their first full-length album, 2014's Where It All Began. Strip away the occasional banjo and mandolin accents on these songs and filter out the mild Southern accents in the voices of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, and most of the songs on Where It All Began would fit pop radio like a charm, especially as they toss some double-time rap-style vocals on "19 You + Me," harmonize about romancing hot babes during Spring Break on "Stop Drop," hit a secluded make-out spot in "Somewhere Only We Know," and dreamily rhapsodize about first love on "First Time Feeling" on the latter, the signifier that this is supposed to be country is that George Strait is playing on the car radio instead of, say, Katy Perry. As far as craft goes, Dan + Shay clearly know what they're doing and are remarkably canny; there's enough digital sheen in this music especially in the Auto-Tuned and carefully sculpted harmonies to pass muster with any discerning pop-crazed listener, while at the same time, they sound like regular guys whose antics seem benign even when they're putting on their best moves to impress the ladies heck, they don't fight, they hardly ever drink, and when they talk about "sippin'," it turns out to be iced tea rather than anything you need an ID or prescription to buy. If country radio needs clean-cut but hunky young men to croon with maximum professionalism for a younger demographic with a fondness for current pop, there's no question Dan + Shay can fill the bill, and Where It All Began shows they do what they do very well indeed. Of course, some folks might ask what this has to do with country music, and not without reason, but it's not as if we live in a world where this will get played back to back with Johnny Cash -- or George Strait.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2014
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624938453
  • Catalog Number: 542028
  • Sales rank: 10,261

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Show You Off (3:04)
  2. 2 Stop Drop + Roll (3:18)
  3. 3 19 You + Me (3:38)
  4. 4 What You Do To Me (3:31)
  5. 5 Can't Say No (2:55)
  6. 6 First Time Feeling (4:00)
  7. 7 Nothin' Like You (3:06)
  8. 8 Somewhere Only We Know (3:07)
  9. 9 Parking Brake (3:37)
  10. 10 I Heard Goodbye (3:42)
  11. 11 Party Girl (3:53)
  12. 12 Close Your Eyes (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dan + Shay Primary Artist
Eric Darken Percussion
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Carolyn Dawn Johnson Background Vocals
Chris DeStefano Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Adam Shoenfeld Electric Guitar
Daniel Smyers Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Danny Orton Drums, Keyboards
Shay Mooney Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Carol Rabinowitz Cello
Technical Credits
Jeff Balding Engineer
Scott Hendricks Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Rhett Akins Composer
Brian David Willis Digital Editing
Tim Akers Programming
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Chris DeStefano Composer, Programming, Producer
Jason Owen Management
Daniel Smyers Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Ashley Gorley Composer
Danny Orton Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Nathan Chapman Composer
Lisa Ray Management
Ben Hayslip Composer
Shay Mooney Composer
Patrick Tracy Art Direction
Gary Barlowe Composer
Scooter Braun Management
Nicolle Galyon Composer
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