Who Needs Pictures [Enhanced CD]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's easy to glance at Brad Paisley and assume that he's another in a long line of contemporary country artists that get by on their good looks instead of their talent, but his debut album Who Needs Pictures suggests otherwise. Paisley follows the pattern set by such neo-traditionalists as George Strait, Randy Travis, and Alan Jackson, yet he adds a bit of a pop sheen -- never as much as John Michael Montgomery, but similar to Tim McGraw. Although it boasts a shiny, clean production, Who Needs Pictures keeps itself firmly within country territory, even if it doesn't feel like its roots dig that deep. Similarly, Paisley's voice is a little thin, lacking the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's easy to glance at Brad Paisley and assume that he's another in a long line of contemporary country artists that get by on their good looks instead of their talent, but his debut album Who Needs Pictures suggests otherwise. Paisley follows the pattern set by such neo-traditionalists as George Strait, Randy Travis, and Alan Jackson, yet he adds a bit of a pop sheen -- never as much as John Michael Montgomery, but similar to Tim McGraw. Although it boasts a shiny, clean production, Who Needs Pictures keeps itself firmly within country territory, even if it doesn't feel like its roots dig that deep. Similarly, Paisley's voice is a little thin, lacking the resonance of a Travis, but it is appealing, as are his songs, all of which he co-wrote with a host of collaborators (most notably Chris DuBois and Kelley Lovelace). His material may be a little cutesy, but it's catchy, particularly on the faster numbers. Those tunes are surprisingly diverse, ranging from the Western swing-styled "It Never Woulda Worked Out Anyway" and the breezy "I've Been Better" to the skittering Bakersfield instrumental "The Nervous Breakdown," the rocking contemporary country opener "Long Sermon," and the winning honky tonk of "Sleepin' on the Foldout." And even if his ballads tend to drag, "He Didn't Have to Be" is strikingly autobiographical and heartfelt, showcasing his potential in that area, as well. So, even if Who Needs Pictures is a little uneven, it hits considerably more than it misses, and those hits suggest Brad Paisley is an artist worth following. [An enhanced CD was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/1999
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886979879621
  • Catalog Number: 798796
  • Sales rank: 40,345

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brad Paisley Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, 6-string bass
Glen Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin
Eddie Bayers Drums
Tim Lauer Accordion
Bernie Herms Piano, fender rhodes, Hammond B3
Earl Clark Steel Guitar
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Frank Rogers Banjo
Mitch McMichen Percussion, Drums
Mike Johnson Dobro, Steel Guitar, pedabro
James Gregory Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Nathan DiGesare Engineer
John Kelton Engineer
Tim Nichols Composer
Brian David Willis Engineer
S. Wade Hunt Art Direction
Bernie Herms String Arrangements
Chris Latham Engineer
Kelley Lovelace Composer
Robert Arthur Composer
Brad Paisley Composer
Frank Rogers Composer, Producer, Engineer
"Loopy Dave" Willis Digital Editing
Hank Williams Mastering
Mitch McMichen Composer
James Gregory Composer
Chris Dubois Composer
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