Who Needs Pictures [Enhanced CD]

Who Needs Pictures [Enhanced CD]

by Brad Paisley
     
 

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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, …  See more details below

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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:
06/01/1999
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886979879621
catalogNumber:
798796
Rank:
14111

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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
Mitch McMichen   Composer
James Gregory   Composer
Chris Dubois   Composer

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