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Everything Is Fine
     

Everything Is Fine

4.8 8
by Josh Turner
 
Those who judge Josh Turner's outstanding third album on the basis of its simplistic, trifling lead hit single, "Firecracker," are in for a surprise when they dig into the whole thing. Writing or co-writing seven of the 12 cuts here, Turner shows he has a handle on deeper, more nuanced feelings than "Firecracker" offers, and he brings them to vivid life with his

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Those who judge Josh Turner's outstanding third album on the basis of its simplistic, trifling lead hit single, "Firecracker," are in for a surprise when they dig into the whole thing. Writing or co-writing seven of the 12 cuts here, Turner shows he has a handle on deeper, more nuanced feelings than "Firecracker" offers, and he brings them to vivid life with his expressive, rumbling bass voice. Sticking to a basic band accompaniment -- acoustic and electric guitars, pedal steel, fiddle, dobro, propulsive rhythm section -- supplemented here and there by acoustic and electric keyboards, synthesized strings and expressive backup choruses, Turner's unaffected singing is showcased to maximum emotional impact. This is especially true on the yearning ballad, "Another Try," rich in strings and enhanced by Trisha Yearwood's incandescent harmonizing; and more so on the ambitious, five-minute mini-epic, "The Longer The Waiting (The Sweeter The Kiss)," a love letter from a sailor making his final voyage and appealing to his lover to wait for his return. In a voice by turns strong and determined and soft and pleading, Turner appeals his case in plaintive tones and terms; behind him, the arrangement surges and recedes, like waves on his mythical ocean, its moody atmosphere defined by a guitar twanging as lonely and desolate as Phil Upchurch's in Dee Clark's "Raindrops," and the distant, haunting sound of whistling. But he has plenty of fun when he kicks out the jams too, most notably on the bruising barnburner, "Trailerhood," which extols the laid-back virtues of mobile home life and gains added sizzle from a lively set-to between Brent Rowan's sputtering electric guitar and Steve Hinson's serpentine steel guitar exhortations. Everything Is Fine is country like it oughta be.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The man with the biggest, most distinctive bass voice in country since Johnny Cash is back with album number three. Josh Turner scored big with the "Long Black Train" on his debut and took it over the top with the two big singles off his breakthrough sophomore album "Your Man," (the title track) and the monstrous hit "Would You Go with Me." While it's true that Turner kept producer Frank Rogers on board, along with mixing king Justin Niebank and many of the same musicians, there is still more of his actual personality on Everything Is Fine than on his previous albums put together. Interestingly, Turner has made very few concessions to the modern Nashville sound of big rolling guitars that are compressed to the point of being brittle, echo-laden drums and Hammond B-3s that all try to simulate the '70s sound of Southern rock. The opposite is true here. Turner is a country singer from the old school whose singing can be traced back through Randy Travis and George Strait to Merle Haggard, George Jones, and the great honky tonk singers. If anything, the music on Everything Is Fine is what Nashville's hit music should sound like in the 21st century. It uses the best technology has to offer in terms of clarity, but not at the expense of acoustic and electric stringed musical instruments sounding like themselves: Telecasters sound like Telecasters, pedal steel guitars sound like Sho-Bud's, banjos, mandolins, and unplugged six-strings, all come off sounding natural. But that's only the production angle. It's songs that make a record and this set is stacked with them. Turner wrote or co-wrote seven of the dozen tunes here. These include the sizzling fiddle and electric guitar stomping shuffle of "Firecracker," written with Shawn Camp (another part of the steady stable here) and Pat McLaughlin, and the banjo, steel, fiddle-drenched title number that opens the set (with Wes Hightower's backing vocals that double up the down-low basso profundo to stellar effect). It's an honest to goodness country song that is picaresque, relaxed, and feels authentic. Then there's his "only-in-country" burning, modern honky tonker "Trailerhood." There's a moving duet with Trisha Yearwood on "Another Try," written by Jeremy Spillman and Chris Stapleton. It's a love song with gorgeous dobro and fiddles that build to a crescendo of strings (countrypolitan did a lot of that once upon a time) whose sound is the only concession to the postmodern, post-country sonics of modern Music City, but, since it's a ballad, they are entirely appropriate and effective It's a destined hit. Yearwood, who is singing better in 2007 that at any time in her career (perhaps because she is unfettered by no longer being part of the "star system"), adds exponentially to this song emotionally and texturally. And Turner can write a love song: "Soulmate" is among the most direct and spare tunes in his résumé, but its natural soul and depth is refreshing and clean as well as romantic. There's also a popping cover of Johnny Horton and Tillman Franks' "One Woman Man" from way back in 1956. This is the tune that offers proof positive that Turner is a vocalist and writer who descends from the grand tradition. It's only two-and-a-half minutes long, but it rocks, rolls, and struts like a rooster in a barnyard. Everything Is Fine is the jewel in Turner's brief career so far; it's consistent, soulful, and natural. When it busts the sales field wide open (and it will), hopefully Nashville's label heads will follow A&R boss Luke Lewis' lead and let artists of this caliber make more of their own decisions.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2007
Label:
Mca Nashville
UPC:
0602517328112
catalogNumber:
000890402
Rank:
40249

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Turner   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion,Strings
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Jay Dawson   Bagpipes
Shannon Forrest   Drums
John Gardner   Drums
Kevin Grantt   Bass Guitar,Upright Bass
Steve Hinson   Dobro,Steel Guitar
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar,Hi String
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Gordon Mote   Piano,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (Baritone)
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson   Harmonica
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,national steel guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Mike Johnson   Dobro

Technical Credits

Johnny Horton   Composer
Pat McLaughlin   Composer
Shawn Camp   Composer
Neal Cappellino   overdub engineer
Mark Tucker   Cover Photo
Drew Bollman   overdub engineer
Tillman Franks   Composer
Anthony Hamilton   Composer,Duet
Josh Turner   Composer,Art Direction,Duet
Richard Barrow   Engineer,overdub engineer
Phillip Lammonds   Composer
Frank Rogers   Producer,Audio Production
Jeremy Spillman   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer

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Everything Is Fine 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
bobbiIA More than 1 year ago
I'm in my car a lot - this CD lives with me in the car. There's not a bad track on it - my favorites - "The Way He Was Raised", "The Longer the Waiting", and "One Woman Man" (I believe a great old George Jones song and, Josh' right up there with George on this one). You like country? buy this one~
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is absolutly phenomenal!!! You will not find another country artist today who sticks to the traditional values of family, love, and faith like Josh Turner...not to mention that awesome voice! The songs are excellent, from fun and sexy to faithfull and true, there is not one that is dissapointing. This is what true country sounds like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We own hundreds of CDs of various genres of music and this CD gets the most play of any of them! We are country music fans of both "old" and "new" country and Josh Turner and this CD are absolutely one of our favorites. This is country as it should be, with the flavor of classic country easily mixed into new country without losing any integrity. I rarely bother to write reviews good or bad, but Mr. Turner deserves any and all praise given for this phenomenal collection of songs. His talent as a writer and performer is rare and exceptional. I hope he gets all of the radio play and accolades this album deserves. If you are even remotely a country music fan , you MUST own this CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After listening to part of each song title on this cd, the title "Everything Is Fine" is the appropriate title for it. This is another great cd album.
Orla More than 1 year ago
I have to say that Everything Is Fine with these hit songs from Josh Turner. I love playing his CD's in the car whenever I'm running errands or going out of town. I cannot get enough of Josh; everything about his music speaks to me in a way that few words can describe. If you are a true country fan, Josh will surely please your tastes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is the BEST ONE I OWN, and I've got some big ones like Kenney Chesney and Carrie Underwood. Josh Turner is a true down home country star, and his amazing voice is like no other. Move oever Kenny and Carrie, THIS is true country!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say that after Long Black Train was released I was impressed. He's a great artist so it was no shock that I ran out to buy Your Man, but I was a bit disapointed with the release. He didn't deliver on his Sophmore album the way he did on his first. This one brings him back to me. I have to say he's back and I love this CD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago