Lifted Off the Ground may be Chely Wright's seventh album, but on a number of levels it feels and sounds like her first, revealing an artist who has undergone a dramatic artistic transformation, emerging as a singer/songwriter of the first order.
But the new album would never have come to be were it not for an equally dramatic personal transformation, which she has candidly and painstakingly documented.
Lifted Off the Ground was released on the same day Random House published Wright's autobiography, Like Me.
Produced by Rodney Crowell, Lifted Off The Ground includes eleven songs all written by Wright except for one song which she co-wrote with Crowell. From the Label
Performance CreditsChely Wright Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Rodney Crowell Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
John Ferraro Drums
John Hobbs Organ,Keyboards
Chris McHugh Drums
Michael Rhodes Bass
Randy Scruggs Acoustic Guitar
Kenny Vaughan Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Cheryl White Background Vocals
Jonathan Yudkin Cello,Viola
Will Kimbrough Acoustic Guitar
Tim Lauer Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Pump Organ
Chris Rodriguez Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Tania Hancheroff Background Vocals
Jedd Hughes Acoustic Guitar
Jeremy Lister Background Vocals
John Jorgensen Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Micol Davis Background Vocals
Technical CreditsRodney Crowell Composer,Producer
Peter Coleman Engineer
Donivan Cowart Engineer
Chely Wright Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First of all, to the few true Chely fans out there, the ones who have been with her since Day 1 and own every CD, this disc is a departure for her, in the way the Dixie Chicks "Taking the Long Way" was a departure from their earlier work. This CD is worth the money for me. There are no songs that are destined to be radio hits on here, but that is usually the case with very well-written songs. Chely makes you feel what she is feeling in every single tune on here. The album is kind of folksy, and contains many slower and mid-tempo songs, but is a great listen. My favorite track is "Notes to the Coroner", which is one of the up-tempo songs. This is a song that any woman who has been through a heartwrenching breakup can relate to. She sings from the perspective of someone who died from a broken heart. It would be depressing had it been a slower song, but the uptempo speed of it makes it a gem. Another standout is "Object of Your Rejection". She sings from a jilted woman's perspective about how she will never leave her lover's thoughts. The albums first single is "Broken" and that is another great track. It's a song about a woman who is broken from past relationships, speaking to a potential lover who is also broken from past relationships. Great song. The album also has glimmers here or there that reveal what has been revealed in her books and in the media in the past 2 weeks - that she is a lesbian country singer. Unlike past songs, she doesn't refer to lovers or past lover's as "he" in any track. "Like Me" she is speaking directly of a former lover, asking who she'll hold hands with next, a "beautiful woman or a tall handsome man". A very brave song to write, considering she is risking bannishment from the country music community. I commend her for that. Overall, a great folksy album that everyone should give a listen to. It may take a couple of full listens - I wasn't sold on it initially, but it grew on me to the point where I absolutely love it now - it will be worth the money spent.
While this cd is a departure in tone from previous albums, the songs are just as wonderful. The songs reflect Chely's personal situation and struggles. They are relatable to anyone going through a difficult time, and hopefully will help them see things in a different light. I've listened to it multiple times in the day that i purchased it and it wi remain in my "go to" list of cds for a long time to come. Great Job Chely