Mark Chesnutt

Mark Chesnutt

by Mark Chesnutt


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Mark Chesnutt

Mark Chesnutt has changed labels, but his ingratiating modern honky-tonk style remains unaltered. One of the finest song interpreters of his generation, Chesnutt lends his impeccable touch to this eponymous album's 11 songs. Rarely has he employed his husky baritone more effectively than on the beautiful love song "I'm in Love with a Married Woman," a heartfelt vow of devotion to his wife (no, it's not a cheatin' song). True to his ethos, Chesnutt digs deep for some wrenching emotion on the honky-tonk weeper "You'd Be Wrong," which finds him turning away an unfaithful lover, even as he confesses his love to her. Shifting gears, Chesnutt picks up the pace on the catchy "I Want My Baby Back," an appeal for reconciliation that's given added ballast by a twangy guitar and moaning pedal steel lines. Two songs -- the acoustic ballad "Just Right for You" and the stomping workout "My Dreams" -- deal with image versus reality. The former finds Chesnutt imaging himself "thinner, taller, with a little more hair" but being accepted in reality by a woman who's in love with "what she sees"; in the latter, a litany of fantasies ("Making out with Sandra Bullock/in the movie we're both in") is offset by nightmares ("It's a normal day at work/then I realize that I'm not wearing pants"), though it winds up with the narrator accepting his life as it is. Humor and sensitivity have always been Chesnutt's calling cards, and there's plenty of both on this estimable outing, along with some fine singing against a solid country instrumental backdrop.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2002
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998654020
catalogNumber: 86540

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Chesnutt   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Mike Brignardello   Bass
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
John Hobbs   Piano,Keyboards
John Jarvis   Piano,Keyboards
Paul Leim   Drums
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals
Russ Pahl   Banjo
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar
Hank Singer   Fiddle
Robby Turner   Steel Guitar
Billy Joe Walker   Electric Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Reggie Young   Electric Guitar
Andrea Zonn   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Neil Thrasher   Background Vocals
Ray C. Walker   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Michael Black   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Tillisch   Engineer
Billy Joe Walker   Producer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Deb Haus   Art Direction,Artist Development

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