The Metropolitan Hotel

The Metropolitan Hotel

by Chely Wright


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The Metropolitan Hotel

Before anyone gets too exercised about Chely Wright's tender, thoughtful tribute to the American troops abroad, "The Bumper of My S.U.V.," be advised that she's been performing for the U.S. Armed Forces since she was in short pants. And though she became something of a talking head for the Republican ticket in the 2004 elections, the "S.U.V." song is political only in that it celebrates freedom of speech, a right some say is under assault by the Bush administration. She's a long way from Toby Keith bluster here, and attention must be paid before the doves write her off -- she admits to "asking questions" about what's going on in the world, even as she earnestly croons her affection and respect for the GIs doing the dirty work. That one song should not close anyone off to a fine collection of songs that Wright co-produced and, in the case of eight of the dozen tunes, either wrote or co-wrote. The timeless conflict between children and their elders is lovingly dissected, with some anger and more than a dollop of common sense, in a piano-based, hymn-like ballad, "Between a Mother and a Child." A woman who made a better man of her ex tells a home wrecker the "tragic but true" reality on the slow-boiling heartbreaker "I Got Him Ready for You." Soaring strings, pulsing percussion, Aubrey Haynie's keening fiddle, and Vince Gill's haunting harmonizing bring vivid life to the sweeping, autobiographical reminiscence "The River." For good measure, Wright breaks into full-bore honky-tonk mode in reconfiguring Chuck Berry's "C'est La Vie (You Never Can Tell)" as a country barnburner, complete with stinging guitar solos and some rollicking piano courtesy Gordon Mote. Some perceptive looks at human nature, a mission statement, and some good, clean fun make this hotel worthy of an extended stay.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2005
Label: Dualtone Music Group
UPC: 0803020120020
catalogNumber: 1200

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chely Wright   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Chip Davis   Background Vocals
Steve Brewster   Drums
Jimmy Carter   Bass
Stuart Duncan   Mandolin
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
Chris McHugh   Drums
Greg Morrow   Drums
Gordon Mote   Piano,Keyboards
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Russ Pahl   Steel Guitar
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar
Brian Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin   Mandolin,Strings
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Sean Hurley   Bass
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
John D. Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Anthony Harrell   Keyboards
Tom Bukovac   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Scotty Sanders   Steel Guitar
Travis Javis   Piano
Emily West   Background Vocals
Jeff King   Guitar

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer
Michael Davis   Engineer
Richie Biggs   Engineer
David Cole   Engineer
Eddie Hill   Composer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Stephony Smith   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Tarbutton   Engineer
Chely Wright   Composer,Producer
Jeff Huskins   Producer
Bonnie Baker   Composer
Katie Gillon   Art Direction
Pound Lamb   Composer
Jim Beavers   Composer
Lisa Drew   Composer
David Frasier   Composer
Eric Legg   Engineer
Steve Crowder   Engineer
Chip Matthews   Engineer
Katrina Elam   Composer
Josh Kear   Composer
Liz Rose   Composer

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