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Let’s just get it out of the way right up front: In the five years
between his last album, Good Times, and his new Dualtone Records
release, Beautiful Day, Charlie Robison got divorced from his wife
Emily (of The Dixie Chicks). So it’s only natural to assume that this
is his “divorce album,” which is not altogether untrue.
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  • Audio CD (June 23, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • ASIN: B00274SIPQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,433 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The follow-up to his 2004 Dualtone debut, "Good Times", which included the hit single "El Cerrito Place" (made the Top 10 on CMT's Top Video Countdown). Since then, Robison got divorced from his wife Emily (Dixie Chicks), so it's only natural to assume that this new record is his "divorce album", which is not altogether untrue. But Robison writes from a perspective that draws from and speaks to larger matters and issues within human existence. Ultimately, "Beautiful Day" is about growth and redemption, and the album takes the listener through a gamut of emotions that leaves one wiser and wonderfully entertained.

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This song really shows what a great production this is.
James Moulton
A brilliant piece of work that overshadows the rest of the album...but that one song is so good this gets top rating.
Remo "Uzi" Gwaldabi
Feeling Good is a song about recovery from broken relationships.
'Rebel' Rod Ames

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on June 25, 2009
Format: Audio CD
It's been five years since we last heard from Charlie Robison. After a run on Sony's Lucky Dog label and a live album on Columbia, Robison moved to the indie Dualtone for 2004's Good Times. Though he continued to perform live, the CDs he'd been releasing every year or two dried up. Perhaps now we know why: in 2008 his nine-year marriage to Dixie Chick Emily Robison ended in divorce. Rather than writing through the dissolution, he saved up his emotions for this post-divorce album. Only he and his ex know if the venom is righteous, but whether it's well-founded criticism or angry lashing-out, it still packs a sting. One takeaway: don't leave a writer feeling you've wronged them.

No doubt many of these songs were written in the final throes of Robison's marriage, but the wreckage is viewed as aftermath rather than from the eye of the hurricane. Robison charts many of the classic stages of recovery, including shock, confusion, denial, anger, depression, and uneasy acceptance. He doesn't bother to cloak his emotions in songwriter's allusion, but there's artfulness in the way he opens up the main veins to purge his bitterness. Given that his marriage had officially "become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities," it's unsurprising that Robison would castigate his ex for the lightweight echo of her former self he believes she's become, and the broken promises with which he's left.

Robison begins his reappraisal with the title track's scathing portrait of superficial life in Los Angeles, and continues with a bitter spit of words in "Yellow Blues.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By 'Rebel' Rod Ames on June 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard Charlie Robison was on the Dallas community radio station, KNON's Super Roper Redneck Review back in the mid 1990's. The song was Sunset Boulevard from his debut record, Bandera. "Wow", was all I could say after hearing it. It was a song about wanting to be a rock star and being on the cover of Rolling Stone, and wishing the tabloid writers would write rumors that he was gay. All of the things we hear and see stars, whether they are film or recording stars, constantly complain about. Charlie's song was about wishing he could be a part of it all. It all sort of came true.

He has become somewhat of a star. His 1998 album Step Right Up hit the Top 40 on the country album charts and Good Times (Dualtone) released in 2004, enjoyed the best sales of his career. The video for the song El Cerrito Place made it as a Top 10 hit on CMT. He married a Dixie Chick, Emily. They lived on a nice ranch in Bandera, Texas, and they had children. Five years later there was a divorce. The difference with the Robisons and other big stars is they were somehow able to keep it all out of the media spotlight. Your never saw them on the cover of anything really. They kept their marriage and their divorce private, just like it should be.

On June 23rd he released his long awaited record that some have called his divorce record, Beautiful Day (Dualtone). I prefer to call it, brilliant. It's probably his best record yet, and he has assembled a great cast of musicians that help to make it so. The core group is, of course, Charlie Robison (vocals) with Keith Robinson (drums), Scott Esbeck (Bass), Rich Brotherton (acoustic guitar/mandolin), Charlie Sexton (electric guitars), and Bukka Allen (Hammond B3 organ). Did I say "cast of musicians"?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on August 4, 2009
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What is it about a singer/songwriter in pain that attracts us so much? "Misery loves company" indeed, though you would never catch Charlie Robison using such a cliche, unless it was followed by something witty and cynical. This album, written and recorded during/after his divorce with wife Emily (yeah, of the Dixie Chicks), is a pain-soaked ode to...well...pain. And getting over it. And drinking to avoid it. The album is at times tender (the finale, a stellar cover of Springsteen's seminal "Racing in the Streets") and tough; the album is laced with such lines as "Maybe 'cause you're yellow that's the reason that I got the blues," "I'm in love with you 'cause I've got nothin' better to do," "She changed her name what's wrong with that/I promise you she's never gonna get real fat," and other sentimental peons of love.

Robison has crafted one of the strongest catalogs of country music today (perhaps only equaled by lil' bro Bruce), and he's done it by making music that doesn't fit solidly into any one mold. It's country, no doubt, but it's too country for radio, yet at the same time too rock. Or too blues. Or too whatever. His excellence as a songwriter is perhaps shown best in his choice of covers; here we have two Keith Gattis tunes, one by Bobby Bare Jr., and the afore-mentioned Springsteen anthem. Robison manages to live within the lyrics, though naturally he shines best on his own material: the dirty "Yellow Blues," the ironic title track, the absolutely stellar "If the Rain Don't Stop/Middle of the Night," and the rest.

BEAUTIFUL DAY is easily one of the best country records of the year.
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