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I Loved Her First

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Country band Heartland will release their new album, I Loved Her First, on Oct. 10 on Lofton Creek Records. The title track is currently No. 9 on Billboard's country airplay chart.

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Despite the touching title ballad, most of Heartland's debut is as generically bland as the Alabama group's name, and a little too stylistically eclectic to establish much of an identity. "Freebird in a Firebird" celebrates the glory days of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the sexual fantasy of "Let's Get Dirty" channels both the Rolling Stones and the Who, and the obligatory countrier-than-thou anthem, "Too Country," comes from the Hank Williams Jr. school. Yet treacle such as "You" would be rejected by '70s soft-rockers Bread as too wimpy, and "Play Hurt" and "Built to Last" are simply catalogs of clichés. Recorded with veteran producer-songwriter Walt Aldridge (who shares credit on much of the material, none of it written by the band) at Fame in Muscle Shoals, the band evokes that studio's fabled soul grooves on "No Getting Over Me" and "Judge a Man by the Woman," highlights that show promise. --Don McLeese


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  • Audio CD (October 10, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lofton Creek
  • ASIN: B000I8OOO2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wary Consumer on January 9, 2007
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The title song of this album was recommended to me when my daughter married last month. I needed a tune for that traditional dance of the bride with her father. I bought this album for that purpose, and this song captured my emotions at the time perfectly. It was a magical moment. I heartily recomend "I Loved Her First." Not a lot of tunes out there addresses fatherly sentiments.

Oh, but be careful to understand. I recommend the SONG, not the album by Heartland of the same name. The rest of the tracks, really, did not do a whole lot for me. I found it repetitious, and quite pedestrian so far as country music goes. I am a fan of the country genre, and I don't quite know a good comparison to make to communicate where Heartland is. They are definitely less complex musically than, say, Alabama. Their lyrics are less inspired, than, say, Toby Keith. They are just out there -- nothing to really commend their music; pleasing enough, standard themes, not exceptional. Probably making a great living on the State Fair circuit.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 20, 2006
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Prime Cuts: I Loved Her First, Built to Last, No Getting Over You

In today's country music soundscape of swinging honky tonk badonkadonk and yee haw pulp, thank God for Heartland. Instead of recording those down right silly novelty ditties, these six men band has made the bull's eye for the heart. Their lead single, "I Have Loved Her First," a gorgeous teary-eyed ballad about a father giving her daughter away in marriage draws upon the resplendent tradition of classics such as Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses." And such an effort has certainly reaped handsomely when "I Have Loved Her First," made it all way to the pinnacle of the chart, a fleet almost unheard of for an independent imprint act. Stylistically, Heartland's ross-matriculation of soft 70s rock and blue-collared country coupled with lead singer Jason Albert's country-bluesy tenor calls to mind the long gone era of Alabama, Exile and Restless Heart.

For fans who have been smitten by the title track, "Built to Last" will easily be a favorite. A tender ballad that tells of an elderly couple offering marital advice to a pair of newly weds, "Built to Last" is well serviced by Albert's ernest delivery and an unforgetable tune. Whetting the appetite of the hopeless romantic even more is the languid ¾ ballad "Judged a Man By His Woman" which puts the definitive measure of a man's worth not by the toys he has, but by the way he treats his woman. While the inspirational "Play Hurt" underscores the timeless message of not allowing our failures to stand in our way of progress.

Adding an imminent down home poignancy to Ronnie Milsap's "No Getting Over You," it's also the album's only cover.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Booty on January 9, 2007
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Like many people, I suspect, I bought this album for its debut single and so was pleasantly surprised to find that the whole album is enimently enjoyable. It gets off to a rollicking start and shows a lot of depth and polish throughout. It's country with roots and a little bit of an edge.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Hafele on January 11, 2007
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This CD is great!I really enjoy all the songs. My favorite is still "I Loved Her First" I bought this because my daughter is getting married shortly and wants to dance to this with her Dad. Perfect, absolutely perfect!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Wilder on January 9, 2007
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I had never heard of this group before hearing their song, "I Loved Her First" on the radio. I was pleased to find that I enjoyed every song on this CD. My enjoyment of country music continues to grow, and I'm glad I added this group to my small collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe D. Harris on January 11, 2007
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The first time I heard this song, I cried. It is so true!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Keane on June 18, 2014
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Excellent Buy, The price was very good and the CD was like new. I could not find this at my local stores. Thanks for the smooth transaction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Pamela Williams on January 12, 2007
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Songs that bring back memories of "his" little girls, all grown now, are a must at our house. I Loved Her First was a must have...
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