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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000N60H6I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Country star Gretchen Wilson has set a May 15 release date for her third album, "One of the Boys," which will be released by Columbia in the wake Epic Nashville's closure last year. Wilson co-produced the 11-track set with Mark Wright and her Muzik Mafia mate John Rich of Big & Rich. Rich also guests on first single "Come To Bed," which has thus far topped out at No. 32 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The new album is the follow-up to 2005's "All Jacked Up," which has sold 1.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Now this is more like it. A song-by-song retort to fans who might confine Wilson to some trailer-park queendom and to critics who might dethrone her for All Jacked Up, a half-hearted, hurried sequel to her quintuple-platinum debut, Gretchen Wilson's third album fires on all radio-ready-honky-tonk-and-hillbilly-rock cylinders. It's also a portrait of a tough, talented woman making her own way in what's still largely a man's, man's country world. She gets plenty of help from hot Nashville writers John Rich, Rivers Rutherford, and Vicky McGehee, but her working-class and feminist spin on country archetypes--temptation, whiskey, work, and Mom--is authentic and her own. Even when, as on the title track, she revisits "Redneck Woman," she retools the conceits with one of her best melodies. When she goes for the throat on "You Don't Have to Go Home," with a ripping fiddle line and an AC/DC guitar break, she's not just wailing last call: she's showing the whole honky-tonk who's boss. She still loves classic rock boogie--"Place in the Whiskey" quotes both Bob Seger and the melody of "Call Me the Breeze"--but she counters all the butt-kicking with solid ballads like "Heaven Help Me," "Pain Killer," and "To Tell You the Truth," her most heartbreaking and honest lyric. Funny, feisty, rocking and, best of all, true to herself, Wilson didn't really need a comeback album; nevertheless, she's made one that brings her all the way back. --Roy Kasten

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I love all Her Cd's...This one is just as good.
J. Dobbin
Gretchen's voice is used very well on the songs and sounds great.
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I love Gretchen Wilsons CD's and this one is great too.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on July 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
A little background before I ever review ONE OF THE BOYS for itself. Bear with me.

Honestly, this isn't the way it should've gone down for Gretchen Wilson. When HERE FOR THE PARTY bowed in 2004, it was the most (or atleast one of the most)anticipated country album(s) of the year. It slid in behind the unstoppable Usher who'd had the no. 1 spot locked for several weeks and sold 228,000, not bad for a debut artist. It spawned the massive crossover hit "Redneck Woman", which peaked in the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, a very esteemed achievement for a country single. It propelled her debut album to multi-platinum status - approximately 4 million sold in just the U.S. alone. With the processes of propelling a debut artist to success with here debut album, all looked like it was set it stone that Gretchen Wilson was country's next big superstar in the league of Faith Hill or Shania Twain. Then 2005's ALL JACKED UP arrived to debut at no. 1 with 264,000, more than here debut. However, the "Redneck Woman" styled single "All Jacked Up" failed to rack up reviews even close to that of the single that made Gretchen Wilson, well Gretchen Wilson. Sure, the album didn't go unnoticed in the sense that it didn't sell, but how does 1.1 million compare to 4 million. Making a promising career's problems worse, ONE OF THE BOYS just maybe the sinker. With a tepid no. 5 debut and a devastatingly low 73,000 copies sold, first week sales and follow-up week sales of this fine country album by Wilson have been disappointing.

Sure, ONE OF THE BOYS is a credible, strong effort. But ONE OF THE BOYS lacks two things that made even the underrated ALL JACKED UP a moderate success.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lorenda Sue Patterson on May 18, 2007
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This third CD may be Ms. Wilson's best project as a package. The songs are lyrically superior to some earlier work and delve deeper into heart and soul. While some men might find it difficult to identify with some of the tracks, there are others which men should appreciate. There is humor in "There Goes The Neighborhood" and "If You Want a Mother." There is the deepest of soul-searching in "Heaven Help Me" and "To Tell You The Truth." Each track has the ability to reach to the day-to-day aspects of life. Yet, while acknowledging the difficulties in the world of most people, these songs somehow leave one feeling that life can be good and whatever is bad isn't the end of the world. The sound on the album is crisp and clear. The instruments on this album are so skillfully utilized that you feel you've heard masterful playing and great vocal support. A great work from all those involved!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yellowroses on October 26, 2007
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One of the Boys I really enjoyed this cd by Gretchen Wilson. One song in particular stands out and that is 'COME TO BED" (featuring John Rich), it speaks of never going to bed angry with each other. This cd is varied in subjects and straight to the point as only Gretchen can be. Can be enjoyed by one and all no matter what kind of music you like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Woody on December 29, 2007
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ONE OF THE BOYS offers a collection of songs that documents musical superiority. Ms. Wilson continues to convey emotions beyond most, if not all, contemporary country performers. The lyrics for each musical story bares the performer's soul.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 15, 2007
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Prime Cuts: Good Ole Boy, Heaven Help Me, If You Want a Mother

When Gretchen Wilson asserts on her mega hit "Redneck Woman" that she would bypass a pricey Victoria Secret's product in favor of a half-priced Walmart look-a-like, she has given affirmation that worth is not found in our outward appearance. Rather it is being who we are. Her gallant ability to bring perspicuity to life's values in a way that engages the average Joe and Jane, has made Wilson one of the best selling female artists post-Shania Twain. And for album number three, this redneck woman has taken her self-professing homily to heart as "One of the Boys" is bankrupt of any pretension. Instead, Wilson airs her frustrations, joys and admonitions about life, love and relationships with diary-like frankness augmented with an occasional swirl of wit. Though less bottom-kicking and hard-edged as her former 2 discs, Wilson does explores her softer side via the presence of more introspective ballads. However, with the coalescence of the ever provocative Muzikmafia's John Rich still on the co-producer's chair and Wilson's incendiary 3-D personality, this CD is anything but boring.

Her more malleable trait is given exposition on the uptempo "The Girl I Am." No longer "the eight ball shooting double fisted woman," "The Girl I Am" finds Wilson giving privy to her inner fears and hurts. Similarly, on the title cut, she confesses her need to be "somebody's baby" despite her uncouth often tuff-chic image. On the hymn-like ballad "Heaven Help Me," Wilson looks for redemption for all her wrongs in what is perhaps her most heartfelt performance to date. While lead single "Come to Bed," a duet with John Rich, is a big Tim McGraw/Faith Hill typed ballad about finding an alternative to domestic disharmony.
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By A. Morrow on May 21, 2007
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Firstly, let me say that I think Gretchen Wilson could be the salvation of today's country music. She is just the antidote we need to all the half-hearted or self-conscious country singing so prevalent right now.

That said, while this album is certainly enjoyable and shows us a music career still full of promise, I did not feel that it is on par with her two previous albums. I say this not in terms of quality, but in less tangible terms of that vocal fire and passion that Gretchen showed in the past. The latest Gretchen is a more vulnerable and introspective; can't we have this and the devil-may-care Gretchen, too? Unfortunately it seems that when a strong female singer who does not conform to the country-diva image arrives on the scene, soon the industry clips her wings and calls it showing her "sensitive" side. Now this may not have been the intent of this album, but female vocalists especially tend to mellow out and lose their edge over time.

In sum, buy this album for the Gretchen that could be, because she may become that in the future. For all of us who still appreciate butt-kicking country and real, raw emotion, buy this album because Gretchen Wilson is that. She doesn't have to run from the "Redneck Woman" stereotype or fear being pigeonholed. Gretchen, don't compensate or compromise. Country music is counting on you.
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