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Private Radio

Billy Bob ThorntonAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lost Highway Records
  • ASIN: B00005NK33
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Editorial Reviews

You wouldn't expect the man behind Sling Blade to turn out a pedestrian album, but Billy Bob Thornton's country debut turns out to be surprising both for its risks and for its routine. To his credit, Thornton, with Marty Stuart producing, bypasses radio formula for a different kind of connection with his listener, veering from lengthy spoken verse to retro hillbilly deluxe. But does the listener want to hear what he has to say? In the opening song, "Dark and Mad," Thornton seems to telegraph the brooding danger of his most famous film role. Yet almost immediately he gets lost in ruminations so personal that he almost forgets there's an audience waiting to be involved. Past the kinky charm of "Forever," a bluesy, one-way telephone conversation in which he tells his main squeeze he's wearing the feathered pink panties she left in his car, there's a love song to his wife that's 180 degrees from passion, a revamped salute to John F. Kennedy, and a nine-and-a-half-minute piece of theatrical Southern gothic about witnessing a disturbing sexual encounter as a child. It's a weird trip, and totally unfocused, as if he just recorded whatever came into his head. But there's no denying Thornton's out-there charisma or the croaky appeal of his Arkansas twang. --Alanna Nash

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Private Radio by Billy Bob Thornton

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly intrigued... September 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this release, but after previewing the songs on this site I wanted to give it a shot. I honestly didn't expect much... I, like many, wrote off Billy Bob Thornton as another "actor wannabe musician" type and wasn't expecting a solidly enjoyable CD. That is exactly how I would describe this album. From the Rockabilly stylings of "Smoking In Bed" to the radio-friendly "Angelina" to BBT's "Beauty At The Backdoor" ramblings, this is a fabulous collection of personal (and professional) works. Each track is distinctive and evokes a separate emotion from the last... The solemn "He Was A Friend Of Mine" leads into the title track, which features some beautiful fretwork (as do most songs) by Marty Stuart. It is as appealing as it is offbeat - just like the movies Mr. Thornton tends to appear in. Personally, I feel like the vocals/songs lie between Bruce Robison and Johnny Cash. If you enjoy either of those artists and/or this one, definitely check out "Cheating At Solitaire" and "Under The Influences" by Mike Ness. Mike Ness is the frontman of Social Distortion (punk/rockabilly-influenced) and the sound on his solo albums are reminiscent of this genre. *This* CD just falls short of 5 stars because I just am not enchanted by a near 10 minute monologue (even if it is an exceptionally well-told story that draws you in)being added amidst the other tracks. It would be a travesty to exclude it altogether, but I would've have been more please if it were the last track or "hidden." I feel it disrupts the flow of the album. In any case, definitely check this CD out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By JuliaC
Format:Audio CD
Country music legend has it that songwriter Steve Goodman once claimed to have written the perfect country song, "You Never Even Called Me By My Name". He took it to his friend David Allan Coe, but Coe objected because the song had nothing about trains, trucks, being in jail, or Mama. The songwriter added a verse with all four, and the rest is country music history.
Billy Bob Thornton's "Private Radio" covers all these requisite topics and more-- but from an alternative perspective. For example: ...*** In Thornton's renditions, jail isn't the county drunk tank; instead, it's the every-day jail created by poverty, tribal knowledge, and childhood traumas that are hard to shake. ("Private Radio", "Beauty at the Back Door", "Your Blue Shadow")
*** Mama and trains make it onto the album too, but this time Mama hears the train in the distance but never makes it out of the holler to see it. ("Over That Mountain")
Perhaps the weakest link on this album is Thornton's acknowledgment/homage to his wife, Angelina Jolie. ("Angelina") It's not that the song is particularly weak; the lyrics are unique and sweet without being sugary. However, this tune has a subtle "pop" flavor that doesn't quite fit the rest of the album, even though Randy Scruggs plays guitar and bass for the track. It's a likeable tune though, and after a few listens, you'll find yourself humming the chorus at odd moments.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than you'd think--great in its own way September 27, 2001
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i host an "alternative country" radio show. THIS is definitely alternative country. while some of the tracks leave a bit to be desired, and some are just plain wierd, that somehow adds to the odd charm of this record. i absolutely love it. billy bob doesn't have the greatest voice in the world, but he uses what he has perfectly. and when he just simply sings, he does just fine. "that mountain" is an excellent song and ol sling blade harmonizes perfectly with marty stuart (another testament to the record...marty wouldn't record with just anyone). his nod to hank "lost highway" is excellent as well. i highly recommend this album, but it won't be what you think. give it a chance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst piece of crap ever! April 10, 2009
By Dinners
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Not even worth getting into - heard this at a friends and we all had a good laugh at how pitiful it sounded!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe it's already been a year... September 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
It's been a year already, and this album has only gotten better. Of course, by now, I've had time to memorize the whole thing, but what's really great is this album's staying power. I'm really not surprised at all, seeing how Sling Blade has been my favorite movie for nearly five years. What surprises me the most is how well it has been recieved, both with the critics and the fans. I admit that I was a little nervous about Billy Bob being lumped into what I call the "Hasselhoff/Shatner files" but this album has a genuine charm and brutal honesty that made it my favorite album of last year.
I wasn't lucky enough to catch him on tour, but hopefully, he'll come closer to my neck of the woods next time out. If you haven't picked this one up yet, it's high time to do so. I'm highly anticipating the next album (I hear it's a concept-album) but for now, I'm content to start it over and give it another spinning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Bob is great!
Billy Bob should continue (and does) to write his own music - he is gifted and talented and has a great voice also. I love his voice and when he talks...oh, my!!!
Published 17 months ago by Janice Stroud
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, new, different - totally Billy Bob!
Worth every penny! An excellent album! It's hard not to cringe through "Angelina" though...
Published on September 27, 2005 by towerclockraven
1.0 out of 5 stars Ham Radio
It would be an easy jibe to say the actor Billy Bob Thornton's album was a vanity project. He's keen to establish his cred - he played in Southern boogie bands as a teenager,... Read more
Published on August 31, 2005 by C. Bourke
5.0 out of 5 stars Private Radio a Must-Have!
Okay, I admit it: I bought this CD primarily out of curiosity. I've been a Billy Bob fan since Slingblade, and read that he had a CD. Read more
Published on February 8, 2004 by Graymalkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
I don't know what it is that keeps me coming back to this album. It's a masterwork by one of Hollywood's most well-known, but it also goes to show that you just can't lump a... Read more
Published on February 26, 2003 by Bill Allison
1.0 out of 5 stars Stick to Acting
I am not much of a country music listner, but what I have heard from this CD is terrible. Bill Bob has absolutley NO music talent whatsoever. Read more
Published on May 17, 2002 by Jayson Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best CD in my 300+ collection....
And I should have expected nothing less from Billy Bob Thornton.
I rarely review CDs, because as much as I love music, and as eclectic as my tastes run, I just don't feel... Read more
Published on May 8, 2002 by Judi Fryer
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly brilliant
I bought this because i liked him, not because i liked country music. At first i was unsure and yet soon grew to love it because of its honesty and style. Read more
Published on March 11, 2002 by Rachel
2.0 out of 5 stars Laughable
I was really looking forward to this CD. I was so disappointed, that after two plays, it's been sitting in my CD wallet. There are a few good, faster tracks on the CD. Read more
Published on February 12, 2002 by Dominika Lepak
5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative country at its best!
Billy Bob Thornton has proven himself a screen writer, actor, and director. Now he's a songwriter and singer. Read more
Published on January 19, 2002 by DanD
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